Many people face the problem of hair loss and are looking for a fair solution. Hair transplantation was the solution of the 19th century. However, hair transplantation is still largely misunderstood by many; because they believe that the new hair that grows after the procedure is fake or will fall out. That is not true! Hair transplantation is not a miracle cure for hair loss.
A hair transplant is a big step and a significant investment, so knowing if your surgery offers a permanent solution to hair loss is natural. This post explains what to expect after hair restoration surgery and the possible lifespan of your treatment.
About hair transplant
Hair transplantation is when hair follicles are moved from one part of a person’s body to another. The hair follicles are removed from donor areas and placed in areas with no hair, which is called recipient areas. So new hair growth is just old hair in a new place. It is worth mentioning that it is accurate, natural, and also grows like your normal hair. These newly implanted hair strands last forever because these hair follicles are usually taken from areas that are genetically resistant to hair loss.
How long do the hair transplant results last?
In theory, a hair transplant could last a lifetime because the hair follicles collected for this procedure are genetically programmed to continue growing. However, age, lifestyle, hair type, and rate of hair loss can all affect the life expectancy of transplanted hair. In some cases, people may need more than one procedure to get the results they want.
Before we take a closer look at this, it’s essential to understand how the process works and what it entails.
What happens during a hair transplant?
At the Hairsure Clinic, we use two main methods for hair transplantation – Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Excision/Extraction (FUE). Both procedures use different techniques to collect the hair graft, but both can give excellent results.
During the FUT process, surgeons remove pieces of healthy skin that have hair, mainly from the back of the head, called the donor. The strip is then divided into tiny grafts of individual follicular units consisting of one to four hairs.
However, the FUE technique uses the latest technology to extract individual follicular units directly from the scalp using a 0.8 mm to 1 mm “punch” device. These perforators can be manual, hand motorized, or robotically controlled, depending on the surgeon’s preference.
As soon as the graft is removed, either by FUT or FUE, our renowned surgeon implants them up in small incisions in the bald area of the scalp. This process is carried out with great care, precision, and art to create a natural look that blends perfectly with the patient’s natural hair.
The FUT technique leaves a linear scar, whereas the FUE leaves a series of small imperfections made up of dots on the donor area, but these are barely visible to the naked eye. So you can expect your head to be free of scabies for ten days after surgery.
Both FUT and FUE can produce great results, but each method has its advantages and disadvantages. The best choice will depend on the extent and characteristics of the hair loss, the quality, and quantity of the donor’s hair, and the final look you want to achieve. During the consultation period, Hairsure Clinic doctors provide you with various options to help you decide which, if any, is best.
What to expect after FUT or FUE surgery
In the first four months after a hair transplant, some of the newly implanted hair may “shed.” This is entirely normal during the early “resting phase” and is not a sign that the transplant was unsuccessful.
Most of our patients see mostly new hair growth between five and twelve months after surgery, with full results usually seen after fifteen months. At this point, your
transplanted hair should look and behave similarly to your natural hair.
Do hair transplant results last forever?
When considering hair restoration treatment, you may wonder, “How long will the results of a FUT transplant take?” Or “FUE permanent transplant?”
In hair transplantation, the grafts are taken from head areas where they are genetically programmed to continue growing. Even after implantation in the bald areas of the scalp, the transplanted hair follicles retain their original characteristics and continue to grow for life. That means that a FUT or FUE hair transplant can last a lifetime with the right surgeon and the proper care.
However, it is essential to understand that everyone is different. No treatment can guarantee a transplanted hair thickness that does not match the patient’s natural hair’s nature, thickness, and life expectancy.
Although FUT and FUE hair transplants can offer a permanent solution to hair loss, it is not uncommon for patients to undergo more than one procedure during their hair restoration. However, one of the biggest challenges is that the number of hair donors on the back of the head and sides of the head is limited, so it is rare to replace all the hair loss in a lifetime.
What can affect the outcome of a hair transplant?
As one of the world’s top hair restoration centres, Hairsure clinic has an excellent reputation for performing successful FUT and FUE hair transplants. However, each patient is unique, and the result will depend on several factors, including:
- Hair Characteristics: Curly, coarse hair looks thicker than straight, fine hair
- The severity of hair loss: this affects the relationship between the donor area and the recipient area
- Density in the donor area: patients with thick hair in the donor area will have a more excellent supply of follicular units
- Donor Follicular Unit Grouping: Donor hair with an abundance of three and four hair follicle units will look “thicker” than donor hair with only one and two hair follicle units
- Patient head size: Surgeon can remove more grafts than patients with a larger head circumference
- The contrast between hair and skin tone: Hair inevitably thins when the patient has pale skin, and dark hair as more skin is visible through the hair
- Sagging skin: The patient’s sagging skin affects the amount of tissue extracted with the FUT strip.
FUT and FUE transplants are not for everyone, so it is essential to examine them before any hair restoration form thoroughly.
Unlike some clinics, we will always be honest and realistic about the results you can expect after surgery. Therefore, we will only recommend the procedure if this is the right step for you and see the possibility of a positive result.
Do I need more than one hair transplant?
Planning and performing a successful hair transplant can be challenging, as hair loss is often an ongoing process. This means that while the transplanted hair may become permanent, the patient’s natural hair may continue to thin.
As a result, patients sometimes need to undergo more than one hair transplant in their lifetime. This could be to thicken an area previously transplanted, treat a new area that has gone bald, or transplant hair into an area experiencing persistent hair loss.
After hair restoration surgery, many of our patients take anti-hair loss medications such as finasteride and minoxidil to stabilize ongoing hair loss and minimize the need for further surgery.
Ensure that these questions are discussed with you during the consultation process to be fully informed before any surgical procedure.
Hairsure Clinic offers all of our patient’s comprehensive follow-up care to ensure the best long-term results.
So, from the above explanation, one can say that most of the patients after hair transplantation are given drugs for hair growth, and in some cases, a new hair transplant is needed after a few years. It would help if you talked to your doctor about the limitations and risks of hair transplantation for the best lifetime results.
However, our treatment does not end when the graft is safe and your scalp has healed. Hairsure Clinic open-door policy guarantees patients lifetime access to professional hair care. This means that you can come back to us at any time, either for further examination and intervention or simply for ongoing support and advice to help you care for your hair and prevent potential problems.
Our experienced team can talk to you to determine the best treatment option if you consider a hair transplant. To arrange a consultation, please call us on 04042020202.