Hair loss is a common phenomenon in men as well as women. It can be reversible or irreversible based on number of different factors viz. genetics, health conditions, stress, or diet, all of which can lead to premature hair loss, thinning of hair, or a receding hairline. While over-the-counter medications and topical treatments are available, most people opt for hair transplants for long-lasting results.
So this brings us to the most obvious question: “How long does a hair transplant last?” Before getting into a detailed answer, let’s learn about hair transplants to make an informed decision about getting one.
What is a hair transplant?
A hair transplant procedure involves extracting hair follicles from the donor site (usually the back of the head) which are then transplanted into the bald patches of the scalp. Let’s briefly look at the different techniques in hair transplant surgery.
1. Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
Highly surgical process where a strip of skin is cut from the back of head resulting in a long scar. Archaic technique still prevalent in Australia as it minimizes surgery time for a surgeon as most part is outsourced to Assistants/ Technicians. Implantation done by first creating slits in treatment area and placing the grafts into them with forceps, allowing little control over angle, direction and depth.
2. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Primarily an extraction technique where a punch is used to make small circular incisions in the skin around grafts, using a motorized extractor, removing them one by one from the scalp. The holes heal throughout the donor area and are undetectable. Implantation process same as that in FUT.
3. Direct Follicle Implantation (DHI)
Extraction process similar to that of FUE except that DHI uses manual punches (old technique leading to low harvesting and graft survivability). Grafts are implanted using a Choi implanter (whosoever claims they have patents over the implanter device, is telling a lie), for greater control on depth, direction and angle of placement.
4. Direct Follicle Insertion (DFI)
Most advanced technique taking the best of FUE and DHI, perfected by evolutionary protocols. Extraction method is based on FUE technique (latest motorized tool), the preservation method is inspired from best practices used in organ transplants and the implantation method leverages the Direct Hair Implant technique.
How long does transplanted hair last?
While considering a hair transplant, it is normal to wonder how long a hair transplant will last. If you want your hair transplant to last a lifetime, it is important that you get it done from a skilled hair transplant surgeon and a well reputed clinic that follows all safety protocols.
Once the hair transplant procedure is complete, you will notice the new outline of your enhanced hairline. However, many patients might notice that the newly transplanted hair falls out within two to six weeks – this is called the “ugly duckling” phase and is temporary in nature. This can be frustrating to encounter, but take note that this is normal and you will start to see new hair growth in a few months in a permanent capacity. It takes around six months before you can see significant changes in hair growth. The complete results of the transplant will be visible after a year.
In most cases, irrespective of the type of technique used, a hair transplant will last a lifetime because healthy hair follicles are transplanted into thinning or bald areas. However, a hair transplant’s lifespan can be affected by factors like the patient’s hair type, lifestyle, age, and the extent of hair loss in areas where hair transplant was not carried out. In such cases, the patient might require multiple hair transplant procedures to get the desired results.
Modern-day hair transplants are permanent, safe, and natural-looking. Regardless of your gender, age, and extent of hair loss, consult your hair loss specialist today, and discuss your hair transplant options. With a high success rate, these surgeries can get your lost self-confidence back forever!