Can A Hair Transplant Be Done Twice?

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Can A Hair Transplant Be Done Twice

Can A Hair Transplant Be Done Twice?

Can A Hair Transplant Be Done Twice
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

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Are you concerned that you will only have one bite of the cherry if your hair loss continues after hair transplant surgery?

Sometimes a second surgery is necessary to thicken the hairs that have already been transplanted. It is possible to perform a second hair transplantation in the same area as a previous transplant.

Can you get a hair transplant twice?

Yes, It may be part of your surgical treatment plan. Hair transplants are quite intense procedures for the recipient and the surgeon. Imagine transplanting thousands of tiny hairs at one time. It’s almost impossible.

For some recipients, there is no option but to have a second transplant procedure to achieve the desired results.

So, when the healing process is well underway, you may need to return for your subsequent surgery. Of course, this depends on how you feel with transplant surgery and if you desire your hair to become thicker in appearance.

In some cases, transplant recipients return years later for a top-up procedure. This requires the same harvesting of hairs and small incisions being made to perform the surgery.

The good thing about having a second hair transplant surgery is knowing what to expect and how to take care of your transplanted follicles post-surgery.

Will I need a second hair transplant?

There are no hard and fast rules, so it’s difficult to comment on an individual rate of hair loss. If you do need a second hair transplant, it will typically occur in 3 to 10 years.

If you take care of your hair transplants and follow the guidelines, there is no reason why a hair transplant cannot last a lifetime.

You can increase the possibilities of retaining your hair by taking hair loss prevention drugs such as Finasteride. Finasteride will maintain your hair by blocking the hormones responsible for your hair loss.

It’s an easy drug to take and has very few side effects on most folks who take it.

However, there is nothing to worry about, and you can have a second procedure should you wish.

Hair transplant technology and techniques are advancing at a rapid pace, so if you had a hair transplant surgery ten years ago, you could expect a much more gentle experience this time around.

How soon can I get a second hair transplant? 

As soon as your hair starts to grow from your first or previous hair transplant surgery.

There is a reason to wait for the hair regrowth to take place. The surgeon will be able to identify best if the grafts are close to each other. If the surgeon places the new hair graft on top of another, causing a tuft, it will not look natural.

The ideal time depends on how quickly you heal. On average, a hair transplant surgeon would want to see you for a second transplant after 12 months of the initial transplant.

A proper assessment can be undertaken to improve the initial hair transplant procedure best by waiting this amount of time.

A good hair transplant surgeon has a vested interest in making your hair look natural. You will recommend him, and he can maintain his reputation.

How many times can you have a hair transplant?

This is a decision between you, the patient and your hair transplant surgeon.

The deciding factor may come down to do you have enough hairs to harvest? On average, a surgeon will harvest two thousand hair follicles to be grafted into the receiving site on your scalp during surgery.

If you can not realistically harvest enough hairs for transplant, this will be the deciding factor of how many times you can get a hair transplant.

It is acceptable to have four or more surgeries if you have enough hair follicles to be harvested for transplant.

How many hair transplants can you get fue?

Follicular unit extraction FUE is a tried and tested successful hair transplant technique. In a mega session, you may have around 4000 hair grafts in your scalp, and this is a vast amount of hair grafting and will give incredible results.

Like all other hair grafts, FUE relies on the quality and quantity of available hair follicles that can be grafted. If you have thin hair on the back of your head, you may only be able to receive one surgery.

If you have thick hair on the back of your scalp, then you are in luck. You can keep receiving hair transplants using FUE, and you may be able to receive up to five or six surgeries.

However, the hair transplant surgeon does not want to cure one problem and cause another. In all cases, the amount of hair transplant surgeries is dependent on the donor site’s ability to withstand multiple harvests of hair follicles while retaining a natural appearance.

Do hair transplants fall out again?

Yes, they can fall out. Your hair transplant is your natural hair and will be exposed to environmental conditions and biological conditions, both can result in hair loss.

You will need to follow the protocols for taking care of your newly grafted hair follicles for the very best outcome from hair transplant surgery.

During the first six months, you may experience an alarming amount of hair fall, and this is normal and nothing to worry about.

The truth is some of you are predisposed to hair loss, and you will need to take preventative messages to keep your hair from falling out.

Proper maintenance and moisturising of your scalp are going to help but control the hormone dihydrotestosterone. This hormone is also known as DHT and causes men to lose their hair!

