Hair Transplant Success Rate in India - Does It Work?

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Priyanka Sharma
Written by Rajath R Prabhu, last updated on 10 November 2022| min read
Hair Transplant Success Rate in India - Does It Work?

Quick Summary

  • Hair transplant is a safe and effective procedure that can help you regain a full head of hair.
  • The success rate of hair transplant in India is very high, with over 98% of patients achieving a natural-looking result.
  • Hair transplant is a permanent solution to hair loss, and the results can last for many years.

Ashamed of going out with friends because of a bald spot on your head? Not able to find a good match due to thinning hair? Well, you don't have to worry anymore. There is a solution for this issue, and it is hair transplant, which is easily accessible all across India. 

Not only is the surgery available everywhere, it also has a high success rate of 98%. This article will surely enlighten you on the subject and tell you more about the hair transplant success rate in India. 

Availability And Popularity Of Hair Transplant In India

A hair transplant is done to restore hair in the areas on the scalp with very little or no hair. There are multiple reasons for hair loss, the main one being ageing. Other causes include trauma or injury to the scalp. Such people choose hair transplant to get hair back on their heads. 

The success rate is an important factor that people consider before undergoing a hair transplant. High success rates encourage more people to get hair transplants done. India boasts a success rate of 98% in hair transplant. There is close to 30% growth in the number of people going for hair transplant as the importance of appearance is increasing. Men are more affected by hair loss. Increasing awareness about male grooming is prompting them to go for hair transplant. 

The easy availability of modern devices and technology is another force that drives the increase in hair transplants. A large number of services are today available at affordable prices. Safe procedures and a lack of any serious side effects are factors that make many opt for it without any fear. 

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Hair Transplant Success Rate In Males And Females

The baldness pattern is different in males and females. This results in the difference in the success rate of hair transplant between the genders. While the success rate in males is around 95 to 98%, it is between 85 to 95%  in females.

Factors Contributing to Success of Hair Transplant

Factors at the Hospital / Doctor Level

  1. Doctor's Qualification
    This cosmetic surgery needs a lot of expertise, and it is essential to find out correctly who will be doing the hair transplant. This means that you must choose and find a plastic surgeon who is qualified enough to perform the procedure successfully.  It is also necessary to get your baldness examined by the same doctor and seek advice regarding the type of procedure required. 
  2. Experience of the Surgeon
    Only those who are experienced in hair transplant will have a high hair transplant success rate. Those who do this surgery exclusively will know the risks related to the procedure and how to overcome them. These specialists must also be updated about the latest technologies and instruments. This is a way to ensure that your hair transplant is done in the most advanced manner, and the chances of failure are scarce. 
  3. Professionalism
    A hair transplant may require a lot of time, depending on the area to be transplanted and the availability of good hair follicles. Find out if the plastic surgeon performs multiple daily operations or just one. Someone who performs many surgeries in a day may try to finish each one quickly. Such specialists may also hand over the procedure to assistants or unqualified personnel to complete it. Choosing an expert who attends the surgery till the end is better. 
  4. Artistic Skills
    A hair transplant is not just about placing a few hairs on a bald head. The procedure's success is measured by how natural the grafted hair looks. Good hair transplant surgeons will place the grafts to match the facial profile and age of the patient. The graft's angle and direction should be so that the hair covers the maximum bald area and looks natural. It is one of the essential factors that decide the hair transplant success rate of the doctor. 
  5. Reputation
    The presence of most doctors on social media allows one to check their reputation quickly. A visit to the website can show the reviews left by previous patients. Reading through the reviews can tell you whether the doctor is well-reputed or not. Most doctors will also have pictures of people who have had the procedure done by them. You can see how the hair has grown and whether the appearance is attractive. It is also possible to read what the patients have gone through and whether they faced any difficulties during the surgery or not. 
  6. Physical Assessment
    Once you have identified the hospital and doctor where you would like to get the hair transplant done, it is very important to visit the place and meet the doctor. Most doctors offer a free first consultation and assessment. The visit will help you see how well the premises is kept and the behaviour of other staff in the facility. Talking to the doctor will also help to clear your doubts and make you prepared for the surgery. 

Factors at The Patient Level

  1. Care After Hair Transplant
    Another factor that decides the hair transplant success rate is the care that you take after the surgery. Hair transplant Infection is one of the side effects of post-surgery that can affect the success rate. So you must 
    1. Make sure to take antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicines as prescribed. 
    2. Keep the hair moist by using a head wash.
    3. Avoid rigorous workouts, direct sunlight and swimming for at least three weeks. 
    4. Avoid scratching the scalp till the grafts are stabilised. 
  2. Transplanted Hair Growth Is Not the Same For Everyone
    1. Hair growth after the surgery is not the same for everyone. The amount of healthy hair in the donor area, the extent of baldness and the patient's health influence the procedure's success. Those with fine, sparse and weak hair in the donor area can result in poor coverage and survival of the grafted hair.

