I had a hair transplant of about 2,600 follicular unit extraction (FUE) grafts Nov 08. New hair is now visible in the frontal area, but it is sparse and I'm unhappy with the looks. Though most of the grafts were put in the frontal area of head, I had quite a few in the vertex area too, where so far I haven't seen any growth or changes. I'm now near the 6th month after surgery. What can I expect from this point on? What are my chances of having further improvement? Thanks!
Hair Growth After Hair Transplant
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Patience after Transplantation
The benefit of the gradual growth of the transplanted hair is that there is not an immediate, dramatic transformation in your appearance which would be obvious to others that you had a procedure performed.
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Most Hair Growth After a Transplant Occurs Between 6 to 12 Months
Some hairs can grow between 3 to 4 months but 75% of my patients have almost nothing then. Most hair starts to grow at 6 months with ongoing improvement between 6 to 12 months. A few of my patients do not see appreciable growth until 9 months. This is less likely but possible. Although you must ask your physician, check out my video to understand how hair grows after a hair transplant procedure with me.
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Expected Hair Growth After a Hair Transplant
Hair Growth Post Transplant can be categorized briefly into three phases
Catogen, Telogen and Anagen-
a) 0-1 month Post Transplant (Catogen Phase)
Typically 95% of transplanted hairs go through a brief Catogen phase where the newly transplanted short hairs (but NOT the actual hair follicles themselves where the growth occurs) are shed and fall out.
b) 1-4 months Post Transplant (Telogen Phase)
Newly transplanted hair follicles remain dormant anywhere between 1-4 months re-vascularizing and preparing themselves for the growth phase
c) 4-6 months (12 months Max Post Transplant) Anagen phase
Follicles will again begin to grow new hairs which will last anywhere from 2-6 years depending upon ones genetics prior to again cycling through the above phases.
Dr Quinton Chivers MD FRCSC
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Hair growth after hair transplantation
We expect 70-80% hair growth at 6 months
Hair growth after hair transplant
Be patient for now, it will get better. All the best.
Hair growth after restoration
One of the most difficult parts of a hair restoration procedure is waiting. It can take many months for you to notice any growth from the transplanted follicles and even then they will be so short that they will contribute absolutely nothing to the fullness or thickness of the hair in that area. It really may not be until a full year after the procedure that you notice the true results of your procedure. Between years one and two you will still notice improvement and thickening. Don't give up hope. There are still many changes to come.
More time is needed
Consider non surgical methods such as Rogaine for now. There are many methods of hair transplantation. Wanted them RFUE and another can be a surgical flap. Grafts can be taken with as few as one hair follicle or multiple follicles. The quality of the hair, the number of follicles per unit and the location in which the hair is to be placed are all important determinants in the final result. While it is a common misconception that hair can and should be taken from any location, taking appropriate hair from an appropriate location is key to success. For instance, one cannot always use hair from a beard to replace a frontal hairline. The orientation in which Harris placed is also important. If the frontal hairline is being created then it is important to make sure that hairs are aligned in the correct orientation. The way the hair is also laid down, for example a staggered pattern versus a straight line will also change the quality of the result. You should certainly visit with a surgeon who does many of these types of transplantations as well as offers multiple options for hair restoration. The cost can vary by geographic locale. In general they can arrange from $7000-$25,000. When you go over consultation ask for before and after photographs.
Hair Growth Improves Over Time
The earliest that we would expect to see some hair growth is 3 months post–op. Hair grows about 1 cm per month, so it takes an additional year for those earliest hairs to get almost 5 inches in length (15 months post-op ). Each month there are more and more hairs coming in and joining that initial growth, creating greater density. As the hair grows it also increases in diameter so there is additionally increased volume of hair as well as increased numbers. All of this results in increased coverage. This all means that it will take a minimum of 1 year to have a good idea of what kind of coverage you will get from your procedure.
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