Those considering hair transplant surgery often wonder how long they can expect the transplant to last. Well, for starters, hair transplants involve removing hair follicles from a donor section of your scalp and transplanting them to the affected area where they will continue to produce healthy hair growth on an otherwise thinning or bald area. The hair will blend in and behave the same way as the rest of the surrounding hair, producing natural-looking and feeling results. As such, an individual who undergoes hair transplant surgery can expect permanent results.
However, one could see further hair loss in the future and may require a follow-up treatment down the road. Once again, transplanted hair will continue to grow healthy and strong, lasting a lifetime.
Your surgeon will discuss your family history of hair loss and your personal medical history with you. In each such case, contributing factors to thinning or baldness may emerge. From there, we can determine whether you are likely to experience further loss in the future. In some cases, if you are in the beginning stages of hair loss, the surgeon may recommend deferring surgery to a later date. In others, your doctor may be able to predict future loss and design a hairline and density that will blend well now and in the future.
During a hair transplant, your scalp undergoes “trauma”, resulting in shedding in the weeks following surgery. This is completely normal and usually temporary. Once the hair growth cycle resets, your hair will return to its normal pattern; will begin to see new hair growth within a few months.
Hair Loss Post-Surgery
In some cases, patients can experience shedding or hair loss not connected to post-surgical shock loss. This could be due to a sudden illness or new medications that cause hair loss. It is imperative that you share your medical history with your surgeon prior to embarking on a hair transplant as well as updating the transplant center on changes to your medication regimen. As a result, your surgeon may suggest supplements or a medication to promote hair growth or suggest a future procedure to enhance your results once your condition has improved or is under control.
There’s a lot that goes into the planning of transplant surgery, and a lot to be gained. For more information, schedule a free consultation today with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center.