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Can Hair Growth Begin 18 Months after Hair Transplant Surgery?

4/6/2011 5:32:42 AM

Question:

I'm rather concerned. I underwent hair transplant surgery in September of 2009 and I am just now (approx. 18 months later) seeing results. By "results" I mean I see hair follicles barely starting to poke out of the scalp. Actually it looks like little black dots as if they are still underneath the scalp. Is it abnormal for it to take this long? I understand different patients have different timelines of growth. How long should I expect for maturity now?

Answer:

In all honesty, it is highly unusual for hair growth to begin 18 months after hair transplant surgery. Typically this is the time when patients are seeing their final results.

On average patients can expect the following growth time.

3 months - 10%
4 months - 25%
5 months - 40%
6 months - 60%
7 months - 70%
8 months - 75%
9 months - 80%
10 months - 90%
11 months - 95%
12 months - 98%
18 months - 100%

If you have not yet done so, I recommend discussing your concerns with your hair restoration physician. While there are no guarantees in hair transplant surgery, a reputable and ethical hair transplant physician should stand behind their work in the event that a patient's results are less than optimal.

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