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Hair transplants can seem like a lot of trouble and a costly antidote to baldness, and that’s because they are.
The good news is when they work, they can work wonders and the technology and price point is getting better.
The bad news is when they don’t, it can all unravel – almost literally, as your hair transplants fall out.
That said, while stress and other factors can cause hair transplants to fall out,
it doesn’t have to be that way so to avoid a bad hair day (and thousands of dollars down the drain),
let’s talk transplant longevity and healthy scalps.
In this article, we will answer the interesting question; can hair transplants fall out?
Shock loss can cause hair transplants to fall out, although this is entirely normal and expected.
Firstly, it must be said that most hair transplants do indeed stay in place for a long time, if not permanently.
Your mileage may vary depending on the type of transplant and professionalism of the doctor but with a modern hair transplant performed by a qualified surgeon.
You shouldn’t be afraid that it’ll be an all too “temporary” investment.
Hair transplants can fall out temporarily, usually very shortly after the hair transplant procedure.
Shock Hair Loss is the most common culprit here.
This typically occurs between two to eight weeks after the initial hair graft in an FUE or FUT transplant and involves “shedding” of the transplanted hairs.
However, this isn’t nearly as bad as it sounds as it simply means that your grafts have entered “a resting phase,” which means that they’re healthy, and have taken root, and can grow fresh follicles.
That said, when hair transplants do go bad, cheapness and unprofessional work are often to blame.
In contrast to more natural FUE and FUT hair grafts, hair plugs can pop out more easily.
While it’s normal for natural hair to shed a bit and hair transplants will shed slightly as new follicles push out the initial planted ones, you should not be losing a ton of transplanted hair.
If you are, then consider that scarring, poor grafts, stress, and trauma can all make a hair transplant go bad.
Loss of non-permeant hair
Another way transplanted hair can be lost is the loss of non-permeant hair.
If the surgeon had taken donor hair from an area of the scalp that was bound to thin, then it is inevitable that hair will eventually be lost.
This is why most quality surgeons chose hair from the back and sides of the scalp, because this is likely to be permeant hair.
Hair from top of the head or crown is usually very risky in terms of donor hair.
How Long Do Hair Transplants Last?
Given the fact that a FUT hair transplant can cost hundreds of dollars in Greece or Turkey and thousands in the US, UK, and Canada, you might naturally wonder about the lifetime of the treatment.
Thankfully, when done properly, hair transplants can last the rest of your life.
The reason for that is that when it comes to hair loss, the fault resides in your follicles and genetics, not your scalp.
Think of hair follicles as seeds and your scalp as fertile soil.
Even if a seed or the stalk that’s grown from it has died off, new seeds can grow anew as long as the soil remains fertile.
The same holds true for your scalp: as long as it’s healthy, transplanting new hair follicles when done properly, should function the same as planting seeds.
That’s why hair transplants don’t just give you a temporary new head of hair but help you naturally regrow hair after a while, hence why you “shed” that initial shock of hair.
Tips on protecting transplanted hair
Of course, you naturally want to do everything that you can to preserve your hair follicles and maintain the integrity of your hair transplant.
One of the most important steps you can take is to use medication to stimulate growth, produce extra DHT, heal graft wounds, or otherwise bolster your hair transplant.
Minoxidil and Finasteride are popular examples of medications used for this effect.
The timing of your hair transplant can also have a major impact on how well it minimizes hair loss and maximizes the effect.
Tempting as it may be to have a hair transplant the instant your hair starts to thin or fall out, it is actually better to wait until the rate of hair loss stabilizes.
Doing so can allow the graft to be done with greater care, ensuring that you’re covering every area that’s necessary so you don’t have some areas “fixed” while others continue to “shed.”
Finally, volumizers and similar products can help give some depth and color to your transplants.
By heeding these hair transplant tips, you can get the most out of them and make them last longer.
Pharmacist with special interest in hair loss and hair transplantation.
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