Appearance Immediately Following a Hair Transplant

Question:

I'm thinking of having a hair transplant. How thick and dense can I expect my hair to be immediately after the hair restoration procedure as compared to one year after the procedure?

Answer:

Prior to your hair transplant procedure, the hair in the donor area will be cut very short. After the follicular unit grafts are transplanted to the recipient area, you will have the appearance of a buzz cut in the formerly balding area. These short hairs will fall out over the first four weeks until your hair returns to its pre–transplant appearance. During this time, you may also suffer shock loss of the existing hair in both the donor and recipient areas. To answer your question, before the transplanted and shocked hairs begin to grow back sometime around the third or fourth month, you may temporarily lose density. Generally speaking, the full results of your transplant will be seen by the 12th month. For more information you may want to read the following articles from our Hair Loss Q&A Blog. Hair Growth 3 Months After Hair Transplant Surgery? Surviving the Waiting Game Post Hair Transplant 

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