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 39

How Long Does Hair Growth Take After a Hair Transplant

New hair growth will only break through the skin at three to four months after the procedure. However, it will take at least six to eight months for the new hair to make any significant cosmetic difference to your appearance.
Although a full result may take as long as 18 months to be achieved, most will attain this at 12 to 14 months. Sometimes, a result may take longer to show when working with scars or filling in a previously transplanted area.
I usually take the first post op review around 8 months, and explain that this is phase 1, and review again for a near full result at 1 year. There are many factors that can make the growth come sooner or much later, and patience is extremely important!

Manchester Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Hair Growth post Neograft Hair Transplant

The rate of hair growth after transplantation varies from patient to patient. Some patients see small growth as soon as 3-5 months, however, most will begin to see growth around the 6-7 month mark. On average, patients see full growth anywhere from 12-18 months post procedure. There is a 98% success rate of those hairs growing after transplanted. 

David L. Robbins, MD, FACS
West Des Moines Plastic Surgeon
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Hair growth after hair transplanting

The hair 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
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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 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 regrowth

All hair grows in cycles and the longest cycle is the dormant (telogen) phase.

All hairs go thru a 'shock' phase and are lost after transplant -- or nearly all.

Beyond that, the regrowth happens according to the individual hair follicle's normal growth phase. It can take up to 12-18 months for the 'normal' growth cycle to be re-established, though, with most of it happening within 9-12 months.

Kirk Moore, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
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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
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Expect 6 Months

Generally it takes up to 6 months for the hair to start to grow but full results may not be seen until around 12 months. In a small percentage of people this could be up to 18 months

Hassan Nurein, MD
London Hair Restoration Surgeon
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It may take a full year

It may take a full year to see results after surgery.  If you are concerned follow up with your doctor for a recheck.  Some hairs may grow out faster than others.  

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Hair transplant growth cycles after transplantation

The hair grafts taken from the donor site along the back of your head are cycling through their growth cycle - much as they would in their original positions in your scalp. Some hairs have become dormant, and will resume growth in several months. Some hairs are in an active growth phase. Plan on waiting at least another 6-9 months before evaluating your result as 'final'.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.