How Long Does Hair Transplant Last?

I'm considering a hair transplant and I have male pattern baldness. Is surgery just a temporary solution? How would I be able to achieve full head of hair if Male Pattern Baldness is progressive? The doctor recommended i get 4000 grafts. If I can get it done in one surgery OK, but I don't want to be going in and out of surgery every few years. Am I just delaying the inevitable?

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Hair Transplant for Permanent Solution

The great part about hair transplantation is that it is a permanent solution for hair loss.  After your hair transplantation procedure, we recommend a combination of laser hair therapy, propecia, and Rogaine to help solidify the transplanted hair follicles and aid in slowing the loss of hair from follicles that were not transplanted.  Talk with your doctor about his recommendations for post transplantation hair care.


Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Hair Transplants last

Hair Transplants should last forever.  The hairs used are permanent.  However, large cases may not do as well depending on how long it takes to complete the case. 

Rashid M. Rashid, PhD, MD
Houston Dermatologist
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Length of time hair transplant lasts

Hair transplant is permanent!  You doctor will be able to tell you his or her success rate per graft.  I quote our patients higher than 95% take rate. 

4000 grafts is a mega session and will likely correct most of the baldness you see now.  If your balding continues and you don't take steps to minimize further baldness, new areas may show up in the future.  Talk with your doctor and make sure what steps are recommended to prevent future baldness. 

Duration of Transplanted Hair

Male Pattern Baldness is a gradually progressive problem. To what degree your hair loss progresses  is multifactorial but mainly genetic. At the same time there are two products available that may decrease the rate of hair loss and even grow hair. They are Propecia and Rogaine, and both work by different mechanisms of action. So even if you're considering surgery there is no downside to starting one or both of the approved medications for male pattern hairloss. The transplanted hair comes from the temporal and occipital scalps and tends to last a lifetime, but in the same way that this horseshoe ring of hair may thin out in elderly men  the grafts may also thin out to some degree.

Andrew Kaufman, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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How long does hair transplant last?

It depends on where the hair is harvested from. There is an area in the back if he head called the safe donor zone. The hair in the donor zone is resistant to DHT which is the home one responsible for male pattern hair loss. If hair is harvested from that area then it will last askin as the hair in the back of the head last. However, Unfortunetly in the recent years, many doctors have started to harvest hair from areas out side of the Zone, and also harvest from the body hair and beard and transplant to the hair giving the impression that those hair are also permanent.  There are no studies that show that body hair or beard hair or hair out side of the safe zone is resistant to DHT and thereby these hair will probably be lost in a few years and patient head will go back to square one. So what is the benefit of doing the transplant if you gonna lose it? Well as they say" patient will benefit from hair when they are young when it counts!" 
If the hair in the donor zone is limited, the pros and cons of hair transplant harvested from other areas of the body needs to be explained in detail and have the patient decide if the benefit over comes the risks In the long run. 

Michael Meshkin, MD
Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon
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How Long Does Hair Transplant Last? #Hair transplant #duration

Thank you for your question!  Hair loss can be due to many different reasons.  Providing we prevent further hair loss with oral medication, one can maintain a their volume.  Then hair transplant surgery compliments the existing hair volume in the concerned region.  Transplanted hair will continue to grow indefinitely and is the permanent solution to hair loss.  If one gets hair transplants earlier in life, then the oral medication becomes that much more important to maintain the existing pre-transplanted volume.

Learn the key factors

The success of a surgery depends on many factors: Has the doctor maintained alive the hair follicles during the hair transplant procedure? They should be kept carefully in a good humid environment and in cold temperature. Has the patient sprayed the area with saline after the treatment every 30’? Has he taken any medication to prevent any hair loss afterwards? Has he stopped smoking the first hours after the procedure? There are so many factors that decide whether your new hair will live. In good hands, new hair transplants live by 95%. As hair loss is an ongoing process, another hair transplantation procedure might be required in the future to cover the future hair loss.

Anastasios Vekris, MD
Greece Plastic Surgeon
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Ongoing hairloss

If you are having ongoing hair loss and thinning, I like to stabilize the hairline first with medical treatmens. This might include the use of Rogain, or topical ketoconazole, or topical azaleic acid, or oral propecia. Once the hair loss is stabilized, then you can consider surgical intervention. If there is any history of loosing hair in small patches, then that needs to be treated by your dermatologist first.

Hair transplantation is simply harvesting hairs from a male pattern hair loss resistant area to a male pattern hair loss sensitive area. The hair transplanted will act like the other hairs on the back of the scalp. Therefore, look at other family members, and if they keep their hair on the sides and back of the scalp, then chances are you too will keep those and they should be resistant to male pattern hair loss.

Hair Transplant Duration

Hair transplantation can be very long lasting.  The hair that is transplanted from the back of the scalp typically retains the genetic properties that allows them to continue growing even in the new location.  This does not mean that you won't continue to thin or go bald in your areas of concern.  The hair thinning or balding process can be progressive and lifelong.  So you may need additional hair transplantation in the future depending on the rate of thinning that you are already genetically predisposed to undergo.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.