If you’re like many people who have experienced more advanced stages of hair loss, you’ve probably wondered often about hair transplantation. At the Hair Restoration Institute, we answer questions every day about how hair transplants can help people restore their self-confidence as they restore a thick, natural-looking head of hair.
One of the most common questions is how long it takes for the hair to grow back after the procedure. To answer that question, it’s important to first answer a few questions about hair transplants and hair growth in general.
What are hair transplants?
Hair transplants are just that – they take follicles from ‘donor’ areas where hair grows thicker and replaces them in thinner areas, reconstructing the natural hairline and filling in areas that have thinned out.
What’s a donor follicle?
Simply put, follicles are structures in your skin that are designed to grow hairs. They’re made up of a narrow tunnel where your hair grows connected to oil glands. The root of your hair is at the bottom of the tunnel, where it’s nourished by blood vessels so that cells can grow, attach, and push upward, forming a hair shaft.
The follicle is usually the issue whenever hair thinning occurs. Problems can happen for a variety of reasons, but eventually, the hair follicle either stops producing new hairs or stays in a resting phase for too long. At this point, there’s no new hair to replace the old one that has been shed.
What are the stages of hair growth?
Your follicles have several stages of hair growth where hair actively grows, rests, or sheds. All hair follicles have these different stages, and even people without hair loss shed multiple hairs every day – that’s the hair you see in your hairbrush or shower drain. Normally, follicles are in different stages of growth and shedding so that lost hairs aren’t even noticeable. But when too many follicles in the same area stop growing new hairs, it becomes noticeable hair loss.
So, what does a hair transplant do?
Hair transplantation procedures use healthy hair follicles from a different part of your head and replace them where your other hair follicles have stopped growing hair. Depending on the procedure, the hair loss medical professional will take only a tiny graft of one or two follicles or a strip of follicles from the donor area, then they’ll place them strategically in areas of thinning to either fill in an area or reconstruct a hairline.
It's a highly sophisticated process that also requires a unique artistic touch, so only experienced medical professionals like our experts at the Hair Restoration Institute can perform hair transplantation procedures.
What happens during a hair transplant? Do I have to be in a hospital?
All the hair transplantation procedures at the Hair Restoration Institute are minimally invasive and are done on an outpatient basis in our professional clinic.
You’ll relax comfortably while our expert medical professionals remove donor follicles and replace them strategically wherever you need them. Because this is a delicate and artistic procedure, it takes several hours to complete, but our team will ensure your comfort throughout the entire process.
What happens after the transplant?
It’s important to understand that a hair transplant moves healthy hair follicles from one place to another. Hairs that were already present in the follicle will eventually shed as normal, but after that, new hairs will grow because the follicle is healthy. That means you can expect to see some changes over several weeks as the follicles adjust.
Because you’re waiting for hair to grow, it can take several months to see the full results. For most people, by nine months the hair is visibly growing as normal through the transplanted follicles, and many see dramatic results within six months. Your hair loss professional at the Hair Restoration Institute will discuss the results you can expect from your hair transplant.
Is a transplant the only solution for hair loss?
Hair transplantation is just one of the options for hair restoration. Everyone has different hair loss treatment needs, and after your personalized consultation, we’ll develop a customized plan that’s right for you. Some people need only hair growth support, while others need a hair replacement solution like a transplant. Your own personal hair restoration plan may include a hair transplant or some other options such as:
Exclusive HRI hair growth stimulating haircare products
PRP hair loss therapy
Low-level laser light therapy
Dermal Lens hair replacement systems
And much more!
Take that first step today toward hair restoration by making your free consultation appointment today at the Hair Restoration Institute. You’ll get a personalized hair loss assessment by one of our caring, professional hair loss experts, who will develop a customized hair replacement solution that will work for you in our discreet and confidential environment. You can find us at 1201 West Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas, or call 817-854-HAIR (4247) for your complimentary consultation with an experienced hair loss professional.