Hair Transplant Success Rates

Last Modified: March 28, 2022  |   Created on: January 18, 2022
Hair Transplant

Many factors affect the success of hair transplant surgery, including the patient’s hair condition, general health, type of technique used, the expertise of the surgeon, as well as post-op care. The success of the surgery is often decided after a year and a half of the transplant. Although the survival rate for hair grafts is above 90%.

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A healthy, shiny, and strong mane is loved and desired by almost everyone. Unfortunately, not everyone has one.

Why?

It is so because hair fall affects a large chunk of the population around the world. Hairfall is a common pattern seen in men and women nearing their 40s and 50s. Not to miss the people who are born with certain conditions, suffer from genetic disorders, and other illnesses that may affect hair growth.

Whatever the reason be, hair fall is one of the biggest medical issues that people have to deal with. Presently, there is no permanent cure for hair loss except for hair transplants.

Thanks to the advancements in technology, hair transplants are now more safe, efficient, and successful than ever. That leads us to the most important and common questions that most patients are looking for an answer to.

How successful is a hair transplant?

Having one definite answer to this question is difficult. The success of the surgery is often decided after a year and a half of the transplant. Although the survival rate for hair grafts is above 90%, many factors decide the outcome of a hair transplant surgery.

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What does a hair transplant involve?

A hair transplant surgery involves obtaining hair follicles from the donor site, usually the back of the head, and implanting them to the balding spots or areas. These spots are known as recipient sites.

Easier said than done, the transfer of hair follicles is a complex procedure. Depending on the needs and conditions of the patient, a surgeon may choose one of the following methods to perform a hair transplant.

Technique

What does it involve?

When is it required?

Recovery time

When are the results visible?

Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) method

Follicular unit transplant is a technique that involves removing a strip of skin from the back of the head to obtain hair follicle grafts. It is a safe procedure that provides natural-looking hair to patients if performed by a trained surgeon. The technique is comparatively more scarring than the FUE method of hair transplant. 

The method aims to increase the overall hair density. 

At least 5 weeks

The results of the procedure are noticeable in 6 to 9 months. The final results are visible after 1 complete year.

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) method

Follicular unit extraction is a widely popular hair transplant technique that involves harvesting single hair follicles from the donor site. The follicles are transplanted into the areas with thin or no hair. It is a safe, less-invasive outpatient procedure that offers minimal scarring and almost no side effects. 

The method, like the FUT method, aims to increase the overall hair density. 

2 to 3 weeks

The procedure results are visible after 3-4 months, and a patient can expect as much as 80% of the transplanted hair to grow back after 9 months.

Direct hair implantation (DHI) method

DHI technique is a variation of the FUE hair transplant method. Unlike in FUE, instead of manually cutting the scalp for graft implantation, the surgeon uses a specialized pen to cut the scalp and implant the graft simultaneously. 

The DHI method is more suitable for patients who wish to lower their hairline.

2 to 3 weeks

The complete results are visible after 8 to 12 months of the procedure.

How successful are hair transplants?

The viability or the survival rate of a hair graft plays a vital role in the success of any hair transplant procedure. As long as the hair grafts remain viable, the chances of a successful surgery remain high. 

The final results of the procedure can take up few months to become noticeable. After the surgery, the patient will lose almost 80% of the transplanted grafts during the ‘shedding phase.’

Within 3 to 4 weeks, a new hair growth spurt will replace these shed follicles. The patient can expect the final results a year after the surgery. This helps them to analyze whether the procedure was a success or not.

However, multiple factors may dictate the final results of the surgery, as discussed below.

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Factors affecting the success of hair transplant

1. Type of technique

As discussed before, there are primarily three different methods of hair transplant surgery. Out of these three, the FUE method enjoys the highest popularity. FUE method is a minimally-invasive technique that causes less scarring than the FUT method of hair transplant. It also offers other advantages, including a short recovery period and faster results. With the recent use of diamond and sapphire blades, the FUE technique has attained higher levels of precision and accuracy, paving the way for effective results. 

DHI has recently started gaining more attention from plastic surgeons as well as patients. The technique, with certain modifications, has the potential to replace FUE as the best method for hair transplant surgery.

 

2. Characteristics of the hair

The texture of the patient’s hair has a huge impact on the outcome of the surgery and how long the transplant results will last. Patients who have thick, curly, and dense hair will achieve desired results with very few grafts. 

Whereas patients who have thin, straight, and less dense hair will require more grafts for the surgery, making the success rates a little less than expected. This doesn’t imply that patients with straight hair won’t get successful results as the hair density will decide the outcome. Each hair characteristic contributes to this in some or another way.

 

3. Surgeon’s expertise and clinical infrastructure

Another factor that assures high hair transplant success rates is the experience and skill of the plastic surgeon. Hair transplant can be a tricky procedure to deal with. A good, and more importantly, board-certified surgeon can anticipate all the challenges that may arise during the surgery and deliver solutions to handle them on time. Plus, with the added advantage of experience, a patient can expect a successful as well as natural-looking look. 

It is always a good idea for the patient to look for the facility where the surgery will take place. The healthcare facility for a hair transplant surgery should be fully equipped to handle any sort of medical emergency during the procedure. This will also help the patients to decide whether they should go ahead with the respective surgeon or not.

 

4. Patient profile

Just like the hair, the patient’s age and general health also contribute towards the success of hair transplants. As a person ages, their follicles start losing the ability to produce new hair. This can cause hair thinning even after a successful hair transplant surgery. 

The patient’s scalp should also be in a good health in order for the transplanted follicles to grow. Sometimes, the new follicles take up the characteristics of the original follicles in the recipient site over time, a phenomenon known as recipient dominance. This can cause the transplant to ultimately fail.

Lastly, the patient’s general health should be steady. Patients suffering from diabetes or other severe conditions like cancer should avoid hair transplants as the surgery won’t yield any results for them.

 

5. Post-op Treatment care

The surgery may go well, but if the patient doesn’t show compliance with the post-op care and instructions, the expected results will not be achieved. Therefore, following the necessary steps after the surgery will help the patient to achieve voluminous and dense hair growth. 

Simran Bahia

Written By Simran Bahia

Simran Bahia is an experienced content writer with extensive research experience in Immunology and Reproductive Biology. Simran received her Bachelors in Life Sciences from Delhi University, followed by a Master's in Immunology from the Amity Institute of Virology and Immunology. Combining her love for science and writing, Simran enjoys putting a spin on standard methods of medical writing.

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