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Do hair transplants really work?

Do hair transplants really work? Will the new transplanted hair keepe same color and texture?

Category: General Hair Transplant FAQs
Asked 11 months ago

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Yes, surgeons remove grafts from one area of the body (the donor site) and transplant it another area (the recipient site). The transferred tissue is not "rejected" as it is not foreign tissue. The transplanted hair maintains its own characteristics; color, texture, growth rate, and curl, after transplantation and regrowth.

Answered 11 months ago

Hair transplantation continues to improve with each passing decade. The advent of Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), though flawed, enabled surgeons to more efficiently conduct hair transplants with more consistent results. The method is not without flaws, however, including the chance of an eventual plug-like appearance and an unavoidable lateral scar. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), the most recent development to gain prominence, if done proficiently, offers even better results than FUT and without its tell-tale scar or months of convalescence.  

A major breakthrough in hair transplantation, FUE also requires a ton of training and practice. Surgeons must also show wherewithal: large FUE procedures can require multiple eight-hour sessions. As surgeons gain proficiency they often increase their rate of transplantation. Dr. Cole's ability to conduct Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®), his namesake FUE variant, now rivals the speed of FUT. However, Dr. Cole is also a pioneer in the field and has been conducting CIT® procedures since 2002.

Whatever the method, a surgeon's skill is what truly matters. FUE can lead to outstanding results, particularly CIT®, but only if the surgeon is proficient. Specialists measure a transplant's success by evaluating aesthetics and overall yield. True experts are mindful of their patients' former hairlines and devise plans that best reflect their specific characteristics and features. Further, true experts are very proficient at harvesting and transplanting grafts. A common way of evaluating a transplant's technical success is through the transection rate, or the percentage of follicles irrevocably damaged during extraction and transplantation. Dr. Cole has a transection rate of under 3%. Experts typically have a transection rate of under 5% while most surgeons range from 20% to 80%.

So, at base level, do hair transplants really work? Yes, absolutely! That mentioned, patients should do their utmost to find the best surgeon available. Just because hair transplants *can* work does not mean they *will* work; all depends on the patient's selection of a clinic and surgeon. Learn more about the transplants we offer by contacting us!

Answered 9 months ago

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