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The before and after of capillary grafts: Everything you need to know

Regarding when is the best time to undergo a hair transplant, the answer would vary since not all cases are the same. For example, despite what most people believe, age is not a determining factor when it comes to performing a hair transplantation or not. However, the absence of pathologies, the need to have a donor area with a certain density, are.

Although there is no preferred age to undergo a hair transplant, many specialists prefer to operate on patients who have already reached their thirties to be able to make a better study of future hair loss. Patients under 25, although they can have the operation, are not the best candidates for this intervention since, often, hair loss has not stabilized before this age. This will prevent the specialists from anticipating the hair loss evolution.

However, the biggest problem that can arise from an early intervention is that after the intervention the patient continues to lose follicles from other non-transplanted areas that still suffer from alopecia. In those cases, doctors prefer to treat these patients with pharmacological components such as minoxidil or finasteride to stabilise the loss before any other intervention.

In any case, anyone who goes to a specialised clinic is subjected to various examinations to help determine what is causing hair loss since this diagnosis reveals the type of alopecia and, therefore, the best intervention for each person.

Once the patient has gone through the series of exams, the best technique to treat their hair loss has been determined, and the patient has undergone the surgery, the patient’s doubts are far from cleared up. Taking into account that each case is unique, this situation is completely understandable.

The grafted follicles genetic information intervene in a decisive manner. For some people the follicles grow very fast and for others much slower. Since the follicles come with the same genetic information and are resistant to alopecia, they will behave the same way in the recipient area where they were transplanted.

When can you appreciate the final results after undergoing a capillary graft?

As to how long you need to wait until you can appreciate the final results, the answer again varies, based on the fact that those results do not appear from one day to the next.

It won’t be until the third month when we’ll be able to see this new strong hair sprout from the grafts during what is medically known as the anagen phase. When we start noticing the growth of new hair, we can start appreciating a certain normality on the scalp and the final result.

It won’t be until the third month that we begin to see the birth of those new strong hairs that have sprouted from the grafts in what is medically known as the anagen phase. It will be when we start to notice the growth of new hair that we can appreciate a certain normality on the scalp and the results we will end up having.

It should be noted that it will not be until around the fourth month when we see our new hair grow normally. Ten months after having undergone the surgery, we will more or less be able to see the definitive results.

Between six and nine months after the surgery, the growth rate accelerates and, after one year, at last, we can appreciate the graft’s final result, once all the grafted hair has sprouted correctly.

Are hair grafts permanent or temporary?

About whether the hair graft is permanent or needs to be renewed little by little, with more interventions, it should be emphasized that the grafted follicles is hair that should last a lifetime. It means that, obviously, like the hair in any other area, it will fall off and grow back following the natural hair cycle.

But it does not mean that the hair does not age along with the subject that carries it. Hence, a loss of some follicles can occur, but it has nothing to do with alopecia or the loss that led the patient to undergo a graft treatment.

Finally, the answer to the question of which areas of the human body are suitable for a hair graft surgery. The FUE transplant technique can be performed elsewhere than on the scalp, with transplants being common in areas like the beard, the eyebrows or body hair. It is becoming increasingly more common in centres specialised in hair grafting as a result of the aesthetic changes that are constantly occurring.

However, for any questions on this matter and that we may have left out of this entry, do not hesitate to contact the Capiclinic team either by phone or by email. Our team will be pleased to help you.

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