Is a Hair Transplant Permanent?

At the start many people have a question in mind, Is transplantation of hair permanent? The persistency of hair transplant operation has always been an intriguing issue. The simple and straightforward answer to this question is yes, a hair transplant is permanent. The transplanted hair is immune to hair loss. However, in general the transplanted hair will be with you for the rest of your life.

There is a reason for this situation. The hair grafts for the implantation are extracted from a special region. This region is called the donor area and roughly located back of our head. Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) mainly caused by a hormone called DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). The hair we have on our donor area (back of our head) are genetically immune to the effects of DHT. As a result, it can be said that hairs on the donor are immune to the hair loss. For a hair transplant, some  of these strong and immune hair grafts are extracted and implanted to the recipient areas. As a result, a hair transplant offers a permanent solution to the baldness. Of course, the donor area has to be specifically marked and chose carefully by an experienced hair surgeon. The selection and extraction of the hair grafts have vital importance to the result of your hair transplant.

Will I Lose Hair After a Hair Transplant?

The second most common question before a hair transplant is ‘Will I lose hair after a hair transplant?’ Yes and No. This question has a less straightforward answer than the first one.

As it is covered at the first part, the transplanted hair is permanent and immune to hair loss. However, that cannot be said for the native hair you already have in the area. Unfortunately, they are not immune to the hair loss but there are ways to avoid any possible problems.

As many doctors suggest, a hair transplant must be done after the aggressive hair loss period ends. In general, we lose daily around 100 hairs, and this is a normal amount. However, in the early 20s there is an aggressive hair loss term because of the high levels of DHT hormone. Mainly, doctors suggest having a hair transplant after this period. In general, this aggressive hair loss phase ends around the second half of one’s 20s. A hair transplant is suggestable after 25 years of age. Waiting until after of the aggressive hair loss phase substantially  decreases the chances for hair loss after a hair transplant.

There are also some other ways to ensure that you do not lose your native hair. Of course, taking good care of your hair is a great start. Also, some hair loss products like minoxidil and finasteride or more serious hair loss treatments such as PRP, Regenera Activa or Exosome help the native hair. It should be noted that your hair surgeon should suggest the right operation time and treatments for you.

The Bottom Line

In a nutshell, a hair transplant is permanent thanks to the DHT immune hair grafts that we have at the donor area. However, the native hair can be still at risk. In this case, it is important to have a hair transplant at the right time after the aggressive hair loss phase. Also, it is important to provide good care and treatment to your hair, if necessary. All these issues should be advised and decided by an experienced hair surgeon specifically for your case. At Drt Hair, we offer free of charge consultations and hair analysis. Contact us to learn more and get information about your case from our experienced hair surgeons.