How Long Does A Hair Transplant Last? (Is It Permanent?)

Unfortunately, hair loss is something both men and women have to deal with at one point in their lives. 

Some MUCH EARLIER than others. 

Whether the cause is health conditions, stress, genetic or alopecia, in the end, one way they all lead to the same results – Hair loss.

No matter if it’s a small amount, front, back, noticeable, hidden it can be a difficult problem to come to terms with. 

While there are many over the counter medications and treatments available, the truth is these are only products to help slow down the hair loss process. 

The only cure for hair loss is a hair transplant, which is why so many people are opting for this procedure. 

One of the most common questions asked before committing to such a life-changing procedure, is how long does a hair transplant last?

Those of you desperate to sort your hair loss problems will be happy to know that hair transplants are typically long-lasting and likely to last a lifetime. Although there are different factors that can change the amount of time your transplant will last.

Before getting into too much detail, let’s learn all about hair transplants to help you make an informed decision on whether it is worth the risk of getting one. 

What Is A Hair Transplant?

We all know a hair transplant is a surgical procedure that has been popular for many years, the first-ever transplant was all the way back in the 1950s (obviously the technique has improved a little since then). 

The hair transplant procedure simply involves removing hair follicles from the site of your hair where you have current hair follicles (The donor site) and adding them to the areas you have hair loss. 

This is either carried out individually which is an FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) or it can be a FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) which is where they use follicles from a strip of skin from a site of healthy grown hair on the scalp.

As the incisions on the scalp heal, the follicles start promoting the growth of new hair.

As hair loss is seen as progressive sometimes there is a physical limit to what can be completed in a single procedure. This is why some patients will go back for multiple procedures to increase the density of their hair. 

Types Of Hair Transplants 

There are two different types of transplants available which have been briefly explained in the previous section but let’s go into detail to give you an idea of which you may need to go through when having your transplant. 

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

In this method of hair transplant, the surgeon will exact an entire strip from the scalp from the donor area. This would normally be removed from the back of the head but it is so small you wouldn’t be able to notice once the hair grows back. 

The strip is further split in to as many as 2000 minuscule follicular grafts, each one helping to achieve either a few strands or even just an individual strand of hair. 

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Unlike the FUT where the surgeon removes a strip at one time, the surgeon will extract individual follicles from the area being used, using a microneedle. This is less invasive as no skin graft is required and therefore no stitches are needed. 

Once the tiny incisions have been made, these incisions will quickly heal and soon be filled with existing hair. FUE procedure is the more common procedure chosen as it involves a lot less scarring. This will all depend on the area you need covering. 

How Long Does Hair Transplant Last?

One of the most important factors you worry about before choosing to carry out the procedure is how long your transplant will last. This will all depend on many different factors. 

Firstly, it’s absolutely essential, you do your research and you get it done from an experienced and highly recommended hair restoration specialist (even better talk to someone who has already been to the surgeon). 

Next, you need to be aware of what’s normal and what’s not (try not to stress). Once the hair transplant procedure is complete, you will really be able to notice the new outline of your enhanced hairline. 

Hair should start to grow quickly after your transplant but rest assured that you may notice the transplanted hair falling out first. This is NORMAL.

It will fall out within two to six weeks which in hindsight can be frustrating and complete panic but it’s what is meant to happen. 

Within a few months, the hair will start to grow through and this is the hair that is there for a lifetime.

Remember it can take a long as six months to see any changed in your hair growth and for the complete results of your transplant, this will be visible after a year. 

PATIENCE IS KEY. 

In the majority of patients, a hair transplant will be permanent because the hair transplant has worked with your healthy scalp and new hair is growing through. 

Factors That Affect How Long It Lasts

Just understand if you find yours hasn’t lasted as long as you would think there are factors that can majorly affect the outcome such as; 

  • Patients age 
  • Hair Type 
  • Lifestyle 
  • The extent of the hair loss 

In the case that it is not lasting as long as you think it would. It would be suggested that you go back for repeat procedures to get the desired results to achieve a lifetime of hair. 

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Conclusion

Hopefully from this article, you have gathered all the information needed to understand how long a transplant should last although this is not set in stone that your transplant will last a lifetime. 

Although it shouldn’t be a worry as if you are starting to see more hair loss as time goes on you can repeat the procedure as many times as needed. 

What did you think of our hair transplant article on how long it will last? Do you have any questions, please feel free to contact us as we love to hear from our readers. 

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