Hair Loss

Will I Need A Second Hair Transplant?

For anyone suffering from hair loss, making the choice to have an FUE hair transplant can often seem like a big decision. Although a hair transplant is a safe and common procedure that has a short recovery time and offers excellent results, it is still a cosmetic procedure. 

Hair loss is a natural occurrence, albeit an undesirable one, and where people are keen to explore cosmetic treatments to help combat this, they want reassurance that the procedure will be permanent, helping them retain their desired look. 

So whilst FUE hair transplants are certainly a long-term treatment for hair loss, some patients may require an additional hair transplant later on down the line due to the nature of hair loss and the different areas that people lose hair and different times in their lives. 

In this article, we will be exploring why FUE hair transplants are an effective treatment and why second hair transplants may be needed for some patients.

Do hair transplants work?

Utilising the latest technological advancements and improved surgical techniques in cosmetic surgery, FUE hair transplants provide exceptional results that leave the patient with a natural-looking, full head of voluminous hair. 

FUE hair transplants are a less invasive procedure than that of its FUT counterpart, and they also ensure that there is minimal scarring with a quick recovery time. Plenty of patient reviews show that hair transplants do work, but this can all depend on how qualified and experienced the surgeon is. 

Hair loss in men begins to speed up in their early thirties and then typically slows down to a more manageable rate. By monitoring the hair loss, your surgeon will be able to recommend the best time to have a transplant and guarantee the best results for longer.

Some people may find that even with an excellent FUE hair transplant, they begin to experience thinning in other areas of the scalp due to hair loss occurring at different locations on the scalp at different times in one’s life. If this happens, having a second procedure is an option, although you will need to consider how much of your own hair you want to use or if you can receive donor hair.

How long does a hair transplant last?

When a hair transplant is done right, it will last many years, and often a lifetime, thanks to the type of hair used and the precise nature of FUE. But if you think you are in need of a second hair transplant, always consult an expert surgeon, such as the team here at The Treatment Rooms London. We can guide you through the options available and help you manage hair loss in a variety of ways – but rest assured, helping our clients look and feel their very best is our ultimate goal.

Will I need a second hair transplant?

As hair loss is the main reason most people choose to have a hair transplant, many recipients are understandably concerned that their hair loss may come back. A good surgeon will be able to advise you on when is the best time to have a hair transplant, including how fast the hair loss is occurring, and how evenly the hair loss is spread through the scalp. There are in fact better times than others to have a hair transplant which your surgeon will discuss with you during your consultation.

When you have your first FUE transplant, your care team will be able to recommend medications and non-surgical hair loss treatments like Minoxidil and Finasteride that help combat any further hair loss and maintain a more consistent look. 

Occasionally, second transplants are used to add extra volume and density to an existing transplant or, to target other areas of hair loss that differ from the initial affected area. FUE transplants are always the best option to choose from and offer the most natural-looking results from the very first procedure – so if you’re exploring having a second, you’ll know the results are guaranteed to look great.

Second hair transplant takes longer to grow

The average time it takes for new hair follicles to grow after a hair transplant can differ from patient to patient, and whilst recipients are eager to see instant results, it’s important to remember that grafts will take approximately 8-12 months to grow. However, this is only after the first transplant. 

Unfortunately, hair grafts may take longer to show results after a second procedure because microscopic scar tissue from the first surgery may slow the growth. Nevertheless, that’s not to say that it won’t grow because you will eventually see results after 12 months. In this time, you may experience more hair shedding or ‘shock loss’, similar to the hair transplant side effects from the first procedure.

Second hair transplant surgery

A second hair transplant is certainly a viable option for some patients, especially those who are experiencing continuous recession even after the first transplant. However, a span of 3-10 years will pass before a second one becomes necessary. In extreme cases, a second one may be needed sooner. If so, we recommend waiting at least 12 months in between procedures to let the initial results from the first hair transplant show.

Will a second hair transplant leave scars?

Like all hair transplant procedures, scarring is a common side effect. However, FUE is the least invasive procedure and therefore only leaves minimal hair transplant scars. This is because hair follicles are carefully extracted from the donor area and then transferred to the target location. 

The results speak for themselves as patients experience minimal to no visible scarring whatsoever after a week or so. Once the scalp is fully healed, scarring should appear minimal. But this begs the question, will a second hair transplant leave scars?

It is a very common practice for patients to receive a second FUE hair transplant procedure. In fact, hair transplants can be replicated on the same patient (although it is not common) for up to 6-7 times. The second procedure process will be almost identical to the first and therefore there should also be minimal scarring as a result. 

Once the scars from the first FUE hair transplant surgery have healed, and patients have waited for a minimum of 12 months, then the second procedure can commence. However, just like the first procedure, there will be slight visible scarring and once your hair begins to grow back, any scarring will be covered.

Second hair transplant results

FUE hair transplants are one of the most successful, natural-looking, long-term hair treatments available today. The success rates are very high when performed correctly on the right hair transplant candidate. It is only on some occasions when a patient will need a second hair transplant, and this is usually due to either correcting the initial transplant or to restore any hair that continues to recede after the first transplant. 

Reputable clinics, like The Treatment Rooms London, will advise patients to not go above the two hair transplant threshold as there is no need. If a patient is opting for a third hair transplant, then it’s evident the two previous procedures were not carried out properly. However, a patient is always advised to get a second FUE hair transplant if needed, especially if the initial surgery wasn’t performed properly. 

Similar to the first transplant, a patient will start to see long lasting results after 12 months, as the hair follicles will be completely secure and will start to grow efficiently, provided you have followed the correct hair transplant aftercare and recovery steps. 

If you’re considering getting a second hair transplant and are in need of expert advice, please book a consultation with one of our specialist surgeons. We will go through all of the options with you and decide whether you’re in need of a second hair transplant together.

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