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When Does Hair Growth Fully Mature after Hair Transplant Surgery?

5/17/2013 4:36:26 AM

Question:

I am currently between a VI and VII on the Norwood Scale. I have been using a hair piece for the last 4 years as all other treatments failed and my hair regularly fell. I have now had a 3600 graft follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant, covering most of my frontal region and a bit of crown. The top of the head is still bald (only some pre-existing hair remains) and the crown density and the frontal density towards the center of head is less (hairline is good).

It has now been 1 month. I wanted to know the time it will take for my transplant to mature and what kind of density will I have? Do I need more sessions?

Answer:

Congratulations on your recent hair transplant! Your hair restoration surgeon should have discussed the post-surgical hair growth timeline with you. In general, you should begin to see the first signs of new hair growth between three and four months post-op. It will take a full 12 months before you see the final results.

Some factors that contribute to the illusion of density are the color and caliber of the donor hair, its contrast with scalp color, the density of the hair in the donor area and the number of grafts implanted per square centimeter.

Without the benefit of viewing your pre and post-operative photos, I can’t comment on the final result you might expect. However, given the degree of hair loss you have described, you will likely need more than 3,600 grafts to achieve the appearance of a full head of hair.

I recommend waiting until the results of this first hair transplant have fully matured and discussion your next steps with your surgeon. Best of luck!

David (TakingThePlunge)

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