One of the top questions people who are looking to have hair transplant surgery ask is whether it will restore their hair to its former glory. That depends on a number of factors including hair characteristics, extent of hair loss, and skin laxity. Every patient is different and responds differently to the treatment. However, there are a few stages that are fairly predictable.
Here are the results you should expect from a transplant surgery:
- Results are not immediate: Do not expect to have a full head of hair right after the surgery. That won’t happen. The procedure involves harvesting hair from the back or sides of the head in the donor zone and transplanting that hair to an area with thinning or no hair. The transplanted hair falls out in the first 2-3 weeks post operatively, then goes into a dormant stage for the next 3-4 months. Only after that will the new hair begin to grow.
- You can see what your new hairline will look like: While your new hair will not start growing for several months, you will still be able to see what your new hairline will look like. The transplanted hairs will still be there. These hairs will gradually fall out in the first 2-3 weeks to make way for the new hair, so you will know where your new hair will grow and what your new hairline will look like.
- It takes six months for the new hair to start growing: Once the old hairs have fallen out, new hairs will begin to grow in their place. This is called the emergent period. This period typically lasts from four to eight months. In most patients, new hair begins to grow in six months, and eighty percent of the hairs grow within two months after that. The slowest to grow are the crown hairs.
- Final results can take twelve to eighteen months: While most of the hairs grow by the eighth month, the final results could take twelve to eighteen months, depending on factors like hair characteristics and contrast between skin and hair color, extent of hair loss, and the size of your head. Coarse and curly hairs appear thicker than fine and straight hairs. Dark hair on a pale skin appears thinner.
- Don’t expect the hairline you had in your twenties: Hair transplant surgery is a great way to restore the hair you have lost, but do not expect to have the hairline you had in your twenties. That is not likely to happen. You will have a nice head of hair, but it will by no means be like it was when you were young. The hair transplant is designed so that it is age appropriate for years to come.
There are two hair transplant techniques: Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Excision (FUE). The former involves removing a donor strip of tissue from the back of head and transplanting to the balding and thinning areas of your head. The latter involves extracting individual hair follicles one-by-one and transplanting them. Whatever the method, hair transplantation is not just a science; it is also an art. To give you a beautiful head of hair, the surgeon has to be an artist. Ziering Medical’s artistic approach to hair transplantation provides you the appropriate hairline for your age.
To discuss your options for hair transplant surgery, please call 800 642-9942 to book a no charge, personal consultation.
Dr. Rae Lynne Kinler
Expert Hair Transplant Surgeon & Artist