How Long Does a Hair Transplant Last?
Nobody wants to lose their hair, but it’s still something that affects tens of millions of people out there. It’s men who suffer from male-pattern baldness by and large, but women can also start losing their hair. This is difficult to take for almost everyone. Not that there’s anything wrong with being bald, of course. Though, the people who go bald typically start losing their hair in their early 30s and up, meaning they’ve led their entire lives with a full head of hair, and so it’s shocking and hurtful when it starts falling out. There are all sorts of remedies out there, like different sorts of sprays, but nothing works as well as a transplant procedure.
A hair transplant quite literally removes hair at the root from places on your scalp that are not affected by the balding, and then it grafts that hair onto the part of your scalp where hair has fallen out. Given time to heal and “take,” the roots start growing just like normal hair because it is your normal hair. Study after study suggests that if there is such a thing as a “cure” for baldness, then a transplant is it. However, many people want to know how long a transplant will last. Let’s speak about that some more.
The Life Expectancy of a Transplant
For all intents and purposes, a hair transplantation procedure can give you results that last for the rest of your life. There is no guarantee that it will, but there also isn’t an expiration date on when this hair is going to give up and fall out. The fact is that the transplant means that the roots are now just in a different location. Like moving a sapling from one area to the other. Does the tree die any sooner than if it were left in the same place? It would all depend on how that tree is cared for. The same thing applies here with a hair transplant procedure.
Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Procedure
Avoid Cutting It
If you want to get the longest life out of your transplant, you should avoid cutting it. At least insofar as you’re styling it and going with a brand new look. If it starts to get too long, trimming back those split ends is fine. However, cutting it dramatically will take it so much effort in having to grow back that the transplanted hair might not be able to grow along with the rest of your hair. So a slight trim is okay, but you shouldn’t go cutting it away. Having the same hairstyle is better than no hair at all.
No Harsh Treatments
Mousse, hairspray, gels and creams, and other harsh styling products should be going nowhere near your hair. It’s not the hair itself that is so much the problem here; it’s the scalp. You do not want that stuff anywhere near your scalp and impeding the ability of the hair roots to stay nourished. The same goes for any harsh shampoo products or hair dyes. You simply have to treat your transplanted hair more gently. It’s a sacrifice you will have to make.
Consult Your Physician
If you experience any redness, irritation, bleeding, or lost hair, consult your physician immediately. There’s something you are likely doing that you aren’t even aware of, but it’s choking off the ability of the roots to grow properly, which is leading to infection and causing the roots to die. This could potentially happen five, even ten years down the road. However, this is an area where the doctor who performed the transplant can help you.
Let Your Scalp Breathe
That scalp needs oxygen for those roots to keep growing. There is something in your genetics that impedes the ability of oxygen and nutrients to reach that part of your scalp, which is why you needed a transplant in the first place. So make sure that you don’t smother your scalp up with hats and headwraps.
If cared for properly, hair that’s been transplanted can last you a lifetime. There is no expiration date on this procedure per se. However, it’s up to you to stay vigilant in protecting your hair and nourishing your scalp.
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