Factors as per Technique Used

  1. Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) is chosen when the area to be transplanted is large. This procedure can give a success rate of close to 98 per cent. The factors that affect success in this method are the recipient area hair thickness, the donor site and the doctor’s skill and experience. 
  2. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method is ideal for small areas of transplant. This method has fewer side effects. This method has shown a success rate of 90 per cent in Delhi. One can ensure a success rate by choosing modern technology and an experienced doctor. 

Before and After Care For Better Success Rate In Hair Transplant

The success rate of a hair transplant can be affected by the care a patient takes before and after the surgery. 

  1. Before The Surgery
    1. Patients should stop the smoking habit at least two weeks before the surgery. 
    2. Those undergoing surgery must disclose all their medication to the specialist and stop those advised by the doctor.
    3. It is best not to have spicy food the night before surgery.
    4. Patients must wash their hair with shampoo two days before the procedure. 
    5. They must inform the about allergies to medicines to the doctor. 
  2. After The Surgery
    1. All antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicines must be taken as prescribed. 
    2. Keep the hair moist by using a head wash.
    3. Avoid rigorous workouts, direct sunlight and swimming for at least three weeks. 
    4. It would be best not to scratch the scalp until the grafts are stabilised. 


Getting a hair transplant is easy as the procedure is commonly available. The success rate of hair transplant is very high in India. With almost minimal side effects, there is cause for concern when undergoing this surgery. However, the success of the surgery depends on choosing the right surgeon for the procedure. 

A visit to the HexaHealth website can give you a list of the best doctors and facilities in your area. We can also help you with the paperwork for admission and insurance. Get in touch with a HexaHealth expert today!

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no shortage of hair transplant specialists in any city. The result of the operation depends on choosing the best surgeon in your city. HexaHealth can help you find the best specialists in your city. 

Hair transplant is highly successful in India. Almost 98% of those who have undergone surgery have reported complete satisfaction with the procedure. 

No procedure can be said to have achieved 100% success. This is the same with hair transplants too. There are numerous factors that can make the surgery fail. These factors include the selection of doctors, the patient's health and how they follow the care instructions given to them. 

A hair transplant is permanent. In most cases, the follicles will continue to grow hair till the person's lifetime. However, as the individual ages, the amount of hair produced by the follicles will drop.

A hair transplant is a very safe surgery in India with relatively very few complications. However, care must be taken to get the surgery done by a qualified and experienced doctor. Those who want to undergo the procedure must also follow the expert's advice as far as postoperative care is concerned. 

Hair transplants are usually successful. But there are cases when they have gone wrong. Some factors, like wrong hairline determination and unnatural density, have made transplants look bad. Both these can happen with an inexperienced surgeon. Another aspect that affects the success of a hair transplant is the lack of healthy follicles in the donor area. Not taking care of the hair after the procedure can also lead to hair transplant failure. 

The success rate of hair transplants in the country is 98%. When it comes to graft survival, up to 80% of the grafted hair will grow into healthy hair and remain there permanently. 

There are certain cases where the surgery doesn't work. It is not successful for those having widespread thinning and baldness. A hair transplant is not for those who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy. Those who have thick scalp scars cannot get a proper hair transplant. It is also not very successful for those with dormant hair follicles that no longer grow hair. 

A hair transplant is an effective therapy for baldness. In most people, up to 80% of the grafted hair grows well and remains there. The hair that grows after the surgery is like natural hair and can be styled in any way. It can also be dyed in the colour of your choice. 

Depending on the person, 10 - 80% of the grafted hair will grow fully within four months. 

Hair grafts generally last up to the lifetime of the person. However, the hair follicles will start producing fewer hairs as the person grows old, and his natural hair starts thinning. 

The hair in the donor area does grow back. Depending on the type of surgery done, it can take anywhere between three months and one year for it to grow fully. 

A hair transplant is permanent. This means that the hair will remain there for the person's lifetime. However, the production of new hair will start falling when the person's natural hair starts thinning. 

New grafts take about ten to fourteen days to become secure. It is essential to be extremely careful during this period and ensure that you don't damage the new grafts in any way. 

While there may be many doubts about the surgery in the minds of those who want to go ahead with it, the primary question is whether it is permanent or not. About 80% of all transplanted hair grows back fully within four months. The hair from the transplanted follicles will continue to grow for a long time. In most people, it grows till their lifetime. But as the person ages, the hair follicles produce fewer hairs than at the beginning. But they will keep producing hair at least till the person lives. 

Updated on : 10 November 2022

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational and learning purposes only. It doesn't cover every medical condition and might not be relevant to your personal situation. This information isn't medical advice, isn't meant for diagnosing any condition, and shouldn't replace talking to a certified medical or healthcare professional.


Dr. Priyanka Sharma

Dr. Priyanka Sharma

MBBS, DNB Plastic Surgery

14 Years Experience

Dr Priyanka Sharma is a well-known Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon associated with HealthPort Clinic in Delhi. She has 14 years of experience in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgery and worked as an expert Plastic,...View More


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