The success of a hair transplant is frequently judged by the appearance of the patient’s hair after the transplant has fully grown which normally takes a year. The success of the procedure is best judged by the patient as trying to meet the patient’s expectations is the primary objective of the surgeon. In the consultation process, when the patient first attends the doctor, they frequently ask how successful this procedure is and our response is that this depends on what the patient’s objectives are and the quality of the donor’s hair.
In a non-smoker between 95-98% of the grafts will grow successfully provided the highest international standards of surgery are used in the transplant procedure.
The key to a successful hair transplant procedure is hair follicles are extracted directly from the donor area i.e. the back of the scalp which usually does not face baldness. These extracted hair follicles are collected, counted & coated with preservation fertilizers and directly implanted in the balding areas. The second is down to the skill and experience of the surgeon and how and where the hair grafts are placed. We judge our criteria for success by the fact that a year later when the hair has grown successfully, the patient no longer thinks about their hair on a daily basis. Most patients will comment that nobody has noticed their hair transplant and they feel the success of the transplant comes from the fact that their own self-image and self-esteem have improved.
Hair transplant surgeons are very successful at providing a natural appearance. The success of the surgery is dependent on the levels of donor hair that can be extracted. The more a patient’s scalp has lost hair, the less there will be to transplant. A skillful hair surgeon can achieve the illusion of hair density by skillfully arranging the transplanted hair in the parts of the scalp that are most visible. This is often where the art of hair restoration meets the science.