Doctor, what is the duration of the hair of a graft? Will my new transplanted hair fall out again? These are very common questions and we bring you the answers.
A patient does not take the decision to undergo a hair transplant lightly . Come to our consultations to find out about all the details of a hair graft. Raises many doubts and questions. And among them, there are some that are always repeated. What is the duration of the hair of a graft is one of them.
Patients want to know if it is worth the effort or if, perhaps, that hair will fall out again after a while and baldness will reappear in those areas. What would force them to a new transplant .
Duration of graft hair: how to get it
Let’s start by remembering what exactly the hair graft intervention is like. There is an area of the patient from which the hair to be used is obtained. This donor area is not affected by androgenetic alopecia. It is immune to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone that weakens the hair follicle and, therefore, is responsible for hair loss .
However, DHT does not affect all areas of the scalp equally. That is why it is common for affected people to not be completely bald, but to retain hair in some places on the head. Those places, not affected by the fall, are from which the hair to be transplanted is obtained.
Alopecia usually affects the frontal and parietal areas. That is, the entrances and the crown. But the sides of the head and the back tend to hold their hair. Which is precisely the hair that is used in the graft.
This means that hair, which is simply moved in a graft, will have the same behavior as if we had left it in its original place. Since it is not affected by DHT and is immune to androgenetic alopecia , it will not fall out. As it would not have fallen if we had not moved it. This is the answer to the question of what is the duration of the hair of a graft.
Where you get your hair for the FUE and FUSS techniques
In the FUSS hair graft , the hairs from the donor area are extracted by means of a thin band of skin with hair between 15 and 20 cm in length and approximately 1 cm in width, which is obtained from the posterior or lateral area of the head with posterior suture of the same.
In the FUE or hair transplant technique , small scalp grafts are obtained with the so-called “ follicular units ” (groups of 1, 2, 3 or 4 hair follicles) from the posterior and / or lateral area of the scalp.
The graft hair is extracted from the sides and back of the head, which are not affected by the alopecia hormone
If both techniques are well done, the hair will not fall out of its new location.
In the Hair Clinic we also usually recommend supportive treatments such as Platelet Rich Plasma , to ensure the good health of transplanted hair.
Hair growth after a transplant
The transplanted hair is not visible from the first moment. What’s more, in the first weeks you will hardly notice anything. Normally it is from the third month when the hair begins to grow in its new location. From the sixth month, hair growth will be evident. But we always remind our patients that we have to wait a year after the intervention to obtain a definitive result.
However, it is important that the patient has a clear reality. The passage of time affects us all, even our hair. As hair ages , it becomes weaker, finer, and even eventually falls out. This process will affect the transplanted and non-transplanted areas equally. Because the graft hair will behave the same as that of the donor area.
That hair loss, if it occurs, will be gradual. All your hair will be affected by aging together and, if you finally lose it (not all older people are bald), it will never be the same degree of alopecia that you had before undergoing a hair transplant or graft .