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Deuxieme-greffe-12 1 October 2022

Second hair transplant: when is it necessary?

Lecture : 4 min. par Harmonie

Although hair surgery is a procedure that offers excellent results, some situations require a second hair transplant. A second hair transplant in Turkey is a safe hair transplant procedure, but several precautions must be taken. Find out when a second hair transplant is necessary and how to do it without compromising the donor area.

 In which cases is it possible or necessary to perform a second hair transplant?

In most cases, a single hair transplant is necessary to regain a thick, full head of hair. However, in certain situations, an additional procedure may be useful to add density to the hair and obtain a more natural result.

a man loses his hair, the possible cause: androgenetic alopecia

After the evolution of androgenetic alopecia

One of the main causes of the second hair transplant is the evolution of androgenetic alopecia. Indeed, hair transplantation can replace hair that has already fallen out, but it cannot prevent future baldness. Therefore, if the procedure is performed when hair loss has just begun and has not yet stabilized, you may need a second hair transplant surgery to fill in the areas where hair has continued to fall out.

This evolutionary factor should be considered when preparing your first hair transplant so that the donor area is preserved. Preservation of the donor area is essential to have new grafts available if the situation requires it.


a man with baldness on the top of the skull having undergone a hair transplant, androgenetic alopecia being irreversible it is possible that he will have to perform a second hair transplant

To complete a hair transplant already performed

For patients with an extensive bald area, a single procedure may not be sufficient. In some cases, the area of the scalp to be covered requires a vast number of grafts. Extracting many grafts in a single procedure can jeopardize the survival of the grafts. Therefore, the number of grafts to be transplanted per transplant is limited to a certain number so that the success of the hair transplant is not compromised.

A second hair transplant operation is then necessary to avoid overuse and to guarantee the patient a more natural and dense result. By using the appropriate hair transplant technique and entrusting it to the right clinic, overuse can easily be avoided, and excellent results can be obtained.

To correct a failed hair transplant

While having a hair transplant in Turkey can permanently correct the effects of hair loss, it can sometimes fail. There are several reasons why hair transplants may fail. This can happen when the donor area does not have enough grafts to cover the recipient area. It can also happen when the available grafts are of poor quality. To avoid a failed hair transplant, a preliminary study of the grafts in the donor area is essential. It must be performed by an experienced surgeon who has mastered the various techniques of hair extraction and transplantation.

a person suffering from stage 4 baldness on the Norwood-Hamilton scale

The success rate or success of a hair transplant is influenced by several factors. To ensure that the hair transplantation procedure produces the desired result, it is important to make the right choice of surgeon. In particular, it is recommended that you choose a hair transplant clinic known for the expertise and quality of its surgeons and medical team. Hair transplant clinics in Turkey are among the best in the world. For the most innovative and safest hair transplant treatments, turn to an expert medical tourism agency such as Body Expert.

A second hair restoration surgery is the best option to correct poor results caused by inexperienced doctors.

How long is it necessary to respect between two hair transplants

After a hair transplant, post-op care, recovery, and body recovery require time. Therefore a second hair transplant immediately after a first operation is not possible. It is necessary to wait at least 12 months before planning a second operation. This waiting period is justified by the need to wait for the healing process to take place and for the results to be properly observed. The second hair transplant can only be performed when the surgeon deems that the healing is complete and that the results of the second hair transplant can meet the patient’s requirements.

a diagram of a hair follicle

If hair loss continues after the first hair transplant, it is recommended to wait until it stabilizes. This will allow for the most optimal distribution of the grafts and the best long-term results.

How many hair transplants can I undergo at most?

There is no specific number of hair transplants that can be performed. The maximum number of hair transplants that can be performed is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, depending on the quality of the patient’s donor area and the number of grafts taken during each procedure. In general, one hair transplant is sufficient to obtain the desired result. For patients who have undergone a hair transplant with few grafts to treat baldness at the first signs, a second hair transplant a few years later may be necessary.

The importance of donor area management

The donor area is located at the back of the skull. This area does not suffer from hair loss because of its resistance to the hormone DHT, which is responsible for androgenetic alopecia. The hair in this area is therefore not genetically programmed to fall out. The follicles of the donor area re-implanted in the front hairline are not affected by this hormone and will not fall out in the future either.

The donor area does not have an inexhaustible supply. Once extracted, the follicles do not grow back in the donor area. However, this hair loss remains undetectable when the extraction is well done, in a reasoned and homogeneous way.

Each hair follicle counts, which is why its intelligent management is essential. To benefit from a hair transplant for men or women, having a quality donor area is a sine qua non condition. Also, respecting the advice given by the surgeon after the operation plays an important role in the good health of the donor area after a transplant. Respecting the post-operative rules is essential to avoid a failed hair transplant and the need for a second hair transplant.

Whether it is an FUE hair transplant, a manual FUE hair transplant, a DHI hair transplant, a Regenera Activa Hair Transplant, or a women’s hair transplant, the procedure requires real expertise and experience on the part of the doctor to guarantee the optimal patient results of hair transplant and perfect management of the donor area.

Our patients have performed a second hair transplant, they testify

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