Is a Hair Transplant Permanent?
Has the public perception of hair transplants shifted away from the artificial-looking curly hair plugs of the years past? Thanks to significant advancements in the field of hair transplantation during the last decade, new options are on the horizon that look and feel natural..
Hair restoration, also known as hair transplantation, is a minor surgical procedure where the patient’s hair follicles are transplanted to balding areas of the scalp during an outpatient visit. Micrografting is the term for this method. Hair transplants are permanent with long-lasting and nearly irreversible effects.
How Long Does A Hair Transplant Last?
Concerns about the long-term success of hair restoration methods like FUT (follicular unit transplantation) and FUE (follicular unit extraction) transplants are widespread.
Hair loss in most men is because of the inheritance of a pattern of hair follicles that are sensitive to the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The hair follicles on the back and sides of the scalp are not sensitive to DHT, and remain viable for lifetime. Typically hair grafts are harvested from this area during a hair transplant and reloacted into the thinning or bald areas. These transplanted hair follicles moved into the balding area of the scalp retain their natural characteristic of DHT resistance, and continue to grow for the remainder of the patient’s life. A FUT or FUE hair transplant can last a lifetime with the right technique and aftercare.
Everyone is different, and no treatment can guarantee a certain appearance of transplanted hair density, (hair per squcurly are inch), This is because density depends
on the many variables, such as hair color, skin color, shape of the head, and texture and curl. The important outcome is for it all to look natural.
Although FUT and FUE hair transplants have proven effective interventions over the long run. While hair transplantation has come a long way, one of the key challenges is that donor hair at the back and sides of one’s head is often limited. This means that restoring all the hair lost during a lifetime may be an unrreasonable expectation, however improving the framing of the face whikle retaining a natural redistribution is always achievable. .
Do You Need Another Hair Transplant?
The field of hair transplantation has improved to the point that it can now provide a long-term solution to the issue of hair loss for many people. You should be aware that the transplant does not stop the hair loss process. So additional loss may occur in the future, which may require additional grafting.
Loss of hair can be caused by several different things, including
- Hormonal changes
- Certain medical conditions.
A person may require a second hair transplant to treat newly emerging bald areas or boost the density of the hair transplanted during the first treatment.
Another essential thing to remember is that a hair transplant is not a long-term option for everyone experiencing hair loss. Some patients hair loss is not due to genetics or DHT, that is why it is important to consult with an experience hair restoration surgeon who can make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of the hair loss.
Hair Transplants: How To Make Sure They Don’t Fail
By following these steps, you can minimize the likelihood that your hair transplant won’t work:
It’s essential to find a surgeon who is both skilled and experienced
When determining the success of a hair transplant, this factor is among the most important considerations to be taken into account. Find a surgeon who is an expert in performing hair transplant procedures, and make it a point to ask for before-and-after pictures of previous patients’ hair so you can judge how effective the procedure was for them.
Be sure to treat your scalp with great care
After getting a hair transplant, it is necessary to take good care of the scalp and the hair implanted into it during the procedure. In addition to preventing factors that can cause damage to your hair, this may involve washing your hair regularly, conditioning it, and styling it carefully.
Have patience and a positive attitude
It may take up to a year for the transplanted hair to fully grow, so one will not see the full results of a hair transplant for 10 to 12 months. Patience and a positive attitude over this period are necessary prevent disillusionment if the desired effects do not appear immediately.
Keep in touch with your surgeon consistently
Schedule frequent check-ins with your surgeon to ensure your hair transplant is progressing normally and address any concerns you may have. Dr Puig prefers to see his patients every 4 months.
Are you ready to experience a change in your appearance?
Hair transplantation is a permanent treatment for baldness. Remember that a hair transplant will not prevent your DHT sensitive hair from falling out. The transplanted hair grows naturally with the rest of the patient’s hair, so the results seem natural and last a long time.
At Physicians’ Hair Restoration in Houston, we perform all the various hair transplant procedures, including FUE and FUT.
Come in for free hair transplant consultation at our Houston hair restoration clinic. After a hair transplant procedure, you can usually care for your hair by washing, trimming, and styling it. Seeing how seamlessly the transplanted hair merges with the rest of your scalp will give you a massive boost of self-assurance.
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