Is Hair Transplantation Painful?

To answer this question, it might be a good idea to review some of the basics of hair transplantation. The practice of hair transplantation has been around since the 1950s and has developed greatly over the years. Essentially, hair from a hair-growing region of one’s scalp is removed and then grafted (or inserted) into the desired (thinning) area. The technique has become extremely sophisticated over the past few decades and hair units of as little as a few hairs, or even one single hair, can be removed and grafted into a new area effectively.

The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and can typically take from four to eight hours. While the procedure is extremely convenient, it is a surgical procedure nevertheless and consequently some discomfort can be expected. Before the procedure takes place, the patient will receive a local anesthetic, and they may feel a slight pricking sensation (like the tip of a pen on the scalp). Soon afterwards the anesthetic numbs the skin, relieving any sensation throughout the procedure.

In terms of recovery, patients may experience tenderness, redness, and mild pain for a few days afterwards and may need to take pain (and possibly anti-inflammatory) medication to alleviate post-procedural symptoms. However, these are generally mild enough that patients are able to return to work within a day or two, at most. Following post-procedure instructions during the first few weeks of healing will help minimize any discomfort following the hair transplant procedure.

Two to three weeks after transplantation, the introduced hair falls out, but this will be replaced by new hair growth. Six to nine months after the procedure, most patients will have realized 60% of new hair growth. By a year, most patients will realize full hair re-growth.

Hair loss therapies have come a long way from the wreath that the Roman Emperor Cesar sported to hide his receding hair line, the bogus ointments and tinctures touting themselves as miracle cures, and the duct tape-inspired adhesives (which are actually detrimental to hair follicle health) used to bind hair pieces to the scalp. Hair transplantation provides a natural-looking and permanent solution to hair loss.

If you are considering a hair transplant procedure, we recommend that you set up a free consultation with a Bosley Professional. Meeting with a Bosley Counselor and/or Physician will help answer your questions and guide you to the best solutions for your hair loss.

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What are the signs of male pattern baldness?

For many men the advent of hair loss, whatever the cause, can be more than a little unsettling and evoke a sense of isolation. However, The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery reported that 40% of men had noticeable hair loss by age 35, 65% by age 60, and 70% by 80 years of age. In fact, in the U.S. alone 35 million men are experiencing hair loss according to the July 2014 report. Worldwide, that number jumps to over 811 million. (Source: If these statistics do little to assuage one’s fears of follicular deficiency, consider that many Hollywood luminaries have not only faced hair loss, they have opted for hair restoration procedures. In this context, men experiencing hair loss are not only not alone, they are in celebrated company.


Surprisingly, given the prevalence of male pattern balding (2 out of 3 men experience it in the U.S.), archaic myths about it still abound. Some of the persistent myths about the cause of male pattern balding include: wearing a hat, using a blow dryer, and the mother’s genes. Ask any hair restoration doctor, and he/she would assert that these myths lack any credible scientific basis, and should be replaced by a careful consideration of the known facts.

Male pattern baldness (also known as androgenetic alopecia) is a permanent hair loss condition caused by genetics (from both sides of the family) and while it generally manifests later in life, it can be apparent as early as a man’s 20s. Typically this type of baldness starts at the hairline and causes the hairline to recede. The hairline first forms an “M” shape. Eventually the hair will become shorter and thinner and will create a horseshoe pattern of hair, leaving the top completely bald. This type of hair loss is typically diagnosed by the pattern itself.

There are many other factors that can contribute to hair loss including medical conditions or lifestyle changes. If you have experienced drastic hair loss or think you may have a medical condition, it is best to consult with your physician to determine the cause of your hair loss. After speaking to your physician you can make an appointment for a private and free consultation where a Bosley professional can help explain your hair loss and treatment options. Bosley has been the expert in hair restoration since 1974 treating permanent hair loss caused by male pattern baldness.

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Bosley Patient Testimonial – Steven A (Video)

Steven, a business manager and triathlete, started to notice how much his thinning hair was bothering him during a triathlon, when he had to remove his swim cap and felt pangs of anxiety about how his hair looked to the crowd.

At this point, he’d been dealing with the hair loss by doing the minimal (trying out a topical here and there) but it got to the point that he could no longer ignore it.

The hair restoration results Steve got from his Bosley procedure give him a sense of pride and self-assurance, and he’s enjoyed his more youthful appearance since the procedure. Learn more about all available hair loss treatment options or request your free information kit & DVD packet on If you are ready to discuss your hair loss and restoration options with a Bosley counselor or physician, call 800-249-6946 to schedule your free, in-person consultation. You can also schedule your consultation on

Bosley Patient Testimonial (Video) – Michelle L

Michelle began noticing her hair loss at a young age, but didn’t do much to try to treat it. When a friend asked her if she was going bald, she was devastated. Feeling self-conscious about her rapid hair loss, she invested thousands of dollars in hair loss remedies and hair extensions to mask the problem, with little success.

The results from her hair transplantation surgery she received from Bosley have restored have confidence and opened doors for her that she never expected.

Request your free information kit and learn more about hair loss causes and treatments at When you are ready to discuss your hair loss and explore the available treatment options, schedule your FREE, private consultation at any of Bosley’s 70 locations nationwide.

Bosley Patient Testimonial (Video) – Marc B

Marc, an attorney and avid outdoorsman, was so distraught with his early hair loss (he started to notice it at age 19!) that he was too afraid to even touch his hair for fear of losing even more hair. His confidence took a major blow as he stayed single through college, but when he moved to Los Angeles and his career started taking off, he wanted to feel confident with the way he looked so he finally did something about his hair loss.

Marc had a hair transplantation procedure with Bosley, which turned out to be a life-changing experience for him. No longer self-conscious or afraid to approach new people, Marc’s hair transplantation procedure has had a lasting effect on his personal and professional relationships.

Learn more about hair transplantation at Bosley, as well as the various hair loss treatment options available to you at Or, to discuss your hair restoration options and goals, schedule a free, private consultation with a Bosley counselor and/or physician.