Dealing with male or female hair loss has become commonplace today. Hair transplants have also increased in popularity. Especially with more celebrities telling their story. You need to be a good candidate for a hair transplant. To achieve the best result. A concern as well as a popular question. Is a hair transplant a permanent solution? How long does a hair transplant last?
In theory transplanted hairs will grow for a lifetime. As genetically healthy hair follicles are only used. To repopulate areas of hair loss. They retain their genetic properties. Even when moved. The look of the hair transplant depends. Largely on the natural hair characteristics. As well as the surgical and artistic competence of the Doctor. Other factors that affect the quality of a hair transplant result. Such as the individual´s age. The extent of hair loss today, as well as the family hair loss history.
FUE hair transplant day
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Is now the most popular technique. Doctor performed. Aided by a team of hair technicians. Performed under a local anesthetic and mild sedative. The patient is able to get up during the day. Eat and drink at timed intervals. The length of the FUE depends on the size of the procedure. The number of grafts. As a result, larger FUE procedures maybe performed over two consecutive days.
After your consultation and preparation the day properly begins. With the FUE donor harvesting. Performed by the Doctor. Using special punch instrument to individual remove the follicular units. The size of the punch relates to the hair unit size. For instance, smaller hair units, one and two hair needs a smaller punch. Whereas larger hair units three and four hairs may requires a slightly larger instrument. The punch device can be manual, or motorised. Depending on the Doctor´s preference.
The follicular units are cleaned and checked. Under magnification and kept safe in a surgical holding solution. Waiting to be placed into the new area, the recipient area. This process of placement is slow and delicate. Consequently requires patience and precision. To ensure the hair units are distributed correctly. As well as will grow naturally. Blending with the individual’s existing hair.
Your hair transplant result
A hair transplant takes around a year to fully grow. Even then the hair can continue to mature over the following 4-6 months. Sometimes longer. Healing begins immediately. Care is required over the first two weeks to not damage the hair or skin. Both donor and recipient areas. Follow the instructions provided by your Clinic. At one month after the transplanted hairs begin to shed and enter a resting cycle. Before commencing growth around 2-3 months later.
When fully grown and mature. The transplanted hair behaves no different than before. Grows naturally, needs washing and cutting. As the hair is genetically programmed to regrow. It is not affected by the male pattern hair loss gene. That said, surrounding native hair may have the hair loss gene. As a result this hair may thin and shed over time. Often the male pattern can be seen in older male family members.
Will a hair transplant last forever?
A hair transplant is the permanent movement of genetically strong hair. While a hair transplant can create a new hairline, improve hair coverage. Also add hair density to diffuse hair. A hair transplant cannot prevent progressive hair loss. A responsible hair restoration Doctor will plan for future hair loss. For example, have strict hair transplant protocols in place. To care for the donor harvesting, hairline planning and more.
A planned hair transplant wll be concerned about the future. As a result if and when hair loss advances. A subsequent hair transplant can be performed. The younger the hair loss candidate the more likely hair loss will advance. Consequently, multiple hair transplants may be required. While the average hair transplant candidate maybe able to undergo multiple transplants. It depends on the donor hair limitations.
Good hair transplant candidates
There is a limited supply of donor hair. That being the hair around the back and sides of one’s head. Subsequently if hair loss advances it may not be possible to replace all the hair lost. In respect of hair coverage and natural looking hair density. Therefore, while transplanted hair may be permanent. The individual´s original native hair may not be.
Having a thorough hair assessment is the priority. important. To assess your hair characteristics. Along with your age, hair loss pattern for instance. An assessment should be realistic about the results you can expect to achieve. Otherwise an individual’s expectations maybe too high. Technically impossible to reach. Consequently, even average hair characteristics can achieve very good hair transplant results.
The consultation can start online. especially if you are a distance from the Clinic. Or simply have limited time to spare. It should include sending your personal and hair loss detail. Include clear images that expose your hair loss. As well as your goals and expectations from hair restoration. A personal consultation not only allows for a more detailed assessment of your hair. But the opportunity to meet the Doctor and Clinic.
A hair transplant result is for life. Consequently it makes sense to plan well. From the first hair transplant. Especially if you have progressive hair loss in your family genes. The best hair transplants are undetectable. Natural looking hair growth. Appropriate hairline shape and design. That complement the facial bone structure. As the individual ages. As well as a balanced coverage and hair density. Not achieved through chance. But thought out and planned.