For most people, hair loss is a serious cosmetic problem. It is often associated with aging and lack of attractiveness and causes a lot of loss of self-esteem. If you want a thick hair strand again, hair transplantation can help you. What are the long-term results of hair transplantation and what does the result depend on?
Can Long-Term Results be Achieved with Hair Transplantation?
With hair transplantation, permanent results can be obtained. The growth rate of the transplanted hair is generally high. Hair transplantation methods are constantly being improved, so the results are getting better and better.
In most cases, the hair to be transplanted is taken from the back of the head. As this hair is almost part of the body hair, it is intact and resistant to the dihydrotestosterone hormone.
As a breakdown product of testosterone, it is responsible for hereditary hair loss. It attacks and damages the hair follicles. In the long term, hair follicles die and no longer produce new hair.
If the hair is transplanted from the back of the head, it is also resistant to dihydrotestosterone. They also do not fail where they are planted.
Important Factors for the Long-Term Results of Hair Transplantation
Various factors are decisive for the long-term success of a hair transplant:
- The methods used
- Modern vehicles
- Hair removal point
- Age and general health of the patient
- Patient behavior after hair transplantation
- Expertise of the doctor and the team
- The severity of the clinic
Best Hair Transplant Methods
The most common hair transplant method is FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method. Hair follicles are taken from the donor area with a hollow needle. These are kept in a nutrient solution and then planted in prepared channels in the recipient area.
The FUE method has now been developed with newer and more modern methods, so better results can be achieved:
- FUE sapphire method using sapphire blades
- CHOI or DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) method, removing hair follicles with a Choi pen, opening channels and transplanting hair in a single operation.
Tools for hair transplantation are constantly being developed. Needles and blades are getting thinner and thinner so punctures and cuts are getting smaller. Tiny wounds heal with almost no scar. Long-term hair transplant results are getting better.
Very fine cuts are possible with the sapphire method. Hair can be used closer to each other. This provides fuller hair in the recipient area.
A high growth rate can be achieved with the Choi-Pen method.
The Importance of Hair Removal Points for Long-Term Results of Hair Transplantation
The place where the hair is taken is also very important for the success of a treatment. When hair is removed from the forehead, top of the head, or temples, it looks different. This is necessary in the case of occasional messy, scarring or circular hair loss, when there is no longer enough hair on the back of the head.
Hair in the forehead, upper head or temples is not resistant to dihydrotestosterone.
Age and Health of the Patient
Long-term hair transplant results can be better, the younger and healthier the patient is. To achieve good results, many reputable clinics limit the patient’s maximum age to 70 years.
Doctors advise against hair transplantation for various diseases such as autoimmune diseases. In such a disease, because the body attacks its own substance, it sheds again after hair transplantation.
Patient’s Behavior After Hair Treatment
With the right behavior after the procedure, you will have a decisive influence on the results. Therefore, you should:
- Avoid smoking and alcohol for the first ten days.
- While sleeping, the head area should be elevated with a pillow.
- Do not wash your hair with a special shampoo until 48 hours after the procedure.
- Do not scratch the transplantation areas after treatment.
- Drink plenty of water for the first few days.
High Expertise of Doctor and Team
The expertise of the doctor and the team is very important for good long-term hair transplant results. Ask how often doctors do hair transplants and how many hair implants they do each year.