What will a person look like after FUE Hair Transplants?

Guessing that directly after the procedure, a person won't be looking so hot, but wondering what a person might look like after FUE hair transplants? Most importantly, will people be able to TELL they got transplants? Will their hairline look like it did when they had more hair?

Doctor Answers 5

How you will look after FUE

The biggest challenge I find for patients is their haircut after an FUE procedure.  We shave an area on the back of the scalp and thus patients have a funny looking haircut for about 10 days or so.  In the first few days there is scabbing on the grafts as well which is noticeable. So yes, people will be able to tell.  This is a surgical procedure. It is not feasible to think that you will undergo a surgery on your scalp and nobody be able to tell.  How your hairline looks depends on the quality and experience of your surgeon.  Make sure the doctor you choose has a lot of experience doing hair restoration procedures and also make sure the physician is doing the graft extraction and not his "assitant". 


Irvine Hair Restoration Surgeon
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See photos

You can see some before after photos of what FUE looks like a few days and immediately after on the LINK below.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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What will I look like after an FUE hair transplant?

The post below talks about FUE results 5 days after and shows pictures on a patient that is somewhat typical. This FUE is treated just like a regular hair transplant with regard to the recipient area, but the donor area has open wounds which require daily washing with soap and water. Within 3 days of surgery, you can resume full activities, heavy exercises if you wish. The recipient area requires daily washes as well to keep the recipient area free of crusts. I generally recommend the use of a sponge and supply my patient with a surgical sponge to fill with soapy water and press on the recipient area daily. By repeating this daily, all crusts can be washed off without any fear of losing grafts. IF any crust are present, use a Q tip and dip it into soapy water, and roll it on the crusts and that will lift them off without dislodging them, but never rub them, just roll the Q tip on the recipient crust. I like to see no evidence of any crusting in the recipient area and the crusts from the donor area gone in 5-10 days with daily washing,.

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

What will I look like after FUE Hair Transplants?

While you will have some crusting at the recipient site for some time post-op, after that, you'd be hard pressed to find signs of the procedure. The transplanted hairs typically fall out and start to re-grow around 4 months later. So, aside from hairs that are in different stages of growth and length, it's not a huge red flag.  Your hairline will be meticulously designed by the surgeon pre-op.  Depending on the number of units needed will determine if you can get the desired results after one session. Visit with a facial plastic surgeon, plastic surgeon, or dermatologist that does hair transplanting for more information in person. I wish you well!

Parker A. Velargo, MD
New Orleans Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Transplant recovery

Yes, it is hard to hide a transplant at first.  You can look better with a transplant but that is not always the case.  

Rashid M. Rashid, PhD, MD
Houston Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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