There was a time – and not that long ago – when one could spot a person with a hair transplant from a mile away. Thankfully, the days of noticeable, patchy, unnatural looking hair plugs are long gone. Today’s hair restoration procedures result in hair that looks, feels, and behaves like the rest of your hair. So much so that you can style, cut, and even dye your hair to your preference, and no one will be the wiser.
Yet one of the most frequent questions we receive from those considering hair transplant surgery is: “Is it permanent?” The short answer is “yes, but….” In this blog we help shed light on what to expect from your hair transplant.
Is It Permanent?
A hair transplant is a permanent solution to hair loss. That’s because once hair follicles are transplanted from a donor site (usually the back of the scalp) to a thinning or balding area, they remain in place. However, like all hair follicles, they have a limited lifespan. At some point, they, too, may stop producing as much hair as before. However, before that time comes and once the healing process is complete, the transplanted follicles will begin to grow new hair to fill in the balding or thinning patches on your scalp and continue to grow as you age. In short, the “new” hair will behave just like the rest.
Will I Need Another?
Depending on the causes of your hair loss, it’s possible you may need one or more follow up sessions to achieve the desired results. Your genetics, the extent of hair loss, and the result you seek will help us determine the need for follow-up surgery or other treatments. On the other hand, some candidates are perfectly pleased with their results after just one procedure. They may also decide to come back to fill in new thinning patches while leaving the initial site of the transplant as is.
While your transplant should continue to produce some hair as you age, it’s possible that hair follicles will thin naturally and not continue to produce the same amount of hair as they once did. However, your hairline will not recede back to your former pattern. That’s why it’s important to discuss a long-term plan with your surgeon.
When to Talk to a Doctor
If you’re feeling self-conscious about your hair loss, it’s impacting your personal or professional life, or if you don’t have the confidence you once did, you should consult with a trusted, experienced hair restoration specialist. Ask questions, review recent before and after photos, ask for reviews, and discuss your options, the methods performed, risks, benefits, and expectations so you can make an informed decision. Choosing an experienced hair restoration expert is essential to realizing the sustainable, natural looking and feeling results you desire.
DiStefano is ready to listen to your concerns, goals, answer questions and provide other information vital to the hair transplant process. So, take the next step and contact us for a free consultation. You won’t know what’s possible until you do!