Like so many that suffer from hair loss the thought of restoring your hair can sound exciting. There are concerns that people do have when they consider having a hair transplant surgery and that is the success rate. Since hair transplants are a permanent solution people like to know, do they do in fact work? How successful are they? Let us help you get more valuable information on hair transplants and how they work.
Selecting Your Hair Transplant Surgeon
You will want to do your research here and look at the hair restoration doctors that you are considering to perform your transplantation. Make sure your hair transplant surgeon is licensed and specializes in hair restoration. The surgeon should be looking at your age, your level of hair loss and the texture and color of your hair. They should also know the cause of your hair loss as all of this information will allow them to decide if you are a candidate for hair transplant surgery.
If you are a good candidate and meet all the requirements then your hair transplant may deliver up to a 95% success rate. If you don’t qualify then you can’t undergo a hair transplant and the surgeon should explain to you why you are not a candidate and show you other options of hair restoration.
Hair Restoration Methods
When you are a candidate for hair transplantation surgery then you need to know what method will be used, as this is another important factor that can determine the success rate. Understanding the different methods is important.
Follicular Unit Extraction
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) will harvest hair follicle units (groups of 1 to 4 hairs) one by one from the donor area of the scalp and then they are implanted into tiny recipient incisions made by the surgeon in the balding areas. The surgeon may use different devices to perform the extraction like the automated device ARTAS Robotic System.
The skill of the surgeon will determine the success of the procedure. There will be minimal scarring and very low downtime but the success rate if around 95%.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is performed by removing a strip of tissue from the back or sides of the scalp by using a scalpel. The hair follicles are then harvested using microscopes and transplanted in the balding areas. Like the FUE method, the skill and expertise of the surgeon play an important roll in the success of the hair transplant. There is a much larger scar than you get with the FUE method.
Establishing Realistic Expectations
It is important when looking into getting a hair transplant that you have realistic expectations. Often, the patients’ hopes and expectations are quite high because of their excitement and they do take into account the realities of hair transplants.
The true success rate will depend on those expectations and the results you want to see to achieve your hair transplant. Are you looking to reduce baldness, restore hair that has been lost? These are all the things you need to consider. You should also be aware that it can take 6 to 12 months to see results after going through a hair transplant. It takes time for your hair to begin growing again.