Is a hair transplant permanent or just temporary?
This is probably the most common question people ask before having a hair transplant. I'm interested in getting permanent results and if this treatment is temporary I don't think it is right for me. It's such a shame I have bald patches at only 31. I probably need to "thank" my grandfather for this :)
A hair transplant is not a temporary solution, it is permanent. Non-surgical methods, like pills or lotions, are temporary and generally don’t replace lost hair. They may cause some minimal hair growth or thickness but when you stop using them, the hair generated will fall out.
Hair transplant surgery is a permanent solution. The hair is taken from the back of your head and transplanted to the top of your head. Please note that the donor areas will no longer grow hair in the future, meaning other hair will have to cover up the donor site.
A transplant will not keep your existing hair from falling out, but it will help to give it a fuller look in the coming months. You can address future areas of hair loss down the road. However, since you’re starting to lose your hair in your early 30s (which is by no means younger than average), your age and how soon you start your hair restoration plan should work in your favor.
When searching for the right provider, be extra careful to avoid contacting someone whose entire education and training with hair transplant procedures are the result of a weekend seminar. There’s a lot of them out there. Both your scalp and [eventually your] wallet will thank you for choosing a board-certified hair care specialist.
The number of hair grafts needed and the balding areas to be covered will dictate how long the procedure(s) will last. During the procedure your surgeon may provide you with a mild tranquilizer and/or use a topical solution to help soften the implantation of donor hair. You'll also receive instructions about dealing with post-procedure swelling and pain, and literature concerning the dos and don'ts of caring for the treated areas.
Yes, a hair transplant is permanent. Unlike topical solution-only treatments like Minoxidil or Finasteride (Propecia), transplanted hair is almost always (a 90% success rate) a permanent solution to female hair loss or male pattern baldness.
You've probably done some research on this topic and know that hair follicles are harvested from other parts of the head, called donor areas, and implanted in the bald spots -- the recipient area.
After you've consulted with a few board-certified plastic surgeons or dermatologists that are experienced in hair restoration surgery, you can work with them to determine the best solutions to restore your natural hair. Depending on the extent of your hair loss, you may need a series of hair grafts conducted over a certain period of time.
Don't expect the permanent hair to sprout immediately. Some of the newly transplanted hair will appear at first, fall out in the near-term, and then begin to regrow and become permanent. The timetable varies by individual, but it could take a few months for the entire cycle to complete. Regardless, your bald area will eventually be covered with hair.
Dr. Lawrence Broder has 2 Hair transplant before & afters:
The new hair is permanent if it was taken from a donor site that was no destined to fall out in time. The hair transplant will be taking hair from a different area of the scalp and will leave a scar in that location and the hair density in the donor site will then be slightly less.