As anyone who is suffering from premature hair loss is all too aware, there are a multitude of hair restoration “solutions”. A simple search of the leading search engines will produce an almost endless number of websites that promise “instant” or “guaranteed” or “genuine” hair loss treatments. Many of the most popular sites are those that promote hair transplantation as the best way of combating hair loss.In this article, we will examine the development of hair transplant treatments, ask whether hair transplantation is in reality the most appropriate solution for most hair loss sufferers and provide an alternative to hair transplant surgery as a treatment for hair loss.The Development of Hair TransplantationHair transplantation, as a means of treating hair loss, was developed as long ago as the 1950s, when surgeons first began to transplant donor follicular grafts onto bald areas of the scalp. The procedures were relatively basic, but over the ensuing years, techniques became more refined and less surgically invasive, with the size of the graft incisions becoming increasingly smaller. These smaller and less invasive incisions allowed the hair transplant surgeons to graft many follicular units onto a bald patch. The number of these grafts per area of baldness increased further over time but, despite the fact that research and surgical practice continued to develop, frequently disappointing results have continued to drive the quest for a successful transplantation procedure ever forward. There are now various types of transplant procedure available, many of which are promoted through the involvement of sporting figures and other celebrities, but the question still remains whether transplantation is the best option.In answering that question, it is necessary to consider the effectiveness of transplantation and some of its possible side effects.How Effective Is Hair Transplant Treatment?In general terms, the effectiveness of hair transplant treatment often depends on the person involved. The more healthy the subject, the more likely the treatment is to work. Also, hair transplantation is not suitable for extensive baldness but only for smaller patches. Finally, hair transplant treatment does not prevent the continuation of the balding process on other areas of the scalp, creating the need for ongoing, repeat treatment. The fact that hair transplantation research is ongoing, over 60 years since it commenced, demonstrates that there is still much ground to be made before it can be said that it is entirely effective. Additionally, hair transplantation can carry certain disadvantages.Side Effects of Hair Transplant SurgeryThe first unpleasant “side-effect” of hair transplantation is the cost, which can mean that it is not an option for many hair loss sufferers to even consider. For those who are able to meet the cost, there are the usual risks associated with most surgical procedures, including infection, bleeding and the formation of scar tissue. It may be necessary to receive antibiotic medication and topical antiseptic treatment. In addition to scarring, the visual effect of hair transplantation can often be affected by an uneven and unnatural looking growth of new hair, which can sometimes be subject to sudden loss, which is sometimes, albeit not always, permanent.An Alternative to Hair Transplant SurgeryWhilst there are those who believe that a hair transplant is the best solution for their hair loss problem, there are many others who now consider it to be unsuitable for them. There are also those who simply do not wish, or are unable, to undergo surgery, with all that it entails, to provide only a temporary solution to what is going to be an ongoing issue. Total Cover Plus provides a real alternative to hair transplant treatment at a far lower cost, without the invasiveness of surgery (and all of its consequences) and without causing the damage to the remaining healthy follicles that can occur through the hair transplant procedure itself.The Total Cover Plus solution can be achieved in less than two hours and provides a safe, relatively inexpensive, pain-free and undetectable alternative treatment for hair loss.