Do Hair Hair Transplants Actually Work?

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | June 26, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

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Each person has a different hair transplant experience from the next, all dependent on genetics and the skill of the surgeon. Many people expect to see results instantly from a hair transplant and get discouraged, however, hair restoration is not an overnight process. Results can start to be seen at around 3 months, and the hair keeps growing up to 1 year. Many patients come with concerns about the hair pattern appearing natural. To achieve a natural looking result, it is vital to be seen by a plastic surgeon that has had years of experience with hair transplants. The real question is, will a hair transplant work for every patient? Although there is a very high success rate, a hair transplant will not work on everyone, depending on the reason for their hair loss. People with alopecia, for example, often seek hair restoration treatments. Because alopecia is an autoimmune disorder, the grafted hair follicles from a transplant still have a susceptibility of being diminished. There have been successful hair transplants for alopecia patients, however, it is best to speak with Dr. Kassir to determine if a hair transplant will be successful.

Since hair transplant surgery is so precise, it typically takes 4 to 8 hours to complete. Due to the extensive surgery time, many patients opt to do a second round of a transplant for an even fuller head of hair, depending on the extent of their hair loss and the availability of hair grafts from the donor site. For patients with a receeding hair line, only one transplant would be neccessary to restore hair volume to the front of the scalp. In addition to genetics, hair transplant success is very contingent on the plastic surgeon's experience. Dr. Kassir is a triple board certified plastic surgeon that has performed over 12,000 surgeries in his 22 years of practice. To determine if you are a good candidate for a hair transplant, schedule a consultation to discuss your hair goals with Dr. Kassir.