How long can I wait for a second FUE procedure?

I recently had 1,500 FUE grafts completed 4 days ago. I got ill during the procedure and delayed the last 500 to be grafted. My Dr. recommended finishing the last 500 and said he has an availability in 20 days. Is it too soon to do a second procedure? Can doing a second FUE so soon do damage to native or recently transplanted hairs?

Doctor Answers 5

How long to wait between FUE Procedures?

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To see full results of a hair transplant procedure, it typically takes about 12-15 months.  We recommend waiting at least that full year before planning your next procedure, so you can see exactly where you may or may not need more work!

Boca Raton Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Second Hair transplant

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If you are implanting in the same area, you need to wait until your hair grows in so you do not implant into the transplanted hair.  If it is a different area, with FUT I would wait until the donor area is loose and there is no tension so about a year and with FUE about six months. 

Michael Meshkin, MD
Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon
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It depends

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A follow up hair transplant immediate after your surgery should not be scheduled based on your doctors "opening" or availability.  In general we inform patients they need to wait until the hairs grow out before considering another surgery.  You don't want to overlap transplanted hairs.  

The only exception is if you want the transplant on a different (virgin) area of scalp.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Timing for a second hair transplantation

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If the donor site and recipient site has not been used in the previous operation,it is possible to perform the second surgery anytime.

On the other hand if the donor area is used homogeneously in the first surgery and for the second surgery the extraction will be done among the first extraction area then you should wait approximately 6 months.

Secondly if the recipient area is the same area then you have to wait at least 1 year for increasing the density with a second surgery.

If the recipient area is apart from the first surgery recipient area then anytime you can have the second surgery.

When should I do a second FUE?

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Generally I wait for 7-8 months to see the result of what I did in the first procedure. In this way I can add hair to any specific areas that may need more density. If you doctor wants to do it 20 days later, he should stay away from the recipient area where the initial grafts were placed as this area still has healing to be done. If the first transplant was in the frontal area and the second will be done in the crown, then 20 days spacing may work out if the FUE area where the grafts were taken from is completely healed. 

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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