Blotchy Hair Growth 6 Months after Hair Transplant Surgery: Is This Normal?

Question: It's been 6 months now since I had my hair transplant of 2,500 grafts. In the front receding areas it looks not blended and in the crown it looks fine to dark and blotchy. What should I expect at this point? I told the doctor who did it I just wanted the male pattern to be blended in so I don't see the horseshoe look and I think it is worse now. I'm trying to be patient and because my hair is fine and grayish the doctor said it will always look thin. What should I do? The doctor wanted me back after 8 months to review my progress.  Answer:

Without reviewing pre and post-operative photos, I can only guess. But, at only 6 months post-op, your results are likely normal and right on track. Hair growth after hair restoration surgery typically begins between three and four months post-op. Not all the grafts will sprout at the same time and this can lead to a sparse or blotchy appearance. Furthermore, newly growing hairs will initially be finer and lighter than existing natural hair. In time the hair will fill in and the new hairs should take on a more natural appearance. We always recommend that hair transplant patients wait a minimum of 12 months before assessing their results. In some cases, hair will continue to mature and thicken even beyond this time period. I know it can be a difficult and stressful time waiting for a hair transplant to mature but try to be patient and avoid examining your hair on a daily basis.  I recommend discussing your concerns with your hair restoration physician at your 8 month follow-up in order to find out what your options are in the event that your results are truly subpar after one year. Your doctor should be willing to stand behind his work. David (TakingThePlunge) Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator