What effects does it have?

  • Head hair

    Changes hairline and disguises balding

What is it?

Surgical transplantation of hair, usually from one part of the scalp to another.

It's also known as Hair plugs.

How long does it last?

Transplanted hair may continue to grow for years but is not guaranteed to grow permanently. The hair surrounding the area hair is transplanted to may still be affected by balding, leaving patchy hair on your scalp.

More information

After hair transplantation, it may be helpful to continue treatment with minoxidil or finasteride to prevent further hair loss 1.

Alternatives to hair transplants include wigs, hair extensions, topical hair fibers, hair powders, and micropigmentation 2.

You can read more about hair transplants on the NHS Choices website.


  1. 1 Bhatti, Hammad A, Basra, Mohammad KA and Patel, Girish K (2013) “Hair restoration approaches for early onset male androgenetic alopecia.” Journal of cosmetic dermatology, 12(3), pp. 223–231.
  2. 2 Saed, Stephanie, Ibrahim, Omer and Bergfeld, Wilma F (2017) “Hair camouflage: A comprehensive review.” International journal of women’s dermatology, 3(1), pp. S75–S80.

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