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Thin Looking Hair 4 Months After Hair Transplant Surgery - Should I Expect More Hair Growth?

8/3/2008 1:37:26 PM

Question:

I'm now 4 and a half months post hair transplant and curious about transplanted hair growth. Generally speaking, when can someone expect all the transplanted hair to have made an appearance on your scalp and any further improvement ( strictly thickening of the hair shaft)? Do you still get hairs poking through for the first time after 6 months, and if so, what about 8 months after hair replacement? I'm concerned about some areas of thinning hair on my scalp (in the recipient area) where I'm not sure hair shaft thickening alone will be enough to cover this up. Too early to worry, I know, but I still am curious about the above.

Answer:

No need to be concerned about the appearance of thinning hair at only 4 months after your hair replacement procedure. New hair growth only typically starts between 3 to 5 months, but hair can still pop through the surface of the scalp all the way up to 9 months, and sometimes later, though hair growth significantly slows down in later months.

Hair will continue to thicken and mature up to one year or sometimes up to 18 months. This is why its important to wait a good year before evaluating the final result. Even hair transplant patients with significant hair growth at 6 months will often see a night and day difference by the end of a year in terms of hair density and appearance of thickness.

Bill - Associate Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.
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