FUE Hair Transplant timeline: What should a person expect in month 1, 2, 3, 4... regarding pain and hair growth?

Want to know what FUE hair transplants results and recovery will be and look like post-operation down the line. When should a person expect to look and feel completely back to normal (but with more hair, obviously!)?

Doctor Answers 3

FUE Recovery

Usually patients feel completely normal within 1-2 days.  They look normal after 1-2 weeks depending on their haircut and hair style and how long they wear their hair.  You should start seeing hair growth within the first 6 months and the results will continue to improve out to 1 year.


Irvine Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Few days

You can return to work the next day after a hair transplant surgery.  However, most people take a few days off. FUE method requires a shaving the back of your head so that may be an issue.  Transplanted hairs actually shed and fall out after a few weeks and you start to see results in 6 to 12 months.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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What will I look like after an FUE 1, 2, 3, 4 months and so on

After a month following FUE, you should see nothing, no value of the hair transplant which shoudl not show up until 6-7 months after the procedure. You should be completely normal at 2 weeks and have full activities. You should look like you did before the hair transplant at 2 weeks. See the 10 days picture on a man kept his hair length long to cover the FUE transplants. 

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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