Is hair transplant a permanent solution?

One of the biggest question marks on patient’s mind is whether hair transplant can offer a permanent solution to hair loss.

The short answer is that the transplanted hair will be permanent. The area where hair follicles are extracted is called the donor region. This area is also called the “reliable donor area”.

The donor region is usually the area covering the back of head and above ears. The hair in the donor region is not affected by the action of DHT hormone, which causes pattern hair loss. The hair follicles in the reliable donor area are very strong and healthy.

Generally, the hair in the donor region is genetically programmed to resist hair loss. You can see that someone who starting going bald at a young age still has hair in the donor site even after he is 70 years old.

The hair follicles used in hair transplant are extracted from the reliable region will keep the same genetic codes and characteristics as those in the donor region. So as long as the hair in the donor region continues to grow, the transplanted hair will continue to grow too.

Sometimes hair loss may affect your donor region as well. In such cases, hair in the back of the head will also shed. However, when the underlying problem is solved, the hair grows back.

Following the hair transplant, once your hair begins to grow longer, you can wash, cut, comb or dye your hair, because this hair will be stronger and always keep growing .

However, some people may experience temporary hair loss about 2 to 4 weeks after the transplant. This is an expected and natural process. Do not worry; just observe the pattern. This loss is a reaction of the body to the trauma during surgery. Almost all of such losses are temporary. After this initial shedding, your permanent hair grows back and the process follows a normal course.

The permanence of your hair depends on several factors. For a permanent success, you should pay attention to the following.

  • You should avoid illegally operating hair centers. Find an expert clinic with a skilled doctor.
  • People with no predictable hair loss pattern should delay getting a hair transplant.
  • You should follow your doctor’s advice and use the medication regularly your doctor prescribes (if any) after the procedure.
  • No region of the body other than the back of head should be used as the donor region (such as breast hair etc.)