Hair Growth After Hair Transplant

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!

Doctor Answers 46

Hair transplant growth timeline

There are several phases to hair growth

  1. Dormant period (0-4 months):  The transplanted hairs shed their original hairs.  Typically no hair growth is seen at this time.
  2. Emergent period ( 4-8 months):  The new hairs gradually appear. For most patients 80% of the hairs emerge by 8 months.  Crown hairs can be the slowest to appear.  These new hairs will often be fine.
  3. Maturation (8-12 months):  The new hairs thicken.  Frizzy haired patients may have frizzier hair for a few months.  

Hair Growth After Hair Transplant

Fat tissue obtained from own body of the patient is processed and enriched from adipose tissue derived stem cells with the Cihantimur Fat Transfer Technique which uses closed circuit system. The recipient area that the “Organic Hair Transplantation” will be performed is sterilized and the mixture containing adipose tissue derived stem cells is injected to the area. The volume of the scalp is increased and nutrition process begins. Meanwhile hair grafts are extracted from the donor site with use of micro bistoury.

The extracted hair grafts then classified according to their types and prepared for the transplantation process. In order to get the most natural result the angles of the hair canals are determined precisely. The donor site is dressed after the “Organic Hair Transplantation” process is completed which will be removed the following day. The recipient area is left as open.

Bulent Cihantimur, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 89 reviews

Hair Growth After Hair Transplant

Thank you for your question. Surgical hair restoration transfers your own hair follicles from a donor site to a recipient site. Following the hair transplant procedure, the transplanted hairs 'fall out' in most cases by 2-3 weeks. Note that although the hair shafts are not present at this point, the hair follicle itself remains intact. New hair growth is not evident until about 3-4 months. Final results are visible by 12-18 months.

James M. Pearson, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

6 Months Post Surgery

At this point, your best bet is to continue following post-surgery instructions and keep in close touch with your surgeon.  Generally, it can take up to 12-18 months to see final results.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 103 reviews

What is average Hair growth after hair transplanting

It depends on where in the cycle of growth each follicle is. The hair that is implanted goes through its intrinsic cycle of growth. The growth starts after three months and Usually it will take up to one year, but it may vary for each person. after hair transplant surgery, the hair has to go through its normal cycle of growth. Each hair follicle has its own cycle.   Depending on the it's position in its cycle, once implanted it will go through its cycle and therefore grows in accordingly.  So normally gradually the hair starts to grow in.  Around six months, about fifty percent of the hair would grow in, and continue to grow to up to 18 months after the procedure.  As it is starting to come in there is a stage when the hair growth looks kind of awkward, at that stage you just have to be patient.

Michael Meshkin, MD
Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Hair Growth After Hair Transplant. #NeoGraft #results

Thank you for your question!  Hair growth after transplantation requires patience.  It may be that even at the 6 month post operative point, the appearance of the result is not what you expected.  There are some patients that take longer to see results and is the reason why so many of the transplant surgeons stress waiting a good year before arriving at any conclusions as to the success of your procedure. 

Hair Growth after Hair Restoration Surgery

It may take up to a full year to attain the final appearance following hair restoration surgery. Immediately after surgery some or many of the grafts may go into a sleep state, what is called a telogen phase. These hairs are shed and then it may take up to 3-4 months for the new hairs to start growing (so long as there are no complications). By the time these hairs have grown out to a cosmetically important length it may be 12 months after the surgery. If you don't get the density you were expecting, talk to the surgeon. If you have any doubts after that, seek a second opinion.

Andrew Kaufman, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 15 reviews


give it to 12 months and then seek someone who can apply appropriate math to achieve the correct density.

Peter Malouf, DO
Dallas Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 87 reviews

Hair Growth after Hair Transplant.

What you are experiencing is totally normal.  The transplanted follicles will shed their hairs and then go dormant.  After 6 months, they begin to wake up and you will see new hair growth that will continue through the first year.  Hang in there!

Lawrence Broder, MD
Cedar Park Family Physician
4.7 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Results after FUE

I'm sure you've heard a resounding theme in all the answers. You have to wait, which I know is hard. You're just entering the telogen phase which begins at 4 months. The transplanted hairs will take time to grow as they follow their natural growth and shedding pattern, which is why growth of transplanted hairs may even be patchy. I would wait until 12-16 months and if you find that you're still not getting adequate growth contact your hair transplant specialist or another MD for a second opinion. Best of luck.

Amir Yazdan, MD
Irvine Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

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