If you experience massive hair loss, you can take Finasteride as an emergency to prevent further hair loss. Your surgeon may suggest the long term use of Finasteride to enable you to keep your hair.

Top 5 Reasons to go abroad for a Hair Transplant

1. Save at least 60% on the cost

A hair transplant in Europe is at least 60% cheaper than in the UK. And most packages are all inclusive, including your accommodation and airport transfers.

2. Europe has some of the most experienced surgeons in the world

Europe has more clinics, which have been established and running for much longer than clinics in the UK. The price is also lower, making it more accessible for people.

Surgeons in Europe will have carried out hundreds, if not thousands more procedures than UK based surgeons. Because of this some UK clinics will bring in surgeons from Europe to carry out your procedure.

3. Hair restoration clinics in Europe are state or the art

Many facilities in Europe are dedicated hair restoration clinics. They only perform that type of treatment. As such all equipment, facilities, techniques and staff are specialists in hair restoration. 

Hair restoration is only now becoming more popular in the UK, so many UK clinics are general cosmetic facilities that carry out various procedures.

4. Get even more value by making your transplant into a holiday

Europe is such a popular holiday destination for many reasons, the culture, history, sights, cuisine, shopping, great weather, your money goes further, it’s widely English speaking, and it’s just 2 or 3 hours away by plane. 

The list goes on! So why not travel a few days earlier, grab a low cost Airbnb or hotel, take a friend or partner and enjoy the city for a few days before your transplant.

5. Hassle free process

It’s so easy to get an assessment and price. Contact the clinic, arrange an initial consultation in the UK with your surgeon, or do an online consultation by sending a few pictures and answering some basic questions. 

Once you’re happy, pick a date and you’re done! The clinic will send you all the paperwork and itinerary so you know exactly what’s happening. You don’t pay until you go for treatment. 

You just hop on the plane. A transfer car will meet you as you get off the plane and take you to the clinic. It’s such an easy process. Easy!

Top 5 Hair Transplant Tips

1. Know your post-op timeline – The key dates!

  • You need to take the upmost care in the first 7 days
  • You can leave the house after 7 days, but I advise you take at least 2 weeks off work.
  • You won’t be able to wear a hat or exercise for up to 4 weeks after.
  • Around 2 – 4 weeks your new hair will fall out, you’ll look a little red and sore – similar to sunburn.
  • Around 4 months your new hair starts growing and looking good.
  • By 6 months you can’t tell you’ve had a transplant.
You can get a haircut after the first month, or you can keep it short yourself with clippers until it starts to grow back.

2. Pick the right time to schedule your treatment

Good clinics will be busy, so you may have to wait 2 months to get an appointment – this is a good thing. So knowing that and knowing your post-op timeline (above) means you can plan the perfect time around your social or work calendar. 

If you have important social events coming up, particularly if you know you’ll be photographed then you may plan your transplant 6 months in advance, or wait until your calendar is free.

3. Set your expectations

If your hair has receded at the front you’ll want the clinic to draw an expected hairline on your head or on pictures of you as soon as possible. They’ll then also talk about the number of grafts or hairs you’ll need and how thick the result will look. 

The sooner you can establish this, the sooner you’ll know exactly what to expect. A good clinic will also take into consideration a natural looking hair line for your age and your face and head shape. Have an honest conversation and be open to their expert feedback.

4. Knowing what the journey home looks like

There’s no way around it, you’ll have to go out in public to travel home. The worst part is sitting at the airport for 2 hours or so whilst you wait for your plane. 

I found it was best to embrace it. People are nice for the most part and won’t stare, and if one or two do who cares – you will never see those people again! You may even be at the airport with other transplant patients, I wasn’t the only one! 

Take a travel pillow and have someone pick you up if possible, so you can exit swiftly and get back home as soon as possible. It’s natural to be self-conscious, but it’s over fast and well worth it.

Tip! Just take carry-on luggage to keep your check-in and wait time down.

5. Choosing the right clinic

  • Pick somewhere you can travel to and from easily
  • Check their reviews online, not just on their site!
  • Do they have a good quality website and professional looking emails?
  • Can you see actual case studies of previous patients online?
  • Do they have an address? Can you see it on Google street view?
  • Can you meet your surgeon for a consultation beforehand?
  • Do you know someone who’s been there before – first hand opinion is amazing!
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

Do you want to keep your hair without surgery? I get it … surgery can be expensive and frightening. Although it’s the most effective solution when things go bad and it helped me, you still experience some discomfort and have to take some time off from work.

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