It's a common question: can hair transplants go bald? The answer is yes, but it's not as simple as that. Hair transplants can cause some unusual hair loss patterns, as the transplanted hairs are often invulnerable to the pattern of baldness that affects the rest of the scalp. This can create an unnatural pattern of baldness behind the transplanted area.
The healing process after a hair transplant takes 6 to 12 months, and once it's complete, the transplanted follicles will begin to grow hair that will fill in the bald areas of the scalp. This hair will continue to grow naturally as you age. It's normal to lose some of the transplanted hair between 2 and 3 weeks after surgery, as this is a natural process in which the grafts fall out and make way for new hair growth.
Most people will see 60% of their new hair grow after 6 to 9 months, but some surgeons may prescribe minoxidil (Rogaine) to improve hair growth after transplantation. It's important to rule out any external factors before considering a hair transplant candidate, and even if you're undergoing a transplant, you should be sure to address the root cause of hair loss and seek treatment for it.
If you continue to lose hair or decide that you want thicker hair, you may need another procedure later on. Finding an experienced provider who knows how to create a sustainable, natural-looking hair transplant design is essential for being satisfied with the results. However, that doesn't mean that the way your hair transplant looks after it heals is how it will look for the rest of your life.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) uses small punctures to transplant follicles all over the head to areas where the hair is thinned or bald. The amount and type of graft you receive depends on the type of hair, quality, colour and size of the area where you will have your transplant. We evaluate each individual's unique circumstances of hair loss and recommend the best treatment plan for hair growth.
In male and female pattern hair loss, hair loss is caused by a hormone called DHT (dihydrotestosterone). This hormone attacks the hair follicles, damaging them and preventing new hair from growing. In some cases, this can cause areas of unnatural-looking hair loss around the transplanted area.
If you experience permanent hair loss, follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplant (FUT) treatments may be able to help. This is because TE is related to the hair growth cycle and causes hair follicles to enter their resting phase prematurely.