The before and after of capillary grafts: Everything you need to know
Because of our experiencence we know that there are many questions that come to the mind of the patient that has decided to submit to a capillary graft intervention. A common urge in those people that suffer from a problem like alopecia, which is always better treated sooner than later.
In relation to when is the best moment to submit to a capillary graft, the answer will vary, as not all cases are the same. For example, despite what most people believe, age is not a determining factor when it comes to performing, or not performing a hair graft intervention. However, the absence of pathologies in the patient, the need that the patient has a donor area and that these areas have particular densities, are.
While there is no defined age to undergo a capillary follicle graft, many specialists prefer to intervene with the patients that have reached their thirties so that they can carry out a better study of future hair loss.
Those under the age of 25, though they can also be grafted, aren’t the best candidates for this intervention as, oftentimes, the loss of hair has not yet stabilized. This will prevent the specialists from anticipating the evolution of the loss that is developing.
Nevertheless, the biggest problem that can derive from an early intervention is that the patient continues to lose follicles from untransplanted areas that, following the intervention, have continued to suffer from alopecia. It is in these cases when the doctors prefer to submit these patients to treatments with pharmacological components such as minoxidil or finasteride to stabalize the loss before any intervention.
In any case, any person that goes to a specialized clinic is submitted to different tests that determine what is causing the hair loss as it will be the diagnosis that reveals the type of alopecia and, therefore, the best intervention for each problem.
Once the patient has undergone the study, the best technique to repare the alopecia has been determined, and later been operated on, the patients doubts are far from finished. Taking into account that each case is unique, this situation is completely understandable.
The genetic information of the grafted follicle intervenes in a decisive manner. Therefore, in certain people the follicles grow very fast and in others much slower. As this is the same that was present before extraction, and had been made alopecia resistant, it will behave the same way in the new area it has been relocated to.
How long after undergoing a capilllary graft will the finished result be perceived?
In relation to the question that refers to the amount of time until a final result is perceived, the answer depends, based on the fact that the result is not achieved from one day to the next.
Once the scalp has been operated on, it goes through a healing process in which each grafted hair settles in its new location. A natural loss of follicles happens during the first week, leaving the internally grafted bulb to begin to develop a new hair with strength. Therefore there is no need to be afraid if you see that grafted hair progressively falls out over the first days following the intervention.
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 that we will see our new hair grow normally. After ten months of having undergone surgery we will be able to see more or less definitively our new image.
Between six and nine months, the growth rate accelerates and, once a year has passed, it is when at last the final result of the graft is appreciated, once all the grafted hair has sprouted correctly.
Are hair grafts permanent or temporary?
On 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. That means that, obviously, as with hair in any other area, it will fall off and come back following the natural hair cycle.
That does not mean, as is evident, that the hair does not age as does the subject that carries it. Hence, a loss of some follicles can occur which will have 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, highlighting that the FUE transplant technique can not only be performed on the scalp, with transplants being common in such areas like the beard, eyebrows or body hair. Something that is becoming increasingly more common in centers specialized in hair grafting as a result of the aesthetic changes that are constantly occuring.
However, for any doubt on this matter and any of those that we may have left out of this entry, do not hesitate to contact the Capiclinic team either by phone or by email, where our team will be pleased to help you.