How long does a hair transplant last?

Does a hair transplant last you for tge rest of your life or do you have to be going to surgery say, every six years or so. Thank you all very much for your busy time I really appreciate it.

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Longevity of Hair Transplant

Yes. The hairs that have been transplanted will always remain.

We are now able to transplant individual hair follicles from one part of the body to another using FUE (Follicilar Unit Exraction) whilst preserving their growth physiology and anatomy. This permanent solution means that the transplanted hair follicles will survive and grow as they once did in that area.

Each follicle is transplanted manually for a truly natural and lifelong appearance. Hair transplant techniques have come a long way from the old punch graft techniques, which created an unnatural ‘doll hair’ appearance. All The Best 

How long does a hair transplant last?

In theory, hair transplant is meant to be a permanent solutions to the problem of baldness and thinning hair. Even in some specific cases, if it doesn't last a lifetime, it is extremely long lasting and one of the most successful treatments to regain lost hair. 

The transplanted hair follows the behaviour of the donor area and will continue to grow as it did in the donor area.

No two cases are the same, so comparing yourself to another before / after picture on the internet and imagining an expected result based on a Google search is not the right approach. Ideally, you should look for a well experienced and qualified surgeon in your city and visit him / her for a consultation.

This is because, permanence of hair transplant is something that depends a lot on suitable candidacy and your surgeon setting the right expectations. Your cosmetic surgeon should be able to evaluate your suitability based on your age, genetics, health record and family history. It  is then that the surgeon and patient mutually set the right expectations.

Jayanthy Ravindran, MS, DNB, MRCS
India Plastic Surgeon
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Transplant Longevity

Yes, hair transplants last for a lifetime if they are performed correctly. The only reason why you would need another would be to keep up with your natural hair loss or if the surgeon performing it pulls the hair from an area that eventually goes bald.

Sean Behnam, MD
Santa Monica Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

Hair transplant is considered permanent as long as your donor hair is permanent.

Hair transplant is considered permanent as long as your donor hair is permanent.    Most men do not lose their donor hair for life so if you harvest hair follicles from the permanent donor area the transplanted hair follicles would be considered permanent. 

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 reviews

How long does transplant hair last?

If transplanted hair is taken from the permanent zone, the hair should last the rest of your lifetime.  It is very important to manage the permanent or donor hair throughout your lifetime as there isn't an infinite supply and your hair loss will continue.  Therefore a medical therapy should also go into consideration when discussing the management of your donor hair.

Gregory Michael Bazell, MD
Barrington Plastic Surgeon
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the key here is to have a good long term plan to slow the progression of hair loss of your native hair (non transplanted). The longer you can keep your hair, the less you will need transplanted over time. As long as the transplant is performed with hairs that are taken from the zone that is permanent, those hairs will be with you for your lifetime. you can experience thinning of the transplant but these should not be lost as long as the transplant is performed properly. 

Rae Lynne Kinler, MD
Chicago Physician

How long does a hair transplant last?


If a hair transplant is made with hair follicles from the "permanent donor zone," then the hair that is transplanted should remain for most of a lifetime. However, sometimes I have cases posted where the area outside the "permanent donor zone" is harvested, in these cases those follicles falling outside this zone may be subject to thinning.The permanent donor zone is in quotes, because sometimes people thin a little even in these relatively safe zones. But most of the follicles from these safe donor areas should not be lost in the future. So be sure to visit a hair loss specialist with a lot of experience.


Bernardino A. Arocha, MD

Bernardino Arocha, MD, FISHRS
Houston Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

How long does a hair transplant last?

The wreath of hair around the back and sides of the head generally last a lifetime. These are the hairs that are moved to the balding oif thinning area and they take their genetic with them

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

If done properly, it lasts forever

Assuming that you are dealing with the typical "male patterned balding," transplants will last forever. The hair you are losing is the result of testosterone that is miniturizing the hair follicles up top. The hairs in the back and sides are resistant to that effect. When we move the hair from the back to the front, they continue to grow like they did in the back! However, baldness is a progressive disease. Medical therapy often helps slow the process. Also, you want to make sure that the grafts you are moving are not too close to the crown because those hairs are often affected by testosterone as well. Depending on your age when you start and how much your baldness will progress over your lifetime will determine how many times you may do this in your lifetime. Go see a surgeon see what they say!  Also, strongly consider what procedure you chose. A strip procedure will forever leave you with a scar. That may limit your hair style choices in the future. FUE procedures leave no long scars and the ARTAS robotic FUE will make sure you don't get bald spots in the back. Good luck!

Robert S. Houser, DO
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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