How Much Hair is Growing in by 3 Months After a Hair Transplant?

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Hair growth after hair transplants.

It usually takes 3-4 months for the hair to start to grow. It then grows at a rate of about 1/4 inch per month. So it takes about 9-12 months to get the cosmetic benefit for the FIRST session of grafts. That is one of the many reasons  why some patients prefer the Fleming-Mayer Flap.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hair transplant growth time line

Your hair will start growing at 3-4 months. (10-20%)

At 6 months you will see about 50% of the growth

At 8 months you will see about 80% of the growth.

The final result is 12-18 months.

3 months after a hair transplant

Some people grow instantly but this is unusual, most people start growing their new hair somewhere between the 3-6th months and by the 8th months 80% of the hair will show

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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New growth usually is just beginning 3 to 4 months after a hair transplant

Thanks for your question. Any hair transplant patient must be willing to make a time commitment before realizing their dream of new hair growth. After a hair transplant, the new growth will generally begin in 3 to 4 months, but it can take a year or more to see full results. 

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You wont see much in 3 months (usually)

You will lose your transplanted hair as well as some of your native hair weeks after surgery. You may look
worse before it starts to look better. It may take 6 to 12 months to see the results of a hair transplant

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FUE Hair Transplant Results and Growth

Every person is different. With FUE hair transplant, you can typically expect to see new growth by the fourth month, definitely by six months. Your transplanted hair should reach maximum maturity and thickness by 18 months.

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Hair Growth after Hair Transplant Varies.

Each patient’s healing time and hair growth after hair transplant surgery varies depending on his or her situation and lifestyle. After entering a rest phase, some hair growth begins for some as early as the second month, but most patients really don't notice these short, wispy hairs until the fourth or fifth month after surgery.   Most patients begin to see satisfactory hair density and coverage after about 6 months, sometimes longer; but full regrowth should not be expected until close to a year after surgery.

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Hair Transplantation

Depending on the density of the donor site hairs and the length and width of the donor skin that will be used for obtaining the follicular grafts, you may have pretty good density to  your  hair transplant.  Approximately 90 to 95% of the  grafts could survive after the procedure is performed.  This should all be discussed with a qualified Hair Transplant Surgeon.


Good luck to you.


Frank Rieger M.D.  Plastic Surgeon who performs Hair Transplantation

Hair Growth after Transplant

Typically, most patients start to see a small amount of growth at 3 months but a year is when we evaluate the transplant.  Good luck!

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Several things can accelerate hair growth after a transplant

After a hair transplant, several things can accelerate the growth of new hair.  Minoxidil (Rogaine) is one thing that many surgeons use to assist in taking the dormant  hair out of its resting phase (telogen). Red laser light may also be of assistance, and its molecular effects are well documented.  Finestaride (propecia) is also helpful, but there are currently questions regarding prostate cancer.  We like our patients to undergo mild hyperbaric oxygen treatment initially as the hair grafts are "free grafts" and oxygenation of the serum and blood can assist the grafts to take.  

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