Are Hair Transplants Permanent?.
This subject was discussed by numerous doctors at the conference - in times gone by it had been assumed the answer was yes providing the grafts were extracted from the safe zone however more doctors are recognising that this may not be the case for every patient.
This picture illustrates the area commonly known as the Safe Donor Area.
The reason it may not be permanent is lots of peoples hair will thin out over time, including hair from the so called safe zone. If these hairs were to be used for transplanting they will be lost over time causing the transplanted recipient area to look thinner after the initial transplant.
The patient may also naturally progress to a higher Norwood level due to MPB, even with the use of meds they could possibly still lose these hairs.
These pictures illustrate a thinning donor area.
Most doctors are now referring to the "Safe Donor Zone" as the "Safer Donor Zone"
I feel it is important that patients are aware of the possible risk of losing transplanted hairs. Lots of doctors recognised this phenomenon as they discussed patients who had a great hair transplant result only to return at a later date having lost a good proportion of the transplanted grafts.
This picture illustrates how the patient is progressing to a high Norwood level with the possibility of losing most of the hair from the traditional safe zone.
Having your donor area checked for miniaturization is vital before having an HT which most doctors will do. However, this does not guarantee your hair will stay the same over time.
I`d like to say a Hair Transplant could be permanent or it may just prolong the balding process, hopefully for a long time.