How long does hair transplant last? Is it forever?
I am a 33-year-old man and have been losing my hair throughout my entire life. If I get a hair transplant am I just going to lose that hair eventually too? Will I have to continually maintenance my new hair with additional procedures?
As it stands, there is no way to create new hair, so the best options revolve around redistributing your existing hair. A hair transplant involves taking original hair from suitable donor areas and moving it to thinning or bald areas. Hair transplants are considered a permanent solution to male pattern baldness and have a very high success rate.
I think it's important to note that while a hair transplant can deliver fantastic results on its own, it may just be one element of a wider hair restoration plan. For example, your physician may recommend using laser therapy, Rogaine or Propecia in conjunction with a transplant to promote new hair growth, and maximize long-term results. I recommend booking a consultation with an experienced hair transplant surgeon to discuss your options.
You'll be pleased to know that a hair transplant is a permanent solution! This makes hair transplant surgery the most effective way of treating hair loss.
As you may be aware, a hair transplant involves taking hair follicles from donor areas (typically the back and side of the head as these "safe zone" areas are not disposed to male pattern baldness) and transplanting them to parts of the scalp where the hair is thinning.
The most popular transplant technique is Follicular Unit Extraction, which involves removing individual hair follicles. This is less invasive than other methods such as Follicular Unit Strip Surgery, and can deliver more natural results.
Depending on how many follicles you have transplanted during your hair transplant procedure, there's a good chance that some will be taken from outside the safe zones described above. This means that you may lose five to ten percent of your transplanted hair over time.
Transplanted hairs will last as long as the area they came from, i.e. the back of one's scalp. These follicles are programmed to last a lifetime, although probably about 10 % will be lost by age 90. The only reason you may require additional procedures is either to increase density in transplanted areas or, more likely, to transplant newer balding areas.
Dr. Herbert Feinberg has 4 Follicular Unit Extraction before & afters: