Technological developments in the medical field have affected hair transplant surgery success rates enormously in recent years. Especially now that there are many techniques available for patients with different needs and preferences. On average the survival of hair transplant is around 90-95%. This means that hair extracted from the donor area of the patient and transplanted in the balding area can grow back as new healthy hair. So hair transplant surgery has very high success rates although results may take about 12 months to become visible.
What are the factors that affect hair transplant surgery success?
While generally, hair transplant success rates have been improving over the years there are a few important variables that can have an impact on hair growth after the transplant surgery.
The method chosen for hair transplant
There are different methods for hair transplant. The FUE and DHI methods are the most used methods in recent years.
If you are okay with shavşng your head during hair transplant then the FUE method is the best option as it has the highest success rates. The FUE method has many advantages including; visually undetectable scars, more comfortable, faster recovery time, less pain, less risk of infections, better results and healthier hair, also there is no general anaesthesia required during FUE hair transplant.
If you do not want to shave your hair during the operation then you might consider the DHI method over FUE. Thanks to the “Choi” pen used during the DHI method, faster implanting is possible and the recovery time and hair growth are faster. The DHI method is also performed without the need for any incision. However, the reason why so many patients prefer the DHI method is that it does not require shaving the hair during the transplantation process.
The type of your hair
The type, shape, and characteristics of your hair have a great impact on the success of your hair transplant operation. For example, afro hair requires more time and effort to have the same successful results as other hair types.
For people who have thick and curly hair, it is more likely that they will need fewer grafts than average hair to fill the recipient area. This is not to say that people with thin hair cannot have successful hair transplant surgeries. People with all hair types can undergo hair transplant only the results may vary from person to person.
The clinic you choose and the staff performing your surgery
One of the most important factors in having a successful transplant is choosing a high-quality clinic at an affordable price. It is very important to make sure that the team which is going to perform your hair transplant operation is qualified and has several years of experience in the field. One of the mistakes that many hair transplant patients make is that they get their surgery done by unqualified clinics because they find their prices lower than those high-quality clinics. After most of them do not get the results they were aiming for and they end up going to another high-quality clinic to fix the job. When it comes to your health you really should not cheap out but instead, look for a reasonable price at a high-quality clinic. Choosing a good clinic also can have an impact on how long your transplanted hair will last. Typically if you get your hair transplanted by a professional team it can last a lifetime.
The aftercare of the surgery
After the surgery, we will share important guidelines and instructions for you to follow after the surgery. Some of these are:
You should not drink alcohol for 7 days after the surgery.
You should protect your head from sun and dust for at least 10 days after the surgery.
You should not swim or go to saunas and steam baths for one month after the surgery.
You should relax during your recovery period and do not do any heavy exercise for one month after the operation.
You should wash your hair with the shampoo and lotion provided to you after the surgery according to the instructions given to you after the surgery.
Hair Loss medications can also be good options to improve hair growth after a hair transplant operation. Finasteride for example can improve hair growth by lowering testosterone levels. Minoxidil is also another medication that can stimulate hair growth.
Hair transplant surgery is an effective solution for hair loss, with a high success rate. However, there are several factors that can affect the success of the surgery. Choosing a high-quality clinic with experienced staff, following proper aftercare instructions, and considering supporting treatments can all improve the results of the surgery. Consulting with an experienced hair transplant surgeon can help you understand the options available and determine the best course of action for your needs.