Will my extracted hair from a transplant grow back or even out eventually? (photo)

Picture below is a section of the hairs extracted I can't see hairs are re growing but yet after looking online and not seeing much hair it's concerning wether it will go back to being normal and even out with my side hair. Just had a beard transplant around 10 days ago. Hair extracted from the back of my head is extreamly patchy, I understand it's only 10 days in but is there a risk this can stay permenant as it looks intense and really alarming.

Doctor Answers 11

Donor Area patching

At 10 days post operative, you may simply be experiencing shock loss in the donor.  Give it a little time before you become concerned.  If your are concerned at 3-4 months that the hair isn't coming back, you can speak with the physician and review the donor under a scalp analyzer for density.  The hair that was moved to your beard obviously won't come back in the donor area, it should grow on in your beard. However, hopefully the physician was selective in harvesting and didn't get greedy in one area, thus over harvesting it.

Barrington Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Over Harvested FUE or Large Punch Usage.

Yes there are a few risks that most inexperienced clinics will not tell you or not even know themselves. One thing is that if there was a punch used that is greater than 1.0mm then you risk larger white dots or scarring. Another risk is if too many follicles were extracted in one single area (over harvested) or a large are close together. Another risk is shock loss in the donor for which is exceedingly rare. Or a combination of all of these. If this has occurred then yes this alarming look could be potential. However lets hope that you are just 10 days out and have not had significant regrowth this early in the healing although you should if not soon. The second hope is that this is merely shockloss whereupon you will get a return of growth in 3 months time. And finally lets hope that large punches, close proximity extractions or over harvesting occurred. Please keep us informed! 

William Woessner, MD
New Orleans Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Allow the surrounding hairs in the donor area to grow for at least 1-2 months

Hairs that have been extracted will not grow back. However, please keep in mind it has only been 10 days since your procedure. Allow the surrounding hairs in the donor area to grow for at least 1-2 months. Your hair seems to be dense and may fill in very nicely.

Craig L. Ziering, DO
West Hollywood Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Will my extracted hair from a transplant grow back or even out eventually?

Greetings. Thank you for your question.

Thank you for your question.

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Bulent Cihantimur, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

Extreme patchy appearance after FUE surgery may be permanent. This is an issue with FUE surgery that is not

Extreme patchy appearance after FUE surgery may be permanent.  This is an issue with FUE surgery that is not well known or discussed.  FUE is not a scarless surgery.

You should wait a few months to see if it may improve.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

Extracted hair

no , it will not regrow hair that are taken from recipient area . But area will be denser end much better in 3-4 months and you have no problem about appearance of back of head 

Ilhan Serdaroglu, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Over Harvesting Is A Problem

The photo you show may be a result of over harvesting. Only time will tell. If you wear your hair longer it may hide the thinning, if the thinning does persist. See your doctor in followup over the next year. In general, always seek the advice of a well respected full time hair restoration surgeon. Remember an automated FUE device is not a replacement for an experienced hair transplant surgeon.

Brian Goertz, MD
Seattle Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Patchy Hair after FUE

It looks like you may have had some areas which were over harvested with fue.   It is still too early to tell as some of the scar tissue may very well contract to give you a better long term outcome.  If after 3-6 months you haven't improved, you can consider scalp micropigmentation which should help conceal the area nicely.    

Ryan Welter, MD
Boston Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Concerned with thin donor after FUE beard hair transplant, will it grow back?


I hope that the area was not over harvested. The extracted follicles should not re-grow in the donor area, unless the extraction was incomplete. Time will tell, you will need to allow enough time for the donor area to recover and grow back.Visibly thin donor areas can be minimized with good donor extraction planning.

All the best, 

Bernardino A. Arocha, MD

Bernardino Arocha, MD, FISHRS
Houston Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

It looks like you had a manual FUE procedure

It is relatively early so thing should get better, but the hair that is gone is gone. Nothing will grow back. It appears that you had a manual FUE procedure.  The worst case scenario is that the area was over-harvested and may look a bit "moth-eaten." This can be avoided by either being EXTREMELY diligent while harvesting to make sure this doesn't happen or use a robotic harvest such as ARTAS.  The fix is either grafting (the most expensive option) or micropigmentation. Before choosing, give it time and consider how short you want your hair.  Good luck.

Robert S. Houser, DO
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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