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Will an Infection after Hair Transplant Surgery Affect Hair Growth?

6/12/2013 5:16:40 AM

Question:

In February 2013 I had a follicular unit excision (formerly known as follicular unit extraction) (FUE) hair transplant in Turkey. Three months on I am worried about the result as it turns out the transplant had an infection. I just finished a course of antibiotics.

The infection seems to have cleared but I'm concerned it will cause permanent damage to the transplant. Currently I can see some hair growth but it is fine baby hair and patchy. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:

An infection after surgery has the potential to affect the final result but it’s not certain to damage he grafts. As long as the infection was treated early, you may still get an excellent result. Unfortunately, there is no way to know just how much damage occurred, if any, until the hair transplant matures.

Fine and patchy hair growth three months after hair restoration surgery is perfectly normal. At this stage, you are only in the very beginning phase of growth. It will take a minimum of 6 to 8 months for a significant visible improvement and up to one year to see the final result.

If you have not already done so, I suggest discussing your concerns with your physician. But, you’ll need to wait it out at this point before determining the success or failure of your procedure.

David (TakingThePlunge)

Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator


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