Any patient undergoing a hair transplant for the first time will express fear and doubt as per the procedure’s capacity to restore his hair permanently. However, modern hair transplantation technologies are more productive than those in the past. To tackle any worries you may have before undergoing a hair transplant, let’s try to understand how a hair transplant works;
A hair transplant is basically a procedure where your surgeon selects healthy hair follicles from the donor region. These hair follicles are generally DHT resistant, meaning that they won’t fall out once introduced in the recipient region. As the surgeon introduces the new hair, he will follow your hair’s original pattern to create natural or what some refer to as realistic results.
For patients with extreme hair loss, your surgeon may plan your surgery accordingly, but a hair transplant candidate must understand that a hair transplant doesn’t create new hair, but rather, the success of the procedure depends on the transplanted hair.
Will My Hair Transplant Recover All My Lost Hair?
This is one of the commonest questions heard during hair transplant consultations, so let’s look at the possible answer!
As explained above, there are generally two factors that influence the success of a hair transplant and they include;
A patient’s donor stability & The maturity of your hair loss
Available Hair Follicles
When we talk about the stability and the maturity of the donor region, this means that your donor region can longer continue to shed hair follicles. This is why surgeons recommend a hair transplant in patients above the age of 25 as their hair loss has stabilized and certainly known.
Any hair transplant conducted earlier than required increases a patient’s chance of losing hair in the near future.
The Available Hair Follicles
A good donor region helps render your hair transplant successful since the surgeon will possibly harvest the required number of grafts to transplant in your bald region. Patients with a limited donor region have higher chances of obtaining unnatural results.
Is There any Possibility for my Hair Transplant to Damage the Existing Hair Follicles?
A hair transplant causes a temporary shock to the region, which may be observed as temporary hair loss. This is completely normal as believed to be a physiologic response to the trauma caused by the procedure. The transplanted hair follicles will fall out and as months evolve, permanent hair will begin growing to recover your lost hair.
Patients with minor thinning should opt for other hair loss treatments rather than a hair transplant until the time is right to get a hair transplant.