How long will a hair transplant last
MHR Clinic Harrogate’s Donna Tweedale answers the often asked question, ‘how long does a hair transplant last?’ 

Modern hair transplants are a safe and natural way to reverse hair loss, but do they last? 

Our consultants are often asked “How long does a hair transplant last?” as they explain the differences between hair treatments to clients.

Those reading this in search of a hair loss solution will be glad to know that hair transplants do last a lifetime.

When performed correctly, a hair transplant provides the most permanent covering of hair that a person can have on the top of their head.

Follicles for implantation are extracted from the sides and back of a scalp, harvested from donor areas known as permanent zones. The name relates to follicles which permanently sprout hair in these areas.

Permanent zone follicles continue to produce hair throughout a lifetime. They are genetically programmed not to shed hair. The Hamilton-Norwood hair loss scale shows them as the last areas of remaining hair on their charts. 

Areas of scalp which shed hair more quickly are known as non-permanent. When a patient loses hair from their crown, mid scalp and hairline they are losing it from a non-permanent zone. Hair loss in these areas is often anticipated.

Once follicles and hairs from the permanent zone are implanted into a non-permanent area of the scalp they continue to grow as they would have in their original setting.

Now on the top of the patient’s head, they produce healthy hair growth and provide a fuller density of hair, for life, as they would have on the back or side of that person’s head.

Two reasons why a hair transplant doesn’t last

The hair transplants fails to secure a blood supply. Without the body’s nourishment, follicles soon die off. This is termed a failed hair transplant. No new hair will grow from these follicles. They have been wasted and will make future implantations difficult.

Follicles are sourced from the permanent zone periphery and perish early. There is an accepted safe area for extraction within the permanent zone. Follicles taken from areas which may yet go bald risk the longevity of a hair transplant. 

During a lifetime patients will continue to lose hair from the top of their head, while their implanted hair stands strong in the same place. 

As hereditary hair loss progresses it leaves a sparser covering and subsequent ‘top up’ hair transplant procedures may be necessary. 

MHR Clinic offers advanced medical programmes which slow, stop and reverse hereditary hair loss. 

They combine topical and oral medicines with cold laser therapy and herbal supplements capable of suspending hair loss and generating hair growth.

These programmes help to maintain indigenous hair growth alongside hair transplanted from other areas of the head.

As a result only a few of MHR Clinic’s clients require a second FUE hair transplant procedure.

If you want your hair transplant to last a lifetime, it’s important that it’s done by an experienced and reputed clinic. Talk to MHR Clinic about your hair transplant. Telephone 01565 745 344 or through this contact page.