The primary objective of these operations was in letting the patient see the immediate results. Ultimately, this will be a temporary result as the transplanted hairs will drop out within the first month after the operation, and then, 2–3 months later, will start to grow again.
The emotional response of patients being able to see the immediate effect is a powerful stimulus for an operation of this kind, giving the chance to enhance the outcome.
But the possibility of seeing the resulting effect of hair transplantation in advance is not the only advantage of transplant of long hair. Transplantation of long hair causes many other technical, behavioral and communication changes which together open a door into an absolutely new world of hair transplantation.
Among many others, these changes include:
Immediate confirmation of the natural look of the transplanted hair, both for the doctor, and for the patient;
The postoperative period which is unnoticeable in comparison to standard hair transplant surgeries;
More exact determination of the final growth of the hair expressed in percentage;
More exact information exchange between doctors and patients concerning their expectations and actual results;
More precise determination of the ideal density of the transplanted hair in each individual case by the surgeon;
Increased capability of the patient to take part in the hair transplant process;
A more profound understanding by the patient of the nature of poor growth and situations of poor growth of hair;
Interactive definition of the ideal hair density;
An emphasis on the importance of preserving donor resources, which is necessary to achieve the maximum result.
Access to advanced technology is required to perform the transplant of long hair and only highly-skilled specialists can conduct these surgeries.
The length of the transplanted hair can begin at 2 cm and gradually increase.