Do Hair Transplants Thin Over Time?

2/4/2021 10:09:00 PM

do hair transplants thin over timeIf you research hair transplants long enough, you'll undoubtedly come across a few articles, posts, or even videos telling you that hair transplants thin over time. They warn you that hair transplants are not a permanent solution to hair loss, and that is when they conveniently tell you about some magic pill that not only stops hair loss but regrows all your hair. Here's the real kicker, it's NATURAL! We're not going to sell you any useless vitamins, bogus pills, or even hair transplants. We're going to give you the truth. 

Nothing Lasts Forever

As the late Robert Frost once said, 'nothing gold can stay.' We're all getting older. No matter what we do, no matter what we eat, aging is inevitable. As our bodies age, our cells work slower. For example, skin cells live a short time, but cells do not get replaced quickly when you get older. Your skin becomes less elastic, fatty tissue beneath the skin decreases, and your skin thins out. 

A similar process occurs with your hair, and this goes for everybody, not just people who've had hair transplants. If we live long enough, we will all experience involutional alopecia. Involutional alopecia is the gradual thinning of hair with age. 

Hair follicles have three cycles:

*anagen (growth phase) 

*catagen (transitional phase)

*telogen (resting phase)

When you're young, around 90% of the hair on your head is in the anagen (growth) phase. As you get older, more of your hair will enter the telogen (resting) phase. Hair follicles stay active on your scalp between 2-7 years- this allows you to grow long hair. However, as you get older, the hair follicle's lifespan shortens. All of these factors contribute to a thinning appearance. Again, this will happen to every person, including men and women, without androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss).

Transplanted Hair is Not Affected by DHT

There are several types of hair loss, but the most common form and the one that is treated with surgical hair restoration is called androgenic alopecia, or hereditary hair loss. If you have genetic hair loss, you have hair follicles on your scalp susceptible to the androgen called DHT. DHT binds to androgen receptors in these vulnerable hair follicles and gradually begins to shrink the hair follicles until they stop growing- this process is called miniaturization. 

A portion of hair on the back and sides of the scalp is not affected by DHT. Now, the pattern may vary, as there are varying degrees of hair loss. But even in the most extreme hair loss, a band of hair is not thin or bald. The hair on the back and sides of the scalp is called the donor zone. Hair transplant surgeons harvest the hair from this zone and transplant it to the balding area. 

Consulting with Physicians is VITAL

As previously mentioned, there are different forms of hair loss, and there is a form of genetic hair loss that affects the entire scalp. Diffuse Unpatterned Alopecia (DUPA) affects the entire scalp. If you have DUPA and receive a hair transplant, the transplanted hair could thin out in a short period of time. A proper examination is necessary to rule out the possibility of DUPA. Please don't waste your money on trichologists; they are not doctors. 

The great thing about the internet is you don't have to leave your house to get a proper examination. Now, you can submit multiple consultation requests to several physicians at a time to get a proper consultation. The good thing about online consultations is they're free, so you lose nothing. If you want a free online consultation by hair transplant surgeons approved by our community of patients, click HERE


If you go to a quality hair transplant surgeon, the transplanted hair will be permanent. However, nobody on earth will live forever; as we reach our senior years, the hair will get thinner. But that is true for everyone. So the answer to the question do hair transplants thin over time? Yes, but not because they are affected by DHT. I will leave you with one last piece of valuable information, look up real reviews before choosing a surgeon. I'm not talking about those Google reviews that anyone can write. I'm talking about the reviews you see on the hair restoration network forum, hair transplant reviews that show the gradual progression of the hair transplant from start to finish. You can't fake those reviews. 


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    Melvin is an Associate Publisher and Forum Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network and the Hair Loss Learning Center. He is a 3-time hair transplant patient, having received over 5,000 grafts via FUE. He has thousands of helpful posts on the popular hair restoration network discussion forum. Melvin writes articles, moderates the hair loss forum, and creates YouTube videos for the Hair Transplant Network YouTube channel. View Melvin's impressive hair transplant journey HERE.