Do Hair Transplants Actually Work?



Do Hair Transplants Actually Work?


Hair Transplant


People still question if hair transplants really work and if it’s possible to keep the result after the surgery forever.

For sure hair transplants are typically more successful than other hair restoration options.

Let’s see in details what is a hair transplant and how does this procedure work.

There are two types of hair transplant procedures: follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT), which is also called follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS).

How Do Hair Transplants Work?

Hair transplants work by removing the follicles from an area where you have plenty of hair and implanting them to the areas affected by hair loss.

Transplanted hairs go through phases of adapting to the transplant area and this process requires a bit of patience, but the results are worth it.

First, hair are small and short in the follicles.

Then, they start falling out and shedding.

After they grow back in as naturally growing hairs and keep getting more thick and strong over time.

There are 2 main types of hair transplant: follicular unit transplant (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). While each type of procedure provides similar results, but the way they achieve them is different.

FUT and FUE: what’s the difference? 

Each method has its own pros and cons. 

Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) or follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) is the strip hair transplant method that means cutting out a strip of scalp from the donor area. 

The pros of this type of hair transplant are more fast surgery time (avg 5 hours) without damage to hair follicles, high engraftment rate and low economic burden.

This kind of hair transplant is perfect for dense hair cause this method let do more grafts per session, up to 4000 with very high level of graft survival (98%).

The cons of this hair transplant’s type are small incision scar after the surgery that makes FUT more recommended for longer hair due to linear scar and longer healing period that requires refraining from intense activities for 4-8 weeks. Turnaround for daily activities is 10 days. 

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a cutting-edge hair transplant method that harvest individual hair follicles from the donor area using specialized micro punches.

The pros of this method are hardly any scaring and fast recovery time with less operation pain that means quick turnaround about 3-5 days for daily activities and 10 days for intense activities.

Graft survival level is 85%. This method is good for very short hairstyle cause requires some shaving in donor area before the procedure.   

The cons of this kind of hair transplant is more long surgery time (avg 8 hours). And FUE is better for less dense donor area cause allows to graft fewer number of grafts per session, up to 2000.

After the consultation, the doctor will recommend which procedure would be best suited for you.

Does hair transplant hurt? 

During the procedure you don’t feel any pain because local anesthetic will be injected into your scalp.

After the procedure you may experience some pain and discomfort but normally they are minimal and easily managed by over-the-counter painkillers like Tylenol or Ibuprofen.


What Are the Risks and Side Effects of Hair Transplants?

As any other surgery, hair transplants have some risks and side effects. They may vary depends on the harvesting technique, but the most common of them include:

  • Swelling
  • Itchiness
  • Bleeding
  • Inflammation
  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Numbness or loss of feeling

These risks and side effects are relatively minor, and most are temporary.


How Long Does A Hair Transplant Last?  

In general, the success rate of hair transplants is 95-98%. Top-rated surgeons usually perform the surgery with a close to 100% success result. But with unprofessional clinics the failure rate may have up to a 30%. That’s why it’s so important to find professional clinic with advanced techniques and skilled surgeons.

The result after hair transplant performed by high-qualified hair transplant surgeon can be permanent and lasts a long time. In some cases, it can last more than 20 years, in some cases for life.

Normally, a hair transplant is a long-term solution to pattern baldness, but you may need multiple surgeries to achieve the outcome you want.

Unfortunately, hair transplants won’t work for everyone though there is a small chance that the transplanted hair won’t take and fall out. Also hair transplant can’t prevent you from future hair loss especially if the patient has active hair loss.

Anyway the success of any procedure depends on proper aftercare and recovery. That’s why it’s so important to follow your surgeon’s instructions for post-operation care if you want to achieve your best possible result.


What are the things to consider after hair transplant?

  • Ensure your pillowcase is clean and keep it clean to avoid getting any infections
  • No alcohol and tobacco for the first week after the procedure 
  • Avoid touching your head for the first 48 hours, as the grafts may be dislodged 
  • No hair wash for the first 3 days
  • No sauna for the first three months
  • Avoid extreme heat and cold, especially for the first 2 weeks after the procedure
  • No swimming for 1.5 months
  • Avoid excess sun exposure and sunbathing for the first 3 months
  • No intense physical activity (cardio, weight lifting, physical work and etc.) for the first 1 month after the surgery 

What are the benefits of hair transplant in South Korea? 


South Korea is a plastic surgery capital of the world. The country is known for providing high-quality medical service.

The cost of hair transplant in Korea can vary depending on the clinic, the method and number of hairs transplanted, but compared to other countries like US, hair transplants in South Korea are relatively more affordable.

The choice of the clinic is really important. Docfinderkorea only works with the best clinics where only highly qualified and the most experienced surgeons perform the procedures using advanced technologies.

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