Hair transplant 4 months ago. Growth has started but one site appears to be growing faster and denser than the other. (photos)

4 months after a hair transplant to fill in temple areas. All seems to be going well but one temple side appears to be growing more and denser then the other. After the transplant the density appeared to be the same up until the sheding of the transplanted hair. After about 2.5/3 months the hair started to sprout through but now at 4 months there is substantial growth but one site far more then the other. My surgeon has said its still to early to say but feeling a little unsure.

Doctor Answers 6

Are different rates of hair growth normal after a hair transplant?

Although you should expect to see some new hair growth after a hair transplant at 3-4 months, this can vary and when two sides have been done, there can be different growth rates.

You should wait until about 8 months after the transplant to judge the early results but even then, it can take another 8-10 months before you can definitively assess the final result

Be patient but if, after 18 months, there is still an obvious difference in density between the two sides then your surgeon should be willing to fix this for you. 


London Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Hair Growth Timeline

It actually is looking pretty good so far! You typically won't be able to judge the results in any way until between six to nine months. It is also quite common to see one side growing faster then the other side. 

I would agree with your surgeon that it is still too early to tell. 

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Growth of hair transplant

It is not unusual that the growth of a hair transplant will be faster on one side of the head when compared to the other. It looks good!

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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4 months post op

Transplanted hairs start to visibly regrow between months 4-6. At month 6-9, a patient may expect to see growth for  80% of the transplants. Again, due to the random cycle of hair growth, not all grafts will start growing at the same time. Initially, the hair my be thinner and finer. It will gain length and density as it matures. Full growth from the transplants is usually achieved at 12 months. 

All the best 

Ilker Apaydin, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
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It can take 6 to 12 months after surgery to see results. If you are concerned it is best to contact your doctor

It can take 6 to 12 months after surgery to see results.  If you are concerned it is best to contact your doctor.  One side may grow faster than the other but it will likely even out.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 85 reviews

Your surgeon is right -- it's too early to tell

You really can't start judging your result for 9-12 months after the procedure.  Not all hairs grow on the same cycle so some of the transplanted grafts just may need to "wake up." Give it time.

Robert S. Houser, DO
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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