Does hair transplant really work? This is one of the most common questions we get from our patients – and the answer is yes, they do! A hair transplant is an effective treatment to regrow hair (permanently) in areas like the crown or temples, having a graft survival rate between 85-95%, which means that most hair will quickly adapt and grow in the transplanted areas. Although seeing the final results usually takes a year, this hair loss treatment is more successful than many other hair restoration alternatives.
There are plenty of factors that influence the outcome of a hair transplant, including responsibility from both the doctor and the patient.
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Hair Quality Evaluation
The success of a hair transplant relies on an precise evaluation of two areas:
- The donor area (where the hair will be extracted from).
- The recipient area (where the hair will be implanted).
During this process, the doctor evaluates aspects such as the density and thickness of your existing hair, as well as the laxity of your scalp. Sometimes, the quality of the donor area is not ideal for a hair transplant to be performed; in this case, our hair specialists may recommend you to undergo a mesotherapy treatment for a few months – usually, patients who initially were not candidates end up being eligible for a hair transplant after mesotherapy.
Like any other type of surgery, it is ideal to have good overall health to undergo a hair transplant. Although it is a relatively simple procedure, those with chronic health issues like diabetes, heart disease, kidney, or liver failure may not be candidates. This is why a preliminary evaluation by our doctors is needed to ensure that the procedure is safe to do if the patient’s health condition allows it.
Follicular Unit Care
Once the hair is extracted, the follicular units are preserved by being soaked in a special solution and stored under a specific temperature while being organized by the number of hairs each unit has (they usually contain 1 to 7 hairs per unit). This process must be performed very carefully to maintain the integrity of the grafts.
Post Operative Care
The treatment itself does not end with the surgical process. The days and weeks immediately after your surgery are crucial for healing and recovery. Following your doctor’s instructions is essential for a successful outcome; for example, you need to avoid heavy exercising, scratching, prolonged exposure to the sun, and the use of certain hair products, as well as take the proper measures to prevent infections, burns, or traumas to the implanted area, among other things.
The doctor’s skills and experience play a vital role in the outcome of a hair transplant, as the way they perform the extraction and implantation directly influences the way your new hair will look and feel once it grows. A skilled hair transplant surgeon should be able to strategically control each hair graft’s angle, depth, and direction for the final result to look full and natural, regardless of the technique used (FUE – Follicular Unit Extraction – the most popular for hair transplants worldwide).
Being aware of these influencing factors can give you a better idea about all that comes into play when undergoing a hair transplant and understanding that every step in the process is important for a successful outcome, from the preoperative instructions and the surgery itself to the postoperative care. Our specialized medical team at Hairfix can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Schedule an appointment today for a FREE consultation!