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Is an FUE hair transplant permanent?

As we age our hair tends to become thinner and we may also suffer from bald patches. This can happen to men and women of any age, and can obviously cause embarrassment and issues related to body confidence. This can then cause low self-esteem and mental health problems. So hair loss should be taken seriously.

One solution to tackle hair loss is the FUE (Follicular Unit Excision) hair transplant. What many people are concerned about is just how long this treatment will last and if the hair transplant is permanent? Below we explore exactly what an FUE hair transplant is, and we address the question -‘is a hair transplant permanent?’.

What is an FUE hair transplant?

An FUE hair transplant is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of hair follicles from the scalp and then the subsequent transplanting of these hair follicles to areas of the scalp where hair loss has occurred. Hair follicles are usually removed from the sides of the head or from the back of the head.

These follicles will at first grow fine hair that will then fall out- this is normal. It will then take around ten to fifteen months for new hair to grow which will be thicker and resemble your natural hair.

So, is having an FUE hair transplant a permanent solution to hair loss?

The good news is that an FUE hair transplant is indeed a permanent solution for hair loss. This is because the transplanted follicle should continue to grow new hair for the rest of its life. You don’t need to treat it any differently to your normal hair. Just wash and style your hair as normal.

What may happen is that other hair loss can occur from other areas of the scalp. This can give the impression that the transplanted follicles have failed. For this reason you need to think carefully about when you have a hair transplant and what you can do to prevent hair loss.

When you may need another FUE hair transplant treatment

You may have heard of people having more than one FUE treatment session, and this isn’t uncommon. This is not because the transplanted hair is not permanent, but rather due to the fact that natural hair loss occurs. If this does happen to you, then it possible to carry out another FUE transplant, but the selection of hair will be limited because you cannot use transplant hair. More than two treatments is not usually recommended.

If you would like to know more about FUE hair transplant for hair loss, then please do get in touch with us today.