Are Hair Transplants Permanent?

The good news is that a hair transplant is permanent. Individuals will be able to wash, dry, cut
and style their hair as they normally would. Men can even have their hair color treated if they
desire. Those that have undergone hair restoration will be able to participate in any activities
they normally enjoy and men of any age can avail themselves of a transplant.

Transplanted hair will begin growing and continue to do so. While individuals won’t see male-
pattern baldness return, the potential for thinning does exist, but not to its previous level.
That’s due to the lifespan of hair follicles themselves. Additionally, hair follicles undergo regular
cycles of growth and rest ranging from 3 to 4 months.
Hair Loss
Everyone loses a certain amount of hair on a regular basis – anywhere from 50 to 150 strands
per day. The hair grows back without anyone being the wiser. However, in male-pattern
baldness, regrowth doesn’t occur. All men experience some thinning due to age and hormone
fluctuations.
Male-pattern baldness is entirely different. It occurs slowly over time and can begin in the early
20s or even in the late teens. The first signs may be a receding hairline or a bald spot on top of
the head.
Healthy Hair
Individuals will need heathy hair on the back or sides of the head for a transplant. Hair follicles
from these areas will be harvested for transplantation. It’s best to pursue a hair transplant as
soon as the signs of male-pattern baldness become obvious.
It’s possible for individuals that have undergone a hair transplant to see some thinning if the
hair follicle goes into its normal resting phase. The success rate of hair restoration surgery is 90
percent and higher. When the follicle emerges from the resting phase, it will continue to grow
as usual.

To schedule your hair transplant/hair restoration appointment at one of our South Florida Centers please contact us at (941) 315-7033

How Long Does It Take to Heal from a Hair Transplant

The length of time for the scalp to heal after hair restoration surgery will depend
on the type of transplant that was performed. There are two types of hair
transplants that are commonly utilized. One is a follicular unit transplant (FUT)
and follicular unit extraction (FUE). The FUE technique is highly preferred as its
less invasive, requires no stitches, and leaves no scarring.
FUE Technique
The full healing time for the FUE procedure is typically 7 to 10 days. It’s less
invasive and signs of a FUE restoration typically only last a week. Individuals
experience less discomfort than with other methods. It’s performed on an
outpatient basis with a local anesthesia and no hospital stays are required.
In the FUE procedure, one hair follicle at a time is transplanted, usually from the
back of the head to where hair is thinning. It’s more affordable, since it enables
the surgeon to remove and transplant more follicles at a time. FUE has a 90 to 95
percent transplant survival rate. It leaves a microscopic divot where the follicles
were removed.
FUT Technique
Healing time for a FUT restoration is typically 10 to 12 days. Many individuals
report more discomfort due to swelling. The FUT technique has a success rate of
approximately 75 percent. The procedure leaves a thin, linear scar.
With the FUT technique, the surgeon removes long, thin pieces of tissue from the
back of the head. Follicles from the strip are then harvested and transplanted.
FUT is often recommended for individuals that don’t have sufficient hair from the
traditional donor zone.
Consult a Specialist
Consulting with a surgeon specializing in hair transplantation is critical. They’ll
obtain an extensive medical and family history, examine the scalp, and make a

diagnosis. Individuals will then be informed of the findings and a specific method
recommended that’s designed to obtain the best results for their specific needs.

To schedule your hair transplant/hair restoration appointment at one of our South Florida Centers please contact us at (941) 315-7033

Is There a Best Age to Get a Hair Transplant?

A hair transplant prior to the age of 25 isn’t advised as there’s still the potential for ongoing hair
loss Most hair restoration specialists recommend the age of 30 before receiving a transplant.
Before that, there’s no way to know exactly how and where hair loss will progress. Even more
importantly, there’s no way to predict which hair follicles will remain productive.
Prior to the age of 30, most men are advised to utilize medications designed to minimize and
manage hair loss until the time that they’re ready for the procedure. By the age of 30, hair loss
has often stabilized, making a transplant much more effective. However, if other methods prior
to the age of 30 are unsuccessful, individuals may qualify for a transplant.
Symptoms
The best time for a hair transplant for those with male-pattern baldness is when symptoms are
first observed – usually around the age of 30. Symptoms can be a bald spot on top of the head
or a receding hair line. Men can have a successful hair transplants up to the age of 75.
A Common Problem
Male-pattern baldness is a common problem that affects approximately 50 percent of all men.
Hair loss can be traumatic. It affects an individual’s self-confidence and that can extend to
personal and business relationships. Male-pattern baldness is a problem that progresses slowly
over several years. It may go unnoticed until hair loss has become advanced.
Transplant Specialist
Even for those that haven’t reached the age of 30, a consultation with a hair transplant surgeon
is beneficial. The specialist can determine the type of hair loss that an individual is experiencing
through an examination and extensive family and medical history. If a hair transplant is in their
future, individuals will have the information they need to make an informed decision and plan
for their future needs.

What’s the Number One Factor for Hair Loss?

Heredity is the number one risk factor affecting whether an individual will lose their hair. A
family history of hair loss is a good indicator, but not an absolute. Androgenic alopecia, also
known as male-pattern baldness, is the most common type. It can begin at any age, even the
late teens or early 20s.


Hair loss is a slow process that develops over years, but by the age of 50 many men with
hereditary hair loss will have visible signs. Male-pattern baldness often becomes obvious
through a receding hairline, along with thinning all over the head. It may also start as a bald
patch on the top or the crown of the head.


One myth that continues to surround hair loss is that mothers are responsible for it. While men
inherit the X chromosome that causes hair loss from their mother, it requires a genetic
contribution from their father’s Y chromosome to activate it. There are 63 genes responsible for
male-pattern baldness, but only 6 are carried on the female X chromosome.
It’s important to know that male-pattern baldness can also skip a generation. Men with fathers
that experience hair loss are more likely to develop it themselves.


Aside from male-pattern baldness, there are other factors that affects hair loss. Stress really can
cause hair loss, along with hormonal changes as men age. Ringworm and some medications can
also result in hair loss. That’s why it’s imperative that individuals make an appointment with a
hair loss specialist who can make an accurate diagnosis.


While the odds of developing male-pattern baldness is greater in some families, it’s not an
absolute certainty. It’s entirely possible for one brother in a family to have male-pattern
baldness while another has a full head of hair and never experiences any hair loss. There are a
variety of options available for those experiencing hair loss, depending upon the underlying
cause.

To schedule your hair transplant/hair restoration appointment at one of our South Florida Centers please contact us at (941) 315-7033