How long after a hair transplant should you see hair coming? (Photos)

1 to 3 months??????? Because it's not coming in fast enough for me????

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How long after a hair transplant should you see hair coming? (Photos)

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vonnehime1,

It may take between 12-16 months to see the full growth and maturation of your hair transplant. However, at one month what still remains will likely not be lost. From here forward each day will be better with additional growth. Hair grows about 1mm every 3 days. For additional information please click on the link below.


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Bernardino Arocha, MD

Growth

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The average person gets 80% of the growth in 8 months to styling length of about 3 inches. It varies with individuals, some earlier and some later

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

How long after a hair transplant should you see hair coming?

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Typically the grafts start to grow about three months after transplant, though at first the new hairs are very fine and may not be visible with the naked eye.  You may not see much growth until 4-6 months.  Final growth usually takes 8-12 months.

Karl Hekimian, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Waiting too long

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Thank you for posting.  As you know, you can expect most, if not all, of the grafted hairs to fall out (shed) in the first 2-4 weeks after your transplant from the shock of the procedure, and then have nothing but bare scalp.  Hair growth starts again about 3 months later in most patients.  Some patients have to wait a little bit longer than 3 months.  At 3 months, you will fine, thin, clear hairs, which will grow longer, thicker and darker over time.  You can expect full growth at about 1 year after the procedure.   So the bottom line is - you really have to be patient, and you can't rush the natural healing process.   To make sure you don't delay hair growth unnecessarily, you should make sure not to smoke, and to eat a normal, balanced diet, and take a regular multi-vitamin daily.  You don't have to pay for expensive "hair growth" supplements, just a reputable multi-vitamin.

You can help the hair grow by also using Minoxidil topical lotion or foam on the scalp that was transplanted (twice or once daily), as well as take Finasteride by mouth daily.  Despite the negative hype, the side-effect issues with Finasteride are way over-blown.  The rate is 4% or less.  You can look up one of my earlier answers for a complete discussion of the side-effects, and why you don't need to be overly worried about them. Minoxidil and Finasteride together work very well, especially post-transplant, but must be taken for at least one year post transplant, and preferably forever.

Cory Goldberg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

It can take 6 to 12 months after surgery to see results. If you are concerned it is best to contact your doctor

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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 is unfortunate if this (what to expect) was not discussed before you had your surgery.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 106 reviews

Hair coming

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Regrowing hair is thin, undersized and not bright untill 4-5 th months of hair transplant. İt's normal for new growing hair starting to get native characteristics, waviness, curl in first 4-5 months..This actually takes 10-13 months for hair to become full mature , as thick and bright  as native hair. 

Ilhan Serdaroglu, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon

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