One question on the minds of potential hair transplant patients is this – how long does a hair transplant last? Those seeking a solution to hair loss will be happy to know that the results are typically long-lasting, however, there are a number of different cases where this may not be simple to predict.
Hair transplants involve removing hair follicles from the donor site either individually (Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)) or via a strip of skin from a site of healthy growth on the scalp (Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)). In both cases, the follicles will then be transplanted back into the affected area on the scalp. As the scalp heals, the follicles will continue to produce healthy hair growth and provide a fuller density of hair on otherwise thin or balding areas.
While hair transplants have been carefully designed to be permanent, there are a number of factors that may affect this.
Will My Hair Transplant Last A Lifetime?
While concerns regarding the permanency of hair transplants are understandable, in most cases, your hair transplant will last for your lifetime. The follicles will have been moved from a donor section of your scalp, ensuring that not only is your scalp more likely to accept the transplants, but they will also begin to blend into the rest of your hair in the months following your transplant. Each follicle will produce hair that grows naturally alongside the surrounding hairs and will behave in the same way as the rest of your hair.
While there is the risk that those suffering from pattern baldness could see further hair loss in the future, this can often be solved by a further treatment to transplant healthy hairs into the areas where new loss has taken place. The transplanted hairs, however, will remain strong and healthy with good care and will last a lifetime.
Our surgeons will take into account any family history of hair loss and the reasons for your personal thinning or loss and will be able to better determine whether you are likely to lose hair in the future. This way, we are able to foresee and predict any potential future surgeries and design a hairline and density that will blend well with this in the future.
What Is Shock Loss?
You may experience hair loss in the weeks following your surgery – this is known as shock loss. Your scalp will have gone through a trauma throughout the surgery and while every care is taken to ensure this is minimal, your scalp can still shed hair as a response.
Shock loss is usually temporary and your hair will return to its normal growth pattern as the cycle resets and begins again. Regardless of the cause of shock loss or how much hair was lost, the transplants will circle back to the growth stages and you’ll see the results within a few months.
Permanent shock loss is rare and usually only present in cases where the follicles may have already been affected by the hair loss process. If you suffer from pattern baldness, this could be present, but your surgeon will investigate and discuss this with you at length prior to your surgery. They will also be on hand for an initial check-up, and for a further series of check-ups over 12 months post-procedure to follow the growth process and provide solutions to any concerns.
What If My Hair Begins To Fall Out?
Hair shedding can occur after a transplant and we will keep a close eye on your progress to determine whether this remains in the natural limits. As the follicles and your scalp will have gone through a level of trauma throughout the transplant process, both shock loss and natural shedding can be sped up as a result.
In cases where your hair may be beginning to shed, or where you may be prone to shedding post-procedure, your surgeon may be able to suggest medication or supplements that promote and enhance hair growth.
If you are going through hair loss at the time of your transplant, the surgeon may recommend waiting depending on the type of hair loss you are suffering from. For example, if you are suffering from an illness that causes hair loss, a form of alopecia that is still active or have a disease or illness on your scalp, they may suggest an alternative date further down the line in order to enhance your results and reduce the chance of any shedding post-procedure.
Each surgeon available at Longevita has a wealth of experience in hair transplant procedures and aftercare and will take each individual into account. With check-ups at month one, three, six, nine and twelve, we will also be able to provide advice or treatments to ensure things continue to progress healthily.
For more information on our hair transplants, or the answer to how long does a hair transplant last, feel free to contact our call centre on 0845 5198 948.