The Factors Impacting Hair Transplant Success Rate
Hair transplant success rate is something a lot of people want to find out. They know hair transplants are permanent, but they also want to know the success rate.
The success rate of hair transplants is %90-95 on average while the actual number depends on each unique patient and case. We have covered the reasons for the hair loss and how to increase the hair implant success rate in this article for you.
So, let’s get started!
After the age of 25 (in some cases earlier than this age), depending on the genetic and other factors, we may begin to lose hair. From 25 to 45, our genetic code shapes how many hair follicles we will lose.
Some people experience their first hair loss at the age of 21 while others have no hair loss at all until 50. To explain how hair transplants work, we need first to tell why we lose them in the first place.
Genetic hair loss is just one side of the story. The other half is about your living standards. You may think you are losing hair because your relatives were losing hair at the same age, but other factors could be in effect as well.
If the hair loss is genetical, there is not much to do to stop it. But if it is because of your diet, mineral and vitamin deficiency or sleep routine, then you can do something about it.
All these factors have an impact on your DHT (dihydrotestosterone) levels. DHT hormone affects the hair root, and this determines if you lose your hair or not.
If you have high DHT, then you have low testosterone levels. Therefore an average testosterone level means a normal DHT level and your hair should be fine.
Factors Affecting Testosterone Levels
We can conclude that your testosterone level determines your hair condition. So, if you know what affects your testosterone level, you will also see what you need to do to prevent hair loss.
Testosterone hormone level depends on your lifestyle directly.
Research shows that if you don’t get enough sleep or your sleep is not enough or you don’t sleep consistently between 11 pm and 4 am, your body will not effectively manage testosterone. Your sleep quality affects your entire life more than you think.
A low-quality sleep pattern will cause more stress during the day. You will feel more tired and will have a higher tendency towards depression and anxiety.
Your day quality will drop as a result of a poor sleep pattern. Therefore you will have a poor testosterone level and high DHT. Eventually, this will cause hair loss.
Your Diet Is More Important Than You Think
What we eat in a day, in any meal is very significant. You might underestimate the importance of the diet in hair loss, but it is quite essential. When compared healthy foods to the rest, there is a significant difference.
For your body to maintain the balance, it is crucial for you to give it the necessary nutrients each day. Because if you don’t, you will lack some essential minerals and vitamins or even proteins.
This will cause your body to lose its hormone balance. In the end, this will hurt your hormone levels disturbing your DHT level. High DHT will make you lose hair eventually.
Moreover, especially for people who eat a lot of unhealthy fat, they have a higher chance of losing hair. As the nutrients get more complex in structure, they are harder to digest and dispose of.
This causes stress in the body which directly triggers reducing levels of testosterone. The rest you know.
Additionally, with an unbalanced diet, you will not get essential minerals and vitamins for your hair. Vitamin A, B, C, D, and E are all linked to hair health.
Zinc, Iron, Magnesium and essential fatty acids are the minerals which get you to the health of hair.
If you lack these vitamins and minerals, either your scalp, your hormones or your hair root will be affected negatively. Then, this will cause hair loss or speed it up if it has already started.
Consuming Alcohol And Gym
When compared, a person who consumes alcohol regularly is a better candidate for losing hair than a person who goes to the gym instead. Not only alcohol but also drugs cause hair loss as well.
The use of any substances and alcohol result into lower testosterone. It is not only the substances but also the poor sleep quality adding to that.
When any of these consumed, your body loses water. The loss of water causes deficiencies in the body. It takes longer than usual to get the body back into the routine.
Alcohol and drugs also cause you to have lower absorption of the nutrients. In the end, your body will suffer from many things, and from hair loss almost certainly.
If you choose to live a more healthy life and go to the gym regularly, you will experience better consequences. A person spending an hour at the gym three days a week will promote absorption from the nutrients significantly.
If you follow a healthy diet with the gym, you will increase your immune system and hormone balance. You will sleep and rest better. You will fall asleep faster as well. In every arena to fight hair loss, you will have the upper hand.
Even if your hair loss is genetical, your scalp will be more healthy and will respond to any changes better. If you start using Finasteride or Minoxidil, your body’s response will be better.
If you get hair implants, they will heal faster and will stay healthy longer.
Despite The Genetics
If you can follow the positive path, your chances of having a better-looking hair will increase. You will have a better chance of preventing hair loss or slowing it down.
In some cases, if your hair loss is not due to your genetics, changing these conditions will help you not only to stop hair loss but also promote hair regrowth.
