I am sure whoever has heard about the hair transplant will be asking, “Does hair transplant last forever? How long does hair restoration last?” Even at our Care Well Medical Centre, the best hair transplantation clinic in Delhi, we are often asked these same questions.

How Long Does Hair Transplant Last?

August 17, 2020 by Dr. Sandeep Bhasin

I am sure whoever has heard about the hair transplant will be asking, “Does a hair transplant last forever? How long does hair restoration last?” We are often asked these same questions.

Here’s good news for all of you! Whoever plans to put an end to their hair loss by opting for a hair transplant will surely experience long-lasting results. Yes, you have heard it right! Hair transplantation is the permanent solution to your hair loss problem. But there are many factors that play a significant role in delivering a long-lasting result. This article outlines those significant factors in detail.

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Theoretically speaking, a hair transplant can last permanently. It’s because the hair follicles used for transplantation are genetically programmed to continue their growth.

However, factors such as age, lifestyle, type of hair, and the extent of hair loss originally can have a drastic effect on the lifespan of the transplanted hair. In several cases, you may require more than one procedure to achieve the desired results.

Before getting into all these factors in detail, let us understand how hair transplantation works.

What Happens During Hair Transplantation?

At the Care Well Medical Centre, we perform hair transplantation in two methods:

  • Follicular Unit Transplant/Strip (FUT)
  • Follicular Unit Extraction/Excision (FUE)

Both these procedures deliver great results, despite using different techniques for graft harvesting.

In the FUT process, the hair surgeon removes a strip of hair from the back of your head. This strip will be divided into tiny grafts of individual follicular units composed of 1-4 hairs. FUE Hair transplant surgery using body or beard hair combined with scalp hair got an overall score of satisfaction (8.3/10) with an average follow-up of 2.9 years [1].

FUE technique extracts individual follicular units directly from the scalp with the help of a 0.8mm to 1mm manual or motorized punch device. After harvesting the grafts, the surgeon implants them in the bald areas as tiny incisions.

The surgeon should undertake this process carefully and precisely to create a natural look that blends impeccably with the original hair.

The FUE technique leaves a series of tiny dot scars in the donor portion. But the FUT leaves a linear scar. Both of these are not easily visible to the naked eye. Anyway, your head will be free of these scabs between 10-15 days after your surgery.

Anyway, during the consultation time before the surgery, your hair transplant surgeon will select the right option depending on the quality and extent of the hair loss, as well as the quantity of the donor’s hair.

What to expect after hair transplant surgery?

Following the hair transplantation surgery, remember that your newly transplanted hair will shed in the first three months. This is totally normal during the initial phase. This is called the resting phase of your hair cycle. Don’t think that your hair transplant has not worked properly.

You will find significant hair growth between 6-12 months after the surgery. Still, you can see the complete results by fifteen months, where your newly grafted hair behaves naturally.

Does a hair transplant last forever?

As mentioned above, the hair follicles used for transplantation are genetically programmed to continue their growth. Your surgeon will be selecting the right hair from the donor area before the transplantation.

Hence even after the transplantation, the newly grafted hair follicles retain the qualities of their origin.

This is where we highly emphasize you select a well-experienced hair surgeon so that he will do the best for the cost you pay!

Moreover, your hair surgeon will study the overall pattern of your hair cycle before opting for hair transplantation. If your hair growth is naturally slow and less thick, remember that your transplanted hair will also experience the same results.

However, your hair surgeon will proactively guide you in setting the right expectations. He will make you understand the characteristics of your natural hair growth.

Remember that there is limited donor hair at the back and sides of the head. Hence, it may not be possible to replace all the lost hair.

Read Too: What is the Success Rate of Hair Transplant

Will I require repetitive hair transplant surgery?

Hair loss is a progressive process. By the time your newly transplanted hair becomes permanent; your original hair may begin to thin. Hence, it’s really challenging to perform hair transplant surgery as planned. You may have to undergo hair transplantation again in such cases.

Either you will have to add density to the already transplanted area or address the area that’s bald. At times, your hair surgeon may recommend several medications to minimize the ongoing hair loss and the need for surgery. Anyway, your surgeon will discuss the needful.

What are the factors that can affect hair transplant outcomes?

Every patient is unique, in terms of hair characteristics. Hence the best results in hair transplantation usually depend on the following factors such as:

  • Hair characteristics
  • The severity of the hair loss
  • The density of the donor part
  • Size of the head
  • Skin laxity
  • The connection between skin and hair color – Hairs will be thin if you are having pale skin. If you are having dark hair, you can see more skin through the hair.
  • Thickness in terms of donor follicular unit groupings – The donor’s hair with three to four follicular units will look thicker than the donor’s hair having only one to two follicular units.


Anyway, FUE and FUT Hair transplants are not effective for everyone. So, you should get your hair examined properly before opting for the type of hair transplantation. This is where our hair transplantation surgeons in Care Well Clinic remain realistic about the results that you should expect after the surgery.

Our Care Well medical team will recommend the procedure only if it works out for you in the long run without any side effects.

We’ll provide the instructions you should follow to take good care of your hair transplants in the first few weeks. You are always welcome for further check-ups, ongoing support, or any other procedures to prevent further issues.

If you are planning to undergo hair transplantation, our experienced medical team is always ready to talk through the relevant options after examining your hair thoroughly.

To determine the right and the best-personalized treatment for your hair, contact Care Well Medical Centre, Delhi’s best hair transplant clinic, for a consultation in detail.


  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5070467/
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Dr. Sandeep Bhasin

Dr. Sandeep Bhasin is a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon and the owner of Care Well Medical Centre in Delhi. With extensive expertise in cosmetic and plastic surgery, he is dedicated to providing exceptional care and transformative results to his patients. Dr. Sandeep Bhasin obtained his MBBS and MS in General Surgery from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and served as a consultant at Bhaktshreshtha Kamalakarpant Laxman Walawalkar Hospital, Diagnostic & Research Centre. Specializing in various procedures such as face-lifts, rhinoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation, hair transplant and many others, Dr. Sandeep Bhasin is committed to enhancing his patients' natural beauty and self-confidence.

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