Does Hair Transplant Damage Existing Hair?

26th May 2020 by Longevita
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Once you’ve decided to get a hair transplant, many questions can bother you about the procedure itself. It can be stress-inducing to think about a scenario where your surgery yields poor results and damage to natural hair. Here, mostly we will look into does hair transplant damage existing hair or not. This even prompts some people to delay getting a hair restoration surgery, which is even more dangerous. But before you jump to any conclusions, there are a few things you need to understand for your hair transplant in Turkey.

We Lose Our Hair Naturally Too

Our hair goes through a natural growth cycle, which consists of three phases: anagen, catagen, and telogen. The anagen phase involves active hair growth and lasts for two to six years. The catagen phase is transitional and lasts for two to three weeks. It leads to the formation of club hair, which is pushed out in the anagen phase. Lastly, comes the telogen phase, where almost 10-20% of our hair is at any given time. This is the period of rest that lasts for a hundred days. While we’re going through this cycle, we normally lose 50 to 100 hair strands in a day.

This is what many people forget to take into consideration during their hair transplant in Turkey. Our hair growth cycle is completely random. Soon after a transplant, you cannot expect your hair to never fall again. If they are falling, it’s not because your existing hair has been damaged by the hair transplant. One reason for their shedding is the natural growth cycle through which a hair has to go through. Therefore, you don’t need to worry if you’re losing your natural hair after a hair transplant.

Losing Natural Hair from “Shock Loss” 

The reason why your fears of hair loss may be exacerbated after a hair transplant in Turkey is “shock loss.” However, this is also completely normal and nothing to get anxious about. Many patients think that their hair transplant has failed completely, and they would also lose their natural hair. We understand that this can raise alarm bells in anyone. But you need to know that this situation is temporary.

The reason for its occurrence is the trauma that the scalp undergoes as a part of the surgery. As you know, hair follicles are taken from the donor area to the balding areas of the scalp. Minute incisions are made for their insertion and extraction. This can shock your hair grafts, along with the surrounding existing hair. Rarely, is there ever a risk of permanent damage and in those cases, it is usually the surgeon’s lack of experience that is responsible.

As long as the grafts stay in place, you have nothing to worry about. The natural hair gets stressed from the transplantation of new follicles. Only the hair strands are falling out. The roots stay. Your hair will start to grow back in no time, stronger than ever.

This is a problem that affects both natural and transplanted hair. However, the matter is resolved in some time, and you will be able to enjoy a full head of hair.

Surgeon’s Lack of Expertise and Loss of Natural Hair 

Hair transplant is a meticulous procedure. It requires precision, skill, care, and years of experience to be performed successfully. This is because it requires dealing with the smallest details that can have a large impact on the final results. For instance, in an FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant, the surgeon is taking out a single follicle at a time for shifting it to another area on the scalp.

As he/she is doing this, there are a lot of things that can go wrong if they don’t know their craft well. It is important that the hair follicles do not stay outside of the body for too long, as it’ll cause them to die. This means that even after the transplant, no growth will be observed. Therefore, speed is of the essence in this surgery. If the surgeon has no idea of the anatomy of the hair follicle, he/she might mishandle it. This will, of course, impact the extraction and insertion. You must find the right clinic with experienced surgeons.

That’s because in this you are risking permanent damage to your existing hair while your damaged follicles won’t even grow.  Another mistake that inexperienced surgeons make is that they don’t identify the “right” part of the donor area. They might extract hair from the region that is close to the balding area, where there are greater chances of shedding. Hair has to be taken from those parts which are insensitive to the effects of the hormone DHT (which causes hair fall). Although there’s no way to identify, for certain, which hair are or aren’t, some areas are more suitable for extraction.

In all these above scenarios, not only will you get poor results in the transplanted area, but your natural hair might also incur permanent damage. Therefore, do your research thoroughly and find the right clinic for your hair transplant in Turkey.

The Miniaturization of Hair, Effect of DHT and Hair Loss

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the hormone responsible for the process of miniaturization. In this, the hair follicle progressively shrinks (in length and diameter), while becoming weaker. This ends in its eventual death. The hair growth cycle is becoming shorter, which is why the hair can’t grow normally anymore.

Sometimes, the patients come in with thinning hair on their scalp. Here, it is important to remember that these hairs are most likely to be sensitive to the hormone DHT. This means that they will eventually fall. Thus, when you go for hair transplant surgery in Turkey, your existing hair, which is sensitive to the effects of dihydrotestosterone, will not be damaged, instead, naturally, die.

The hair in that area is miniaturizing, and the transplantation doesn’t occur around that hair, in fact, it happens through them. Once the thinning hair fall, the area will go bald and look patchy. Therefore, here, it may seem that the surgeon has damaged the existing hair on your head. In reality, he/she has significantly improved the results of your hair transplant surgery. Once that frail hair falls away, you won’t be left with gaps, instead, you’ll have healthy hair growth.

The insertion of new follicles will alter the local circulation causing existing hair to fall. However, new hair will grow in its place so, you have nothing to stress about.

Other Reasons for Falling of Natural Hair 

There are several other reasons why you may lose your natural hair during a hair transplant surgery in Turkey. All of them will happen temporarily, though. For instance, if you’re on certain medications or are under stress, you can experience shedding. However, all of this should go away. And you will start seeing the results of your surgery after a few months, at most.

You should stop delaying your hair restoration surgery because of all the “what ifs.” Your mind is trying to focus on everything that could go wrong without thinking about all that can go right. With a hair transplant in Turkey, you’ll be able to let go of all the mental stress you have about your losing hair. Moreover, your hair will be all-natural, and you won’t have to spend thousands of pounds on buying hair products anymore. The more you delay this surgery, the more you’ll lose your hair.

What Longevita can Do for You 

We believe that being honest to our patients is absolutely important. Therefore, we won’t tell you that your natural hair will not be damaged. There are several scenarios in which they can fall out but what we can say, for sure, is that their roots will not be destroyed. They will remain safe and healthy. Therefore, your hair will grow back. This is not because of any lack of expertise among our medical team, but because of the many reasons that this is a possibility. Regardless, we will be with you if any problem arises.

Sometimes our patients ask us to improve the density of hair in those receding areas that have too many natural hairs. In some scenarios, we have to make sure that they remain protected, which is why we recommend a PRP treatment to achieve a good density. 

A hair transplant in Turkey can be a big decision, which is why you should not jump into it without a consultation with a qualified and professional hair transplant surgeon. If a clinic is trying to take away your money straight away, they’ll most probably proceed with a hair transplant. Whether you need it or not would not matter to them. That is why you should be very careful.

Concluding Remarks 

Longevita is one of the most reliable clinics when it comes to hair restoration surgeries. We have successfully catered to many clients, including celebrities. You can Book Free Consultation with us today, and we’ll help you know all you’ll need for your surgery.

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Longevita offer private, yet affordable medical procedures in top rated accredited facilities based in Turkey. As a medical travel group who are registered in both Turkey and the UK, Longevita’s rates are subsidised by the Turkish government, meaning best prices are guaranteed.

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