When Is A Good Time To Revise An Old Hair Transplant?
Getting a hair transplant is mostly done for cosmetic reasons. Hair transplants are a permanent solution for hair loss. However, life can change and so can our vision of what we look like. So sometimes it is necessary to make some modifications and revisions to old hair transplants that no longer serve the need that they once did.
Many situations can have a patient considering a change. Here are just a few:
Advancements have been made in the techniques and instruments used for hair transplantation. The industry has evolved by leaps and bounds over the last decade. It is far easier with today’s FUE hair transplant treatments to create a very natural-looking result that is also very stealthy. It is possible that nobody will even know that a surgery has been done. The old transplantation techniques used “plugs” of hair that looked unnatural once the surrounding hairs began to fall out. The “hair plug” procedure used transplanted groupings of about a dozen hairs to fill in areas of baldness. As time went on and their hair loss continued, patients were left with what was termed the “doll’s head” look. Nowadays we are able to extract and transplant hair follicles one at a time. This not only creates a very natural-looking hairline; it also leaves very minimal scarring that is hardly noticeable to the eye.
Hair loss will continue even after a hair transplant. Some patients are under the misconception that a hair transplant will somehow also stop the hair loss. If necessary precautions are not taken, a patient will definitely continue to lose hair. The hair from the donor areas as well as the transplanted hairs are permanent and not affected by the hormone DHT that causes hair loss. But everything else is free game! So we also see patients looking to add more hairs to the areas that were once full and that have now thinned.