If your hair loss is due to your genetics, then still you will stand a better chance of fighting hair loss. Because you have the ideal DHT level, any alternative method will have a higher chance to work.
With your genetics, there is nothing you can do. But with your lifestyle, there is a lot you can do. And if you want to fight hair loss despite your genetics, your goal should be optimizing your DHT through an ideal testosterone level.
Why Do We Lose Hair?
We lose hair because hair follicles are designed to live for a duration. After days, weeks or years at some point, your hair root (Papilla) will separate from your hair follicle.
Now what usually happens is, your papilla will produce a new hair follicle in the anagen phase, and you will have new hair.
Unfortunately, if the papilla becomes insensitive because of genetic or hormone related reasons, this reproduction time gets shorter. In the end, your hair root becomes unable to produce new hair, and you lose a hair.
Now, it is normal for one single hair root to lose its sensitivity. However, when a bunch of hair is falling in the same area, you start to witness baldness or alopecia. This usually is when people realize their hair loss and start looking for solutions.
If you are losing your hair because of non-genetic factors, you have a chance of promoting the anagen phase and regain your hair. As we explained above, the reason for your hair loss is probably related to DHT hormone and changing things in your life can get your hair back.
Also, although not proven, some people lose hair due to the extreme warmth in the weather. The sweat blocks the hair root and causes hair loss. But it is considered a temporary situation.
If you are losing hair because of your genetic clock triggered, then this means your hair roots are not as sensitive as much as they used to be.
The anagen phase doesn’t reoccur because your genetic code set the hair roots to become inactive. You might want to start considering hair loss prevention strategies.
How Do Hair Transplants Work?
To regrow hair on the bald area, you have to get your hair roots to be sensitive again. Since your hair roots are not doing their job, you can’t grow hair in a specific area. First, you got your DHT level under control, and now you are ready to act against hair loss. You have two options;
- You can try alternative methods such as Finasteride, Minoxidil, and PRP
- Or, you can get a hair transplant procedure
Earlier, we have discussed alternative methods in depth in the article “The Solution To The Hair Loss Problem: Finasteride – Or, Is It?” and you might want to take a look at that if you need more information.
Briefly, alternative methods have all pro’s and con’s, but the common problem is, they are not permanent. You can get results for a very long time, but in the end, if you want the permanent solution, your only shot is a hair transplant procedure.
Finasteride aims to inhibit type II 5-AR and the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone in various tissues including the scalp. Since DHT level is lower, as a result, you might expect less hair loss.
However, if hair loss is genetic or your testosterone level is too low because of your lifestyle, Finasteride effects will be limited. If you manage to stop hair loss for a while, then it is good. You have bought time.
But sooner or later, your body will grow a tolerance to the drug, and it won’t be as effective anymore.
The case is the same for the Minoxidil and PRP, in time, their benefits will reduce to the minimum. Then, you will consider getting a hair transplant procedure.
FUE or FUT, it doesn’t matter. Both ways aim to extract the hair follicles and therefore the hair roots. The idea is, moving the sensitive hair roots to areas without sensitive roots.
The healthy hair root will adapt its place and start a healthy and long anagen phase in its new location.
Therefore, your scalp will start growing hair in the bold area. Genetic factors and DHT levels will not matter for a very long while.
Your surgeon prefers to select the donor area with genetic superiority. In general, this will be the back of your head. But, no matter where the hair comes from, it will be genetically superior to the fallen hair.
It will not be affected by the DHT levels. This is the reason why the new hair will be permanently there.
The Hair Transplant Success Rate
The technological advancements made it possible for hair transplant success rate to go up to %95 on average. Today, the equipment of hair implanting is incredibly useful. The same thing applies to the planting stage.
The percentage of overall hair transplant success rate depends on the procedure and the surgeon as well as the patient. Finding your ideal surgeon is crucial to get the highest hair transplant success rate and the most natural look.
But even if you can’t, still the hair transplant success rate is above %90, and this number is a very precious number.
It Is Up To You
We always believed that the success of the hair transplant operation is up to you. Yes, a surgeon will perform the surgery. But you will choose that surgeon.
Just looking at the numbers and saying “oh, even the worst number is a great number” is a mistake.
Yes, this means if you are not very unlucky, 90 follicles out of 100 will stay on your head for a very long time. But the way it will remain is also very significant.
Therefore, choosing your hair transplant method and surgeon is essential for having the most number of hair follicles on your head while they all look natural.
Also, we recently covered and explained how we found our surgeon we recommend and it might help you. You can read it here =)