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Hair transplants

What are hair transplants?

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

They're also known as Hair plugs.

What do hair transplants do?

  • Head hair

    Changes hairline and disguises balding

How long do hair transplants 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.

Are there other options?

Alternatives to hair transplants include wigs, hair extensions, topical hair fibers, hair powders, and micropigmentation 1.

Where can I learn more?

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

What else might I want?

After hair transplantation, it may be helpful to continue treatment with minoxidil or finasteride to prevent further hair loss 2.


  1. 1.
    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. Link
  2. 2.
    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. Link


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