Hair transplants have been growing in popularity ever since they first emerged as a successful treatment for hair loss in the late 1950s. Even from the early years of hair transplant procedures, the results of this breakthrough surgery have been impressive, offering a much-welcomed new option to sufferers of baldness and hair loss issues.
These days, medical and technological advances have improved the procedure even further, streamlining the surgery, and minimising scarring and recovery times, as well as making it more accessible and affordable to a wider market. And with celebrities such as Wayne Rooney, Louis Walsh and Elton John openly sharing their own hair loss and treatment experiences, hair transplants have become a popular choice for many who are seeking a solution to their own hair loss issues.
If hair loss has become an issue for you and you’re considering the transplant option, one of the most important considerations is also one of the most common questions: Are the results permanent?
The good news is hair transplant success rates are extremely high – some surgeons claim close to 100% – and that the results are permanent.
Hair transplant procedures are now so sophisticated that with the proper care and maintenance – particularly in the days and weeks immediately after the surgery – the newly transplanted hair follicles will continue to grow healthy hair permanently.
In some cases, the transplanted hair is expected to grow even better than the original hair, for example, in the case of male pattern baldness. Early trichologists established that hair on the back and sides of the head is not prone to the thinning and balding that’s commonly seen on the crown and top of the head. During the transplant procedure, the donor hair follicles are taken from the back of the head where the hair is resistant to the DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) hormone that’s linked to baldness in men.
Whilst hair transplant results can generally be expected to be permanent if performed by a reputable and experienced hair transplant clinic, there are certain factors that can influence the long-term success of the procedure.
Factors that can affect hair transplant results
The first days and weeks immediately after the transplant surgery are the most important. It is essential to protect the fragile new hair follicles as they become established. Your surgeon will provide instructions for your individual circumstances, but some general things to avoid are exercise, excessive sweating, straining the scalp and getting the transplant area wet.
Long term care
Developing good grooming habits will help you to enjoy long-lasting results from your hair transplant. The same hair care practices for normal hair will also preserve your transplant results, for example, brushing your hair carefully – don’t tug or pull the hair.; when shampooing and condition, be as gentle as possible and avoid roughly rubbing the scalp and hair.
Wearing a hat
It’s advisable to avoid wearing a hat in the days after the transplant, maybe if you need a cap lightly fitted on the day of the surgery to get home, but after that, it should be avoided. Your surgeon will advise when it is safe to resume headwear, and even then it’s recommended to treat the transplant area carefully, wearing only loose-fitting headwear, and taking extra care when putting on your cap or hat, and also when taking it off. This will be the case until you see the full effects of the hair transplant.
The thinning or loss of hair is an age-old problem, and hair transplants provide an effective modern solution, with results that should last a lifetime. If you’re considering this procedure to combat hair loss issues, you can feel confident that the time, effort and expense will be a sound investment in a head of hair you feel good about – and that your confidence-boosting new results will last.