What Is The Success Rate Of Hair Transplant Surgery?

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For men and women experiencing hair loss, the promise of restoring lost hair and a natural, thick hairline is very exciting. However, there is a lot to consider when looking into surgical hair restoration.

One of the biggest concerns an individual has when considering strip surgery or FUE hair transplant surgery is the success rate.  Because surgical hair restoration is permanent, everyone wants to ensure that they achieve a natural and dense looking head of hair.  So how successful is hair transplant surgery and what factors need to be considered?

Selecting a Top Hair Transplant Surgeon
The success of a hair transplant largely depends on the hair transplant surgeon you choose for the procedure. Most of the hair surgeons claim to offer a 98% success rate, however, the skill and experience of each surgeon varies, as do their results.  Thus, there are many factors to consider.

Choosing the Right Hair Surgeon
You are encouraged to research all hair restoration doctors you are considering. The right surgeon will give you the best advice through proper inspection and diagnosis. He/she considers everything like age, the area of baldness, your short term and long term goals, the texture and color of your hair, causes of balding (ex. genetic, hormonal, chemical effect, etc.) to decide whether or not you are a candidate for hair transplant surgery.

If you meet their hair transplant treatment standards, the right surgeon may be able to deliver up to a 95% success rate.  However, if you disqualify, they will not perform the procedure and advise you not to fall for the false promises that others might give.  

Methods used for hair transplant
Another factor to determine the success rate of hair transplant surgery is the donor harvesting technique utilized by the doctor during the procedure. There are a few techniques a hair transplant surgeon might use for hair transplants. It’s important that you understand them and ultimately, select the one that you are most comfortable with.  You can ask for expert guidance regarding the latest trends and what fits your preferences to choose the best technique that ensures a high success rate. 

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) was innovated in 2002 and involves harvesting follicular units (hair groupings of 1 to 4 hairs that occur naturally in the scalp) one by one from the donor area and implanting them into tiny recipient incisions made by the surgeon in the balding/thinning areas.  The surgeon may use various extraction devices such as manual tools, powered devices and even automated devices such as the ARTAS, NeoGraft or SmartGraft. The success of the procedure depends much more on the skill and experience of the surgeon then it does on the device in which they are using. However, each extraction device does come with its own list of potential advantages and disadvantages.  

FUSS (Follicular Unit Strip Surgery) involves harvesting a strip of tissue from the sides and back of the scalp using a single scalpel and then dissecting follicular units using microscopes for transplanting. Unlike FUE, this method is fairly standard across the board and physicians use very similar tools to carry out the procedure. However, like FUE, the skill and experience of each surgeon varies, as do their results.  Thus, standardization may be good in some ways, however, it’s a bit deceiving because one might think that they will obtain the same result no matter where they go. But this simply isn’t the case.

Hair Transplant Reviews
There are various testimonials of people from all walks of life Including celebrities who have gone through a successful hair transplant. These hair transplant reviews can be a valuable tool to help you decide on a surgeon and a technique.  Moreover, these hair transplant reviews also highlight the pros and cons of the procedure depicting the actual success rate.

Establishing Realistic Expectations:
A patients’ hopes and expectations vary widely when they start considering a hair transplant. Some just want to hide their baldness; some want to restore their lost hair, and some want to revitalize their appearance.  Assuming all else is equal, the success rate of a hair transplant will depend largely on your expectations.

The success rate of a hair transplant will depend largely on your expectations, the type of donor harvesting procedure and the skill and experience of your hair transplant surgeon.  Therefore, researching the procedure and all physicians you are considering is critical to ensure you’ve had the best experience and results.