Hair transplants are the most effective and long-lasting treatment to solve alopecia problems in those patients suitable for the intervention. Therefore, a specialized surgeon must evaluate the state and characteristics of each patient’s alopecia to indicate the best treatment. The type of alopecia, and the genetic load must also be studied and the presence of skin pathologies that contraindicate surgery should be ruled out. In addition, the donor area must be assessed and analyzed if it is suitable, so that it is not damaged. To fully understand each patient’s potential and ensure the greatest outcomes from hair implant surgery, the surgeon must carefully consider all of these variables.
Hair Growth Stages After a Hair Transplant
Hair transplantation is a true revolution in the treatment of alopecia, although you have to have a little patience to see results. The hair after the intervention takes about 3 months to grow back, going through a series of stages equal to the growth of any follicle on the scalp.
During this post-hair transplant process, the follicles and scalp go through a series of stages and changes.
The 3 usual stages of hair development and growth are:
The Anagen phase is the hair growth stage. The root of the follicle is active and generates new hair fiber. The duration of this phase normally lasts between 2 and 7 years, at a rate of one centimeter per month.
The catagen phase is a transition period in which hair development slows down and the root separates from the base. In short, it would be the prelude to the fall and lasts between 3 and 6 weeks.
The telogen phase is the resting phase, that is, the phase in which the cellular activity of the follicle stops and the hair begins to fall out. This period lasts between 2 and 3 weeks and once it is over, a new cycle begins. It is in this phase where the majority of transplanted follicular units enter; therefore, there is no need to worry about hair loss 3 weeks after being transplanted, since the next step is to start a new cycle.
These phases make up the normal process of hair growth. And when does alopecia start? Alopecia begins when the follicle weakens and is unable to regenerate new hair, that is, to start a new life cycle.
For this reason, ITC Medical clinics are specialized in hair transplantation using the FUE technique and the FUSS technique. Two innovative techniques with which magnificent results are achieved.
How to Make Hair Transplant Last Longer
1.- Keep the Essence
When it comes to hair care, men especially tend to think that a good shampoo and conditioner will do the trick, but that’s not the case. Scalp care is one of the most neglected, especially after the hair follicles have grown in a clean and healthy environment. Hair, like skin, needs good care and comprehensive care.
2.- Control Tobacco and Alcohol Games
Healthy habits are essential for everyone. Friends after hair transplantation should pay more attention to quitting smoking and drinking, and controlling the time spent playing computer games. Bad lifestyle and diet control will cause hair follicle cells to fall off again, and ruin the already successful hair transplant surgery.
3.- Massage the Scalp
Friends with hair transplants can spend a few minutes massaging their scalps before going to bed. Massaging the scalp can regulate nerves, promote blood circulation, and balance endocrine, mainly because there are many acupuncture points on the head.
Factors Affecting How Long Hair Transplants Last
A hair transplant usually lasts a lifetime because healthy hair follicles are implanted into thinning or bald areas.
However, a hair transplant’s lifespan can be affected by factors, such as the quality of the procedure and factors unique to the patient.
Let’s look at the most typical ones!
Experience of Your Surgeons
Your doctor needs to decide if you’re a good candidate for hair restoration surgery and precisely assess the donor spot.
Male pattern baldness will not result in the implanted follicles losing their hair, but other forms of hair loss, medication, or chemotherapy may do so in the previously treated regions.
Changes in Hormones
The transplanted follicles will continue to be DHT hormone-resistant resistant.
Trauma or Injury
Significant scalp trauma can cause scarring in addition to harming the follicles. Scar tissue can cause permanent hair loss since it doesn’t offer the hair the best environment for growth.
Duration of FUE or FUT Procedure
Major scalp trauma can cause scarring in addition to harming the follicles. Whether a customer has an FUE or FUT treatment, a hair transplant can last eternally since scar tissue doesn’t create the best circumstances for the hair transplant. Because the hair is genetically hardwired not to fall out, the permanent zone from which hair follicles are plucked gained its name.
Continued loss of hair outside of the original recipient location of the hair transplant related to aging
Aging-related loss of hair shaft diameter
Having additional environmental and genetic influences
Will a Hair Transplant Last Forever?
Grafts are removed during a hair transplant from a region of the head where they are genetically predisposed to continue growing. The transplanted hair follicles maintain the features of their place of origin and carry on growing for the rest of their lives after being implanted into the balding regions of the scalp. A FUT or FUE hair transplant can therefore last a lifetime with the correct physician and treatment.
To be clear, no therapy can promise a degree of transplanted hair thickness that is comparable to the features, thickness, and longevity of a patient’s natural hair because every person is unique.
Even while FUT and FUE hair transplants can stop hair loss permanently, it’s common for patients to have many procedures during their road to hair restoration. Having a limited amount of donor’s hair on one’s sides and back of the head makes it difficult to replace all of the hair that is lost throughout a lifetime, which is one of the main obstacles.