For many hair loss patients considering surgical hair restoration, one of the first questions asked is, “Are the results from hair transplantation permanent?” The short answer is yes. The long answer is a bit more complicated.
The DHT resistant hair harvested from the “safe zone” at the sides and back of the head are genetically preprogrammed to last a lifetime in virtually all men. When this permanent hair is transplanted to the balding recipient site, it should continue to grow for life as it did before.
While the greatest variable that governs the long-term “illusion of density” created by follicular unit transplantation is the progressive nature of male pattern baldness, there are other circumstances that may affect the long-term density of transplanted hair.
Two factors that make it difficult to assess the results of hair transplantation over an extended period of time are the fact that ultra refined follicular unit hair transplantation, as it is practiced today, has only been around for about a decade and many hair transplant patients return for a second or even third procedure over a period of years.
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David – aka TakingThePlunge
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