It’s pretty grim when a hair restoration treatment results in less hair than what you started with. How can this happen? It has everything to do with follicle (hair) survival rate. We often hear the term “success rate” with hair transplants, but the “success rate” is often very misleading. If we think of “success” as future hair growth, then virtually everyone will have “success” as at least some of the implanted hairs will continue to grow.
What is more pertinent to know is the follicle “survival rate” which is the number of transplanted hairs that survive, to produce permanent hair growth.
Success vs Survival Rates
Why is the hair or follicle survival rate so important in a hair transplant? Let's look at an example; say you need 4,000 hairs to correct your hair loss. If the procedure has a high survival rate (e.g. 95%), your surgeon would transplant around 4,200 hairs. Another clinic may tell you that you need 5,500 hairs for the same procedure. Getting “more for your money” may feel like a better deal, however if only 60% of them survive, you end up with just 3,300 hairs that will continue to grow. This is less than the 4,000 that you needed to correct the hair loss and you have 2,200 less hairs than what you started with!
Each of us has a limited number of available donor hairs, so it is important not to over-harvest your lifetime 'bank' of donor hair follicles in your first hair transplant session. It is critical to consider survival rate over success rate when weighing up hair transplant options.
Why DHI Has Industry Leading Survival Rates
Direct Hair Implantation is the most refined hair transplant technique, consistently achieving over 95% follicle survival rate. To achieve highest follicle survival rates, DHI microsurgery involves:
- Minimum handling of the follicles.
- Hairs are kept in a special growth solution (HypothermosolTM) while waiting to be transplanted.
- Hairs are never divided as this could cause trauma.
- All procedures are completed from start to finish by our highly experienced doctors who are trained and certified by the London Hair Restoration Academy.
Not only does the DHI technique achieve the highest follicle survival rates, we are the only clinic in Australia to guarantee natural results.
Book Your Consultation
For personalised hair restoration information, to find out how many hairs you will need for a natural result, and to have all of your questions answered, book a consultation with a DHI hair restoration expert. Simply click on one of the buttons below to book a consultation online or ask a question. Alternatively, you can call us on 1300 787 563.