Does Hair Restoration Last?
There are many questions that patients have for medical professionals depending on what type of treatment is being received. For example, a patient may ask a chiropractor how often one would need to receive treatment. The answer may vary depending on the patient’s current state. The answers also vary with the specific procedures. Deciding to get a hair transplant is a big step and can be a significant investment, so many people want to know whether the surgery will provide a permanent solution to hair loss. One of the most commonly asked questions is “how long does a hair transplant last?” While concerns about the long-term success of hair transplants are understandable, for most patients the hair transplant will last a lifetime. As a hair restoration doctor would explain, the results of a Hair Transplant Procedure can vary based on a number of factors and limitations. However, the two procedure types most commonly used — Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), considered the gold standard of hair transplantation procedures, and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) — are intended as permanent solutions to hair loss.
Your surgeon will need to be attentive and take into consideration the patient’s age, type of hair, and the unique lifestyle of the hair transplant recipient. The extent of hair loss previous to the surgery can affect the lifespan of the hair transplant. In some cases, a patient may need more than one hair transplant throughout their lifetime to achieve the desired result.
All patients that suffer from male pattern hair loss have a band of hair around the back and sides of their head that is immune to the balding process. This area of hair is referred to as the donor area. The surgeon will take the grafts for transplantation from this area. During these procedures, hair is transplanted from the permanent zones in the donor area in the back and sides of the scalp to the thinning and balding areas of the front, top, and crown. Because hair follicles are taken from regions that are genetically resistant to hair loss during these procedures, for most patients, the newly
implanted hair lasts forever. 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 continue to 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 slight risk that those suffering from pattern baldness will see further hair loss in the future, this can often be solved by a follow up treatment to transplant healthy hairs into the areas where the new loss has become apparent. The transplanted hairs, however, will remain strong and healthy. With routine care this hair will last a lifetime.
Your surgeon should take into account any family history of hair loss along with the reasons for your personal thinning hair or hair loss and will be able to better determine whether you are likely to lose hair in the future. By doing this your surgeon should be able to foresee and predict any potential future surgeries and design a hairline and density that will blend well with possible future procedures.
BY: Mid Atlantic Spinal Rehab
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