How long before I see hair?

I had 2,000 FUE grafts (Neograft) six weeks ago. The shaved "donor" area is growing back nicely, with about one centimeter's length already. However... The area where they transplanted the follicles isn't showing much (if any) growth at all. I can see a couple of hairs about one millimeter long, but that's about it. Am I being impatient? I saw my doctor a little over three weeks ago and he said everything looked healthy. I'm just worried that my surgery wasn't a success.

Doctor Answers 27

Hair growth following Neograft

After 3-6 months you may begin to see some hair growth in the transplanted areas but this will just be the beginning.  More hair and thicker hair will start to appear gradually after that. It will take at least a year to see the results of your Neograft procedure (or any hair restoration procedure).
Best of luck!

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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How long before i see hair?

Thanks for your question. You should give it at least 6 months before assessing your transplant. Often times the transplanted hair will shed and the follicle will need to produce a new hair. This can take several months. Try to be patient. Best of luck.

Michael P. Lynch, MD
Lexington Plastic Surgeon
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Thanks for your question. It takes 6 months to 1 year after hair transplant to see great results. It is normal to experience shedding of hair at the donor site at this phase of healing (only 6 weeks) and then expect new growth in 3 to 4 months. Try to be patient and continue to discuss your concerns with your provider.

M. Bradley Calobrace, MD, FACS
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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How long before I see hair?

I would give it 4 months for a significant number of follicles to start producing a hair shaft and up to a year for full results.


Dr. Malouf

Peter Malouf, DO
Dallas Dermatologist
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Neograft procedure.

It takes 6 months to a year to see growth after performing the hair transplantation procedure. It is normal to experience anxiousness shortly after. Wait patiently and remain positive. 

Thank You

#Neograft hair transplantation

Many patients ask this exact question! Hair growth after transplantation varies from patient to patient. You are very early in the process and what you are experiencing is normal. Patients don't have the full effect until at least 6 months (and probably more like 10-12 months after the procedure). It will get better! Best, Dr. M

Jared Mallalieu, DO
Annapolis General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Hair regrowth after transplant

After a hair transplant, most patients lose the old hair shafts of the follicles that were transplanted at about 3 weeks. This is normal and expected. Regrowth is determined by where in the growth cycle each follicle was when transplanted. On average, we expect to start seeing early signs of regrowth at 2-3 months. But some follicles may take 6 months or more to start regrowing. So the process requires a great deal of patience. In general, 12 months is considered your final result. So I tell patients to think in terms of 10% regrowth per month between month 2 & 12. For instance, 6 months would be 40%, 9 months  would be 70%, etc. It doesn't come in this exact % per month, but really helps to keep you on track with your expectations and not get stressed unnecessarily.

Gregory Chambon, MD
Overland Park Family Physician
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Patience is a virtue

You probably wont see any growth until about 3-6 months and it will come in as little "baby hairs". You wont see any significant growth until about 6-12 months. This is totally common and it sounds like your surgery was a complete success. I hope this helps.

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 151 reviews

Hair Growth after NeoGraft

It takes 3-4 months to start seeing some growth. After the follicles are transplanted, they will go into a dormant state, and the hairs inside them will fall off. Do not get scared during this normal shedding phase, the hair will fall off but not the hair follicle which is what matters. In 3-4 months then the new hair will start to grow.
There are things that I perform during and/or immediately after the transplant to try to decrease the chances of shedding of the old hair in the follicles and keep it in a growing stage. I use PRP/plasma during the procedure and also have patients use low level light therapy immediately after the transplant to try to continuously stimulate the hair follicles. Patience...Patience... it usually takes 9-12 months to see the final results. Good luck!

Jose Rodríguez-Feliz, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

How long before I see hair?

When will you see hair following a hair transplant? Excellent question. However, I'm surprised that you weren't told what to expect during your consultation. Typically, there is a dormant stage for the grafts that ranges from three months to about a year. After being grafted, the hairs in the grafts fallout, and some of the new hairs begin to grow at about 3 to 4 months. However, the dormant stage varies according to the follicles. On average about 50% of the hairs have started growing by six months and 95% at 12 months. Maximum density will be seen at a year and a half

With that said, and six months you will see a significant amount of hair growth and increased density.

I have found that in many cases when the patient is in the 30's or early 40's many of the hairs do not fallout at all. This is particularly true when the graphs are performed rapidly and not sitting on the table in a solution for a long period of time before being placed in the recipient site.

Relax. You will begin to feel the small hairs growing at about 3 to 4 months. Six weeks is way too early t start worrying. Thank you for your question.

E. Ronald Finger, MD
Savannah Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

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