How Long Does a Hair Transplant Last?
Movies and TV shows tend to mock the idea of hair loss as if it’s a problem for an unfortunate few. The reality is that it will touch most of us in our lives, especially men. In fact, 85% of men have hair loss by the age of fifty.
With that number in mind, it’s no wonder hair transplants are so popular. Still, you want to learn everything you can about an elective procedure before you make your decision.
One common question we hear is, “How long does a hair transplant last? Will I have to get the procedure over and over again?” Here’s what you need to know.
How Long Does a Hair Transplant Last?
To understand how long a hair transplant lasts, you need to understand how the procedure works.
Based on your desired results, your surgeon removes hair follicles from the sides of your head and transplants them into the top of your scalp. The hairs in the follicles may fall out at first, but the follicles will grow new hair over the coming months.
You’ll see most of your hair growth from 6 months and results can continue to improve for up to 12 months.
If you play your cards right, a hair transplant can last for the rest of your life.
Why Some Hair Transplants Don’t Last Forever
Most male hair loss is caused by run-of-the-mill male pattern baldness. Your body procedures a hormone called DHT, a byproduct of testosterone. As you age, that DHT shrinks some of your hair follicles until they stop producing hair.
Interestingly, the follicles on the top of your head are affected more by DHT than the follicles on the sides of your head. This is why men tend to develop the “horseshoe” hairline.
Because they use hair follicles from the sides of your head, hair transplants are meant to last forever. However, that isn’t a guarantee. In some cases, your DHT can cause damage to the transplanted follicles.
This is why, after a hair transplant, you need to take measures to stop future hair loss. People who don’t do that are more likely to lose some of their transplanted hair over time.
How to Make Your Hair Transplant Last Longer
Knowing that it’s possible to watch the results of your hair transplant fade, the next important question is, “How can I make my hair transplant last longer?” There are several protective measures you can take.
Choose an Experienced Hair Transplant Surgeon
First and foremost, you need to know who’s doing your surgery. There are dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and others who offer hair transplants despite having little experience with them.
For the best results, you need a specialized hair transplant surgeon who focuses on this procedure. The right surgeon can give you stronger results that last while also keeping your scarring to a minimum.
Find the Source of Your Hair Loss First
As we mentioned above, most male hair loss happens because of natural DHT, and a hair transplant reduces DHT’s effect in the future. That isn’t always the case, though.
There are many factors that can make hair loss worse. You could have an underlying health issue or nutrient deficiency. You may be taking medications that cause hair loss as a side effect, or stress could be to blame.
In many cases, DHT is the primary culprit but other factors are making the hair loss worse. You need to find out why you’re losing your hair first so you can prevent it from acting on your new hair after the transplant.
Use Preventative Medications
DHT may be natural, but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless against it.
One of the best things you can do to maintain hair transplant results is to use hair loss prevention medications. Your surgeon can recommend the best ones for you, which could include Rogaine, Propecia, or both.
There are also nutritional supplements that aim to prevent hair loss. They give your body nutrients your hair follicles may not be getting from your diet.
Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions
Speaking of that skilled surgeon we mentioned above: they’re good for far more than the procedure itself.
As you plan your procedure, the surgeon will give you specific aftercare instructions. We’ll tell you how to care for your scalp as it heals and how to prevent future hair loss.
Above all else, follow your surgeon’s instructions. Those instructions are based on years or decades of expertise as well as in-depth knowledge of your specific condition.
Remember, your surgeon wants you to have great results because it makes them look good. We’re on your team.
Care for Your Health
Your lifestyle has a major impact on your hair follicles, like other parts of your body. The better you care for your overall health, the more likely you are to have healthy, active hair follicles.
Your follicles need nutrients to produce hair, so you need a balanced diet to give them what they need. Your blood circulation is also important to supply the follicles with oxygen, and regular exercise boosts that circulation.
Your hair follicles can sustain just as much damage from the outside as they can from the inside, and both will impact your hair growth.
Avoid pulling on your hair as much as possible. Be gentle while brushing, combing, and washing it. Steer clear of styles that put a lot of pressure on the hair follicles, like tight ponytails and tight braids.
Keeping Your New Hair
Like it or not, the fact is that there are many ways to lose your hair. The most common one, DHT, will continue to be a factor for the rest of your life. But what does that mean for a hair transplant? How long does a hair transplant last?
With a well-performed hair transplant from a skilled surgeon, as well as the right post-procedure practices, you may be able to spend the rest of your life with full, healthy hair.
To start on the road toward great results today, call our hair transplant centre to schedule a consultation.