When would I see results with an FUE? Not just growth, but actual noticeable results.

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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.


Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Surgical Results Timeline

Good morning.

Great question. There is no clinical difference in hair growth after a procedure is performed with either STRIP or FUE donor harvesting.  After transplantation, the hair follicle falls out at about 2-4 weeks.  It may take between 6 to 12 months after the procedure before the transplanted hair follicles grows. Results will vary from one patient to another, and it may take up to to 18 months for the hair follicle to grow.

Patients may begin Low Laser Light Therapy immediately after surgery and restart Rogain in 2-4 weeks after healing of the scalp. I recommend to continue to use DHT inhibiters like Finasteride immediately before and after surgery.  I advocate to patients High Density Platelet Rich Plasma (HD-PRP) for regenerative treatment to stimulate the follicles that are dormant, or to stimulate hair follicles that remain in an extended Telogen rest phase.

Results after Transplant

FUE transplant results generally begin being noticeable within 6 months as for complete results take 1 year.

John Kahen, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Growth of hair after a hair transplant

You must wait it out for at least 5-6 months to see the growth start and 8 months for 80% of the growth to show up

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Hair Transplant Results

Typically, patients will start to see noticeable results within 6 months. At about 6 months, 60% - 70% of the final result will be visible.  Remember, however, that it takes some time for the hair shafts to grow the length of the rest of the hairs if they are longer.  By 1 year, about 80% - 85% of the results should be noticeable, and by 1.5 years after surgery, most patients will obtain 100% of the expected results. 

Steven Gabel, MD, FACS
Portland Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Fue growth

You can plan on seeing the beginnings of new growth at around 3-5 months.  As time passes and more grafts enter the growth cycle, the hair will become thicker and more robust.  Full results can be expected by approximately 1 year.

Scott K. Thompson, MD
Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What to expect ?

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. In some cases, this can take up to 18 months. This is especially common in female patients. The transplanted hairs will continue to gain length over time.

Ilker Apaydin, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
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Results for FUE

Generally 3 months after the procedure you should see some grafts growing in. After 6 months the growth should be greater and it takes a full year to see full results. 

Amir Yazdan, MD
Irvine Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Real growth after hair transplant

There is growth between 4 to 8 months with full result noted after 10 to 12 months. Results may vary.

Parsa Mohebi, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
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