“Dr. Somji, how long does a hair transplant last?”
A question we are nearly always asked here at YourHairDoc is “how long does a hair transplant last”. Will my hair transplant be permanent? This is a genuine and common concern from our potential patients; after having hair transplant surgery, further procedures may be needed down the line as a ‘top up’, to keep the results looking as good as after the first. The great news is that once you have had a successful hair transplant here at YourHairDoc, you will not need any further treatment to maintain your superb results.
How come hair transplants last a lifetime?
Most cases of hair loss in men occur when a substance called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is present in the body. This chemical is a derivative of testosterone and is created when the metabolism of androgen gets involved with an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase which can cause baldness in selected areas of the scalp.
The hair follicles which are donated in hair transplant surgery come from a site which is not affected by DHT and therefore are genetically resistant to balding, which means that if the procedure is performed by a qualified, registered and experienced surgeon using the very best surgical techniques, these hairs will never fall out.
Can hairs drop out after a hair transplant?
In general, it is estimated that around 2% to 5% of transplanted hairs will fall out during an FUT procedure and around 10% of the hairs in FUE will be lost. This is a natural and expected reaction and is known as ‘phenomena’. After around 6 months, the hairs that have fallen out but the follicle has survived will start to regrow.
At YourHairDoc, Dr. Somji takes this in to account with every hair transplant surgery that he performs and makes allowances for this when working out the number of hairs to be harvested. Some clinics do not allow for phenomena and will try and cut costs by taking less follicles. It’s worth considering this when choosing the right hair transplant surgeon for your treatment.
At YourHairDoc we pride ourselves on the skill, expertise and experience of Dr. Somji and our clinical team and offer the very latest techniques, technologies and treatments for male and female hair loss. We know that you are taking a huge step when considering hair restoration surgery and make it our mission to give you the very best patient journey, knowledge, insight and education so that you are fully confident and armed with all the information you need to make an informed choice about your treatment.
For more information about hair transplant surgery at YourHairDoc, contact the team for an informal chat or to make a no obligation consultation, on 0208 418 0362.