How Long Does a Hair Transplant Last?

Elisa Chistyukhina
Elisa Chistyukhina
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I am considering a hair transplant. How long will it last?

The short answer is that a high-quality hair surgical procedure should last for the rest of your life. This is because when you lose your hair, the thinning or bald areas are not caused by genetic problems with your scalp, but rather the hair follicles. The surgeon will use donor follicles which are genetically programmed against hair loss.
Because of this, if the hair follicles which have lost hair are replaced by healthy hair follicles from a donor area, there is no reason that a hair transplant should not be a permanent solution to hair loss. This also works against shock loss of hair. Of course, this relies on the procedure being carried out in by the best quality surgeons in the hair transplant business.

What are the success rates of hair transplants?

Hair transplants carried out with the most modern technology and by experienced medical teams have an extremely high success rate. The best clinics offer success rates of around 95%. This is thanks to their use of the most modern technologies, such as FUE (Follicle Unit Extraction) and DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) which protect the hair follicles during transfer to the recipient area.
Even more recent developments in the hair transplant methods, such as the use of the precious stone sapphire to make even finer cuts in the scalp, have raised success rates even more.

The best and most experienced surgeons have unparalleled knowledge of hair restoration surgery. For example, Cosmedica Clinic has experience of over 20,000 hair transplants, with exceptionally high success rates. This is the sort of expertise which will do the most to guarantee a high success rate.

What is the most successful hair transplant procedure?

The best and most modern hair transplant procedures are those which give the best chance of successful hair growth. That means FUT and FUE transplants. FUT stands for Follicular Unit Transplant and FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction.  Also, there is an even more protective variant of the FUE method, the DHI (Direct Hair Implantation).
FUT involves the surgical transfer of a strip of skin that still has hair onto the thinning or bald areas. A FUT procedure has a good chance of success, although it is less popular these days because it often leads to a noticeable scar in the donor area. Often this is the back of the head, so if you have a short haircut this scar can be visible.

These days, more patients opt for FUE or DHI surgery. This is primarily because they avoid scarring. In an FUE hair transplant, the individual follicular units are taken from the donor area. This is more expensive as it takes longer, but once the healthy follicles are established in the recipient area, the new healthy hair should last forever.

DHI can give ever better protection because the hair follicles are transferred in a special DHI implanter pen which gives the follicles 360-degree protection. This gives them the best possible chance to thrive in their new home.
Which method is best depends on the extent of hair loss. Hair transplanted with FUE or DHI techniques will fall out soon after the operation. But it will grow back, and this time, it will be forever.
Both FUE and DHI can be further improved using sapphire cutting tools. The precious stone can cut more finely and reduce the chance of hair damage or infection.

What can I do to help my hair grafts grow and establish themselves?

There are a few things you can do to help guarantee the desired results. Firstly, the hair surgeon may prescribe anti-inflammatory medicine to help with any swelling or redness after the operation. You should take the medicine.
You need to be careful with your new hair for a while after the operation. For example, you should wait a few days before washing your hair, and then do so gently. Use shampoos for sensitive skin for a while.
Leave a few days before going to work and avoid exercise for a week or so. Do not comb or bush your hair for a few weeks after the operation. Likewise, avoid clothes that might brush against your hair when putting them on, such as hats or sweaters.

If you follow these steps there is every chance that your operation will be the final solution to your hair loss problems. A future of natural hair beckons.

Change your life with a hair transplant with Dr. Acar at Cosmedica clinic. Get a free hair consultation here.