I was recently asked by a friend in Los Angeles to give my opinion on the merits of a hair transplant. He is balding, of course, and he was considering getting a hair transplant this summer. I was supporting and told him that he should do it if that is what he desired! His next question was, “will I lose hair after a hair transplant?”
I am not currently suffering from hair loss (yet), but I wanted to know! The following article includes my research and what I learned after talking to a friend of mine, Dr. Matt Tahsini, who is a board-certified surgeon and an expert in the field of FUE hair transplant in Los Angeles.
To make way for new growth, hair that is transplanted will usually fall out within two to three weeks of your LA FUE transplant. These donor hairs will be transplanted in areas that you need coverage. When they fall out initially, the treated area will look as it did before getting a hair transplant in Los Angeles. Once the hair follicles finish going through the “stress” period and have settled in, you will typically start to notice new, thin hairs begin to appear in the transplant area.
By the end of the 9th month, you should have thicker hair that is about two to three inches long. Close to 75% of the donor hairs will be their ideal thickness and cover a lot more of the scalp by the end of the first year. The final results of the procedure will be evident by the end of the second year. This new hair growth will be resistant to DHT, and once the hair starts growing again, it will not fall out; however, you can still lose your original hair because it is not resistant to DHT.
In individuals with hair loss, you will usually notice that the top of their head is bald or beginning to thin while the hair on the lower scalp is intact. This is typically known as androgenetic alopecia or “male-pattern baldness.” Even though it is associated with men, women also have low levels of testosterone and can also suffer from androgenetic alopecia. When I went to Los Angeles Hair Institute, Dr. Matt Tahsini told me that hairs on the lower scalp are more resistant to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that causes hair loss. Testosterone is converted to DHT with the help of the enzyme Type II 5-alpha-reductase, which is found in the oil glands of the hair follicles.
As DHT is created, the hair follicle is damaged and begins to shrink, which causes hair loss. This process will continue if hormone levels remain the same, which is why doctors like Dr. Matt Tahsini from LA Hair Institute may recommend medication to decrease the risk of losing hair that was not transplanted. This will help decrease the need for future hair transplants in other areas.
Medications such as Propecia or Rogaine can slow hair loss progression and have been known to create new growth in some individuals. Propecia, or finasteride, is an oral prescription medication that blocks the action of Type II 5-alpha-reductase which lowers your level of DHT and decreases shrinking of hair follicles.
Rogaine is a topical over the counter medication and the reasons why Rogaine works are not completely understood. You can use these medications before and after your hair transplant in Los Angeles to ensure you lose the least possible amount of hair that is resistant to DHT.
Hairs found on the lower scalp are ideal donors for the best FUE hair transplant because they are more resistant to DHT. At LA Hair Institute, donor hair is taken from the lower scalp without surgery or stitches. Dr. Matt Tahsini carefully extracts donor hairs from the lower part of the scalp and transplants them into areas that need coverage. After your FUE hair transplant in Los Angeles, the donor hair initially falls out to allow for new growth.
This new hair will remain resistant to DHT and will not fall out. It will be your real hair, matching in color and consistency, and cut, dyed, shaved, or styled however you would like!
I want to thank Dr. Matt Tahsini for speaking with me and allowing me to use his information! Dr. Matt Tahsini from Los Angeles Hair Institute is highly skilled and will provide the best FUE hair transplant. Rewarded by 20 years of extensive training and hard work in the medical field, Dr. Tahsini is both a Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS) and a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). He has focused on perfecting FUE techniques to assist men and women. He and his coworkers are always willing to answer your questions and ensure you understand everything before your procedure. Come to LA Hair Institute for the best FUE hair transplant!