If you were to talk to any experienced surgeon in the field of hair transplant, and ask them how they gauge their success, they would tell you that success would go beyond just the number of grafts they are able to extract and implant. They would tell you that the there are several parameters that need to be taken into consideration to define ‘success’! Given that modern medicine has made several advances, and the same stands true in the case of hair transplant as well, successful transplant procedures have become a lot more common place, but the judgements, the experience and the practise of a surgeon will probably have the highest role to play in a patient seeing the type of results they are hoping for, post a transplant procedure.
In this article, we have tried to compile all the factors that contribute to the success of a transplant procedure – the inputs have come from some of the most respected, reputed and experienced hair transplant surgeons of the country.
Hair transplant success rate:
While the simplest way to judge a hair transplant success rate would be to see if a person had proper hair growth post-transplant or not, but the fact remains that things are not as simple. There are several criteria that need to be taken into consideration before a procedure can be called successful and patient satisfaction is just one of them. Let’s start with what all factors affect the success of a transplant:
All these above-mentioned factors need to be considered, along with the patient satisfaction, to determine the eventual success rate of hair transplant.
Hair transplant success rate in India:
Surveys have shown that overall, the success rate of transplants in India is close to 98%, with almost 80% people seeing their hair regrowth happening within the first three to four months of the transplant. In 2016, a survey was conducted amongst people who had gotten an FUE transplant with hair that had been extracted from the head as well as other parts of the body. After about an average of three years after the procedure, the rate of satisfaction was well above 80% and the graft survival rates were between 90-95%, which would be deemed extremely good. It is also important to remember that there is a shedding phase, which is one of the common side effects of hair transplant and is to be expected with any transplant procedure – hair will fall out and then eventually new hair will grow in, which should last several years.
There are several reasons why more and more people are choosing to come to India for their hair transplant and this is because the success rate has been quite high in the past few years. Several parameters contribute to these success stories and some of the main ones have been listed here:
Female hair transplant success rate:
Several people tend to think that hair transplantation surgery is meant only for men, but the fact is that anyone, irrespective of their gender, can undergo a transplant process, as long as they are candidates for the same. For women, who are suffering from androgenetic alopecia, a transplant would be a really good option, even though the manner of hair loss is different in women. In women, the hair loss is normally more diffused and rather than obvious bald spots, it will present more as an overall thinning. Unlike men, the donor area in women is not always stable, which is why the procedure can be a little more complicated. The rate of success for hair transplant in women is often slightly lower; somewhere around the 85-95%. It is also interesting to note that the reasons for success will be mostly the same for men as well as women – this means the quality of the surgeon, the clinic being well-equipped, the right procedure being selected and the post operative care being followed will all lead to better results.
FUE Vs FUT Hair Transplant Success Rate:
One constant conversation that you will see in relation with hair transplant result will be a comparison between FUE and FUT – while there is no 100% guarantee with either procedure, it has been noticed that the success rate is often higher with FUT or strip surgery. Surveys and studies have shown that surgeons are able to achieve anywhere between 95 to 98% and in some situations, even 100% success with FUT. However, the number will be slightly lower with FUE; ranging anywhere between 90 to 95%. If the FUE transplant has been done by an extremely experienced surgeon, there is a chance that there will be absolute success there too; but it would be wise to keep expectations real.
It is also important to remember that the choice of procedure will be dependent on how extensive the hair loss is – the more the hair loss, FUT will be the procedure of choice and to create a sense of volume or cover smaller bald patches, FUE would be chosen. Depending on the number of grafts that have been extracted, how they have been implanted and how much time the grafts spent outside the body will all have roles to play in the success. Yet again, the success rates will be dependent on the talent and expertise of the surgeon and how well you take care of your surgical site post procedure.
5 Factors that contribute to Hair Transplant Success:
To sum it all up, there are some main factors that can contribute to the success of a transplant: