Deciding to undergo a hair transplant is a serious step. Medical procedures are usually accompanied by some concerns. This uncertainty, which is related to the treatment process and its results, is completely normal, but it can be eliminated when you look into the topic and get to know more about the procedure. In order to make sure that you know everything you need to before you come to a decision, below you will find answers to 10 questions about hair transplants.
- Can hair fall out after a transplant?
You need to bear in mind that the success of a hair transplant is divided into three treatment stages. During one of the stages, it is possible that you will lose your hair, but this is only a passing phase. From one to four months after the procedure, you will notice that more hair is falling out. This is a natural element of the treatment process following the extraction of follicular units as part of the FU qE hair transplant. Hair is transplanted by removing and relocating groups of follicles to a selected part of the body. Nevertheless, this process causes a shock reaction of the skin and hair follicles. At first, the shock reaction makes hair fall out. As the shock subsides, hair follicles begin to produce new hair.
- Can a successful FUE hair transplant fail to produce positive results?
The fear of losing hair once again, despite a successful FUE hair transplant, is quite common. But you can be sure that in this case, losing your hair is an extremely rare phenomenon. One of the reasons for intensive hair loss after a successful transplant is the telogen phase. Hair falls out when a considerable part of hair follicles, about 10% of all hair, enter the resting phase (telogen phase), in which hair ceases to grow. When hair bulbs wake up, old hair is pushed out of the follicles by newly growing hair. This process resembles hair loss, but it is just a passing phase. Nevertheless, some health problems may affect hair growth regardless of the initial success of a hair transplant.
- Which health problems may make hair in receiving areas fall out?
In individual cases, health problems may destroy hair follicles, which leads to hair loss. Widespread spot baldness may cause a relapse of hair loss. Lichen planopilaris (lichen planus) is another disease which can cause recurring hair loss.
- Can lifestyle have an impact on hair loss after an FUE hair transplant?
There are some factors which result in hair falling out despite the fact that the transplant was successful. This clearly includes some medications. Information on the possibility of hair loss attributable to the intake of a given medication can be found on the leaflet, in the section devoted to side effects. Diet and lifestyle, e.g. smoking or stress, can also contribute to balding. A healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of recurring hair loss after a successful hair transplant.
- What if I am not a suitable candidate?
Every person who takes a hair transplant into consideration is tested to determine whether they can undergo this procedure. It sometimes happens that patients with certain health problems can’t achieve long-term results, even if their hair transplant was successful. In some cases, genetic testing and thorough history taking make it possible to verify whether a given patient has any such condition. Another important thing is that the patient needs to have enough hair in the donor area. People with unrealistic expectations as to the results of the procedure may turn out to be unsuitable candidates for a transplant. Nevertheless, discussing possible results with a surgeon makes it possible to correct patients’ expectations and make them realistic.
- Is the FUE hair transplant painful?
The intensity of pain experience is individual. The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia. Injections may cause short-term discomfort. When the anaesthetic starts to work, you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. What’s more, thanks to anaesthesia you won’t feel pain for some time following the procedure. After the transplant, you may experience slight discomfort and oversensitivity. In many cases, the patient can go back to normal activities the day after the procedure, given that such activities are not too strenuous.
- Does a hair transplant take a long time?
A hair transplant can take from a few hours up to a whole day, depending on the amount of transplanted hair. Most patients spend this time reading a book or watching a movie. According to patients, the duration of the procedure is acceptable.
- Will my hair look natural?
FUE hair transplants involve transplanting only one to four hairs at a time. Because of that, surgeons pay attention not only to the place where hair is transplanted, but also to the angle and direction of every individual hair. In this way, each hair is strategically placed in the skin, which gives a more natural result.
- How long does it take to heal after an FUE hair transplant performed in Turkey?
The healing time varies depending on the patient. In most cases, the healing process takes from 10 to 14 days after the procedure. Sometimes skin redness lasts for a little bit longer, but it also disappears over time.
- Does a beard transplant entail other risks?
Beard transplants are performed in a similar manner to the transplantation of scalp hair. Discomfort, the duration of the procedure and the healing process are similar.
Even though concerns related to hair transplantation are quite common, the transplant itself is defined as a low-risk procedure. Most men who suffer from standard male-pattern hair loss are suitable candidates for this procedure. Additionally, the transplant does not entail long recovery and most patients don’t complain about a long skin healing time. What’s more, a successful procedure gives long-lasting results.
If you are considering undergoing a hair transplant, make an appointment with a qualified professional. During such an appointment, your case will be analysed in detail, which will make it possible to determine whether this procedure is the right solution for you.