Vellus Hair In Transplanted Recipient Site.

If 17 month post op patient has had (from transplant) vellus hair (no growth) for 4 months in transplant recipient area, is it possible hair will never reach terminal status?

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4 months vellus hair transplant

I don't understand how you could have had an exclusive vellus hair transplant. Please explain further


Los Angeles Hair Restoration 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

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Will vellus hair turn into terminal hair 17 months post op?

It is highly unlikely that a vellus hair will turn into a terminal hair 17 months after a procedure.  While you may see an occasional hair grow 18 months after a procedure, most of the hair will grow by 8 to 12 months.  It is exceedingly uncommon to see new hair growth after 18 months.  The good news is that with sonicated PRP we are seeing up to 80% growth from the grafts at 3 1/2 months.

John P. Cole, MD
Atlanta Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Villus hair growth 17 months after a hair transplant

onyx54,Wish that you provided high resolution before and after pictures. Hair transplants take time to grow out. Sturdies and personal experience show that most growth takes place between 4-12 months post surgery but there can be some further maturation with thickening of results between 12-18 months post hair transplant.
All the best, 
Bernardino A. Arocha, MD

Bernardino Arocha, MD
Houston Hair Restoration Surgeon
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