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What Factors Contribute to a "Failed Hair Transplant"?

4/7/2008 9:34:52 AM

Question:

I had a hair transplant almost two months ago and wonder what will the new hair look like when it initially grows? Has anybody ever heard of transplanted hair not growing? If so, what factors contribute to a failed hair transplant? Does anybody here use both Rogaine and Propecia? Is the use of both of these products beneficial or a waste of money?

Answer:

There are a number of factors that can contribute to a "failed hair transplant", but let me say up front that at 2 months, your transplanted hair will most likely not be growing yet. New hair growth only typically starts between 3 and 5 months and will start growing as thin, fine, colorless hairs and with time will thicken, darken, and mature. You have plenty of time. So I will help to answer your questions, but try not to think negatively at this point as you only just had your hair transplant 2 months ago. The wait is the hardest part.

The number one cause of a failed hair transplant is the proper care and handling of the follicular unit grafts during surgery, either during the graft dissecting process, placement process, or holding / storing process. If the hair grafts are damaged in any way, after they are inserted, they will not grow. Patient physiological factors can cause poor hair regrowth including scalp problems such as an infection or scarring, etc.

Regarding Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil), in my opinion, they are the best non surgical hair loss treatment options available and have the best chance at stimulating natural hair regrowth when used together. Transplanted hair will grow on its own if the hair transplant was successful, but don't look for your final result until about 12 months.


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    Bill was the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and The Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 4 time hair transplant patient and has over 15,000 helpful posts on our hair restoration discussion forum. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s in Christian Counseling. In addition to his work in helping hair loss experiencing men and women finding the best hair transplant surgeons, he helps people with various addiction and mental health related issues in his free time. He enjoys weight lifting, kickboxing, movies, researching conspiracy related topics and spending time with his family.