Do Second Hair Transplants Work?
It is often surprising to learn how much people don’t understand about hair transplants. Often people hear the word “transplant”, and they think of hair taken off another individual and put onto their own, which isn’t really possible. There are others that think that anyone can get a transplant and that isn’t true.
An important key factor for hair transplantation to be successful is having enough healthy hair follicles in the donor area. This is a portion of your scalp typically on the back or on the sides your head. If you are someone who is bald or near bald you may not have enough healthy follicles for a hair transplant. There are different factors that need to be looked into to see if you are a transplant candidate.
While it is possible to receive a second or even third hair transplant later on in life, if necessary, there are some things that may make it unrealistic.
Why a Second Hair Transplant May Not Be Feasible
There are those that do get a second hair transplant procedure at some point in their life. If you are still in good health and qualify as a good candidate then an experienced hair restoration surgeon should have no issue performing a second hair transplant, either in a years’ time, or even many years later. With today’s advances in the art and science of hair transplant surgical techniques, many Shear Pointe hair transplant patients have opted for a second transplant procedure to correct old pluggy hair transplants performed many years ago.
There are situations that could cause a second hair transplant to not be an option. First and foremost, would be the lack of healthy follicles in the donor area. You need enough follicles from your own scalp to fill in the thinning hair spots.
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If you have already undergone one hair transplant procedure, you may not have enough hair follicles available for another transplant. You don’t want to over harvest hair as that could create an uneven appearance.
Talking to a hair restoration specialist is an important step. Most patients considering hair restoration surgery come to us with hereditary hair loss (androgenetic alopecia). With that in mind, waiting until you are older, and the pattern of your hair loss is established will help to make sure you don’t lose your hair around the newly transplanted hair follicles. This could leave you with gaps or weird looking patches. It helps to be smart and conservative from the start, then you may not need a second transplant later on.
When is it Possible to Receive a Second Hair Transplant?
If you are considering having another hair transplant surgery, we encourage you to consult with an experienced hair restoration specialist who has significant experience in the field of second and even third hair transplants. They can examine your scalp and talk to you about the rate of which your hair is thinning. This will give you a good indication if a second hair transplant is possible or advisable.
Detroit Hair Restoration Specialists
Should you get a second hair transplant procedure? The answer for most patients is “it depends.” It is possible to undergo a second hair transplant procedure, but the main factor is the number of healthy hair follicles that are available and the underlying condition of the donor area scalp. We encourage you to meet with a trained Shear Pointe Hair Restoration professional at our state-of-the-art hair replacement center in Detroit (Birmingham), Michigan.
We have been serving the hair needs of men, women, and children throughout the Detroit and lower Michigan area since 1969. We are committed to your comfort and privacy. After a thorough hair loss evaluation, we will work with you one-on-one to help you understand all the various hair replacement and hair restoration options available to you, and work with you to develop a hair restoration plan that meets your individual needs and desires.