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Can Hair Transplantation Be Performed More Than Once?

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We know what a life-changing and confidence-boosting experience hair transplantation can be. However, if you had a hair transplant when you were very young, for example, in your twenties, you may notice that the initial balding areas gradually expand in the future. In this case, your hair in the transplanted area may still look thick and healthy, while the surrounding areas may lighten and thin out. Whatever the case, do not worry. Having more than one hair transplant is a normal and natural process.

What is Hair Transplantation?

Hair transplantation offers a natural and permanent solution to people suffering from hair loss and baldness. In hair transplantation, the patient’s own healthy hair is transplanted to the hair loss areas. This procedure is planned individually and performed by specialist doctors in a hospital environment. Our aim is to achieve a natural and permanent hair appearance. Hair transplantation gives the patient a natural appearance like their own hair.

Everything depends on how strong the hair follicles in the donor area are

The number of times you can have a hair transplant will of course depend on the amount of hair follicles to be used for hair transplantation. The hair follicles to be used in hair transplantation are usually located at the back of the head, at the ear level. This area is known as the “safe donor area” and contains strong hair follicles that grow strong hairs that are not affected by hormones and genetic factors that cause hair loss. During the first hair transplant, your doctor will remove hair follicles from this area and transfer them to the areas to be transplanted.

All people have a limited number of hair follicles, some of which are strong and some are weak. If there are few strong hair follicles or the donor area is small, a second hair transplant may not be beneficial. Our specialist doctors will advise you on this and will only perform a hair transplant if they think it will be successful.

If you want to have a second hair transplant, you are expected to have experienced one or more of the following issues:

  • Your hair density in the transplanted area is insufficient
  • Your transplanted hair is weak and falling out
  • Due to the so-called ‘shock hair loss’, your hair is constantly falling out and no new hair grows
  • You are not happy with your new hairline or your hair looks like it has been filled in
  • Hair transplant was not successful

Let’s take a look at each of these in more detail:

Hair Density

If your new hair looks sparser than your natural hair after the first hair transplant procedure, you may want to consider a second hair transplant. This is usually the natural result of transplanting healthy hair follicles from a small area at the back of the head to a larger area. Your doctor will explain to you during the first procedure that a second hair transplant will be necessary.

Hair from Weak Hair Follicles

Some patients who come to our clinic have not achieved the desired result due to weak hair follicles and seek advice for a second hair transplant. Hair follicles taken from unsafe donor sites may produce substandard results. Transferring these weak hair follicles from one place to another perpetuates the risk of hair loss. Our experienced doctors prefer strong hair follicles and care about ethical behavior. Transplanting too many hair follicles to one area can negatively affect success. Remember, safe and aesthetic results can be achieved with the right approach.

Hair that does not regrow after shock hair loss

Although the hair transplantation process is done as precisely as possible, the newly transplanted follicles may go through a process called ‘shock shedding’. This is because when delicate follicles are removed from the scalp and transplanted elsewhere, the scalp undergoes a ‘shock’ like trauma. This is completely normal and affects women more than men. Shock shedding is the process of the newly transplanted hair falling out within a week or two.

You may panic when you see your new hair, which you have been patiently waiting for hours to be transplanted, start to fall out. However, with minor exceptions, new hair will grow within a few months and these will be permanent.

It is very rare for new hair not to grow after shock hair loss, but if you are concerned, make an appointment to see your doctor again.

Hairline and Filling Appearance After Hair Transplant

A second hair transplant is usually preferred because patients are not satisfied with the hairline created in the first procedure. The incorrect determination of the hairline can lead to an unnatural appearance. A specialized doctor should create the hairline by taking the patient’s opinion into consideration. Hair transplantation does not completely solve general hair loss, but the new hair remains in place because they are genetically stronger. A second hair transplant can be used to correct areas of hair loss.

Failed Hair Transplant

You may have chosen a hair center without doing enough research and found yourself in the hands of a non-expert. You may have been lured by cheap prices, tempting advertisements or a luxurious-looking hair transplant center. If the hair transplant procedure has failed or the result is disappointing, our team can help you.