Hair transplant patients often gauge the success of their surgery on whether or not they are satisfied with their hair after it grows and matures. And though this sounds like a sound method of assessment, often patient expectations are too high resulting in their discontentment. Below we’ve provided tips for evaluating the successfulness of a hair transplant and how to gauge reasonable expectations.
- Time: Hair restoration surgery takes up to a year to fully mature. Therefore, assessing the success of a hair transplant before one year is often premature. See more regarding a typical hair transplant growth timeline.
- Hair Growth Yield: One of the most important components to determine the success of a hair transplant is hair growth yield. World renowned clinics utilizing the most current techniques will usually produce over 90% growth with few exceptions. But evaluating hair growth yield is difficult since most patients can’t count all the hairs to see whether or not they’ve grown. This is why following up with your surgeon to evaluate hair growth at one year is extremely important.
- Naturalness: The beauty of today’s hair transplants is that they are very natural, unlike the old hair plugs. Evaluating a hair transplant’s naturalness is somewhat subjective however; it’s typically pretty easy upon inspection in a mirror or by an objective eye-witness. See more on the evolution of hair transplant surgery.
- Expectations: Hair restoration should be considered a journey rather than a single one and done procedure. Realistic expectations and a long term hair loss restoration plan should be discussed with your surgeon and agreed upon before undergoing even the first hair transplant. Be sure to discuss the risk of future hair loss, the best use of a finite donor hair supply, and the realities of what hair transplantation can accomplish for you.