How Long Does It Take For The Transplanted Hair To Grow?

A common misconception regarding hair transplants is that the client will have a full head of hair immediately after the procedure. For a variety of reasons, this is not possible and it can take a full year, or even longer, for the hair transplant results to be final.

While a hair transplant is a safe and efficient procedure, it is also a long term process. Understanding how the transplanted hair grows will help to keep expectations realistic. For the average hair transplant client, the initial growth is slow and the hairs that do grow in are short and thin. After some time, additional hair growth will be noticed and this growth will continue to improve up to one year and beyond.

Exactly how long it takes for the transplanted hair to grow is highly individual and depends on many different factors, including the health of the client and the overall success of the hair transplant. A couple of weeks after the hair transplant surgery, hairs are expected to fall out. This is normal and occurs to all hair grafts after any hair transplant procedure. Over the following weeks and months, usually within the first 3 months, the client can expect to see a few new hairs growing in.  The hair may not grow in evenly, but will do so eventually. The new hair will most likely be thin but will thicken over time.

After about 6 months following the procedure, the client will notice a greater amount of growth, and the hair that is growing will now be longer and thicker. Between 6 months and 1 year the client will see the most significant difference from before the hair transplant. The hair will be longer and thicker than ever and the overall look will have much more density than before. The appearance of the client at this point is often dramatically different than before the procedure. When a full year has passed since the procedure, the client will see the final result. However, it is possible to see additional improvements even after one year.

While it may take a while for all the transplanted hairs to grow, even as long as up to 1 year, the hair that is growing is permanent and will continue to grow for a life time. This new hair will look and feel like any other hair on the scalp and can be handled just like normal hair would. It requires no special treatment and can be styled in any way. While a hair transplant can dramatically improve the overall look of someone with a balding head, it is definitely also a long term procedure where the client needs to be patient and have faith in the whole process.

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One thought on “How Long Does It Take For The Transplanted Hair To Grow?

  1. I enjoyed reading your artical it was encouraging although there are some exceptions you did not mention. I am sure you are aware of them but may think its extreamly rare to encounter those results.
    My hair has not shead not one hair has came out after surgery moving towards two months. Everyday is like the longest day watching my hair not grow…lol although I think it may have. I wanted you to know I was a fish eating fool…salmon everyday of my life…not 3 times a week…everyday of my life….with the broccile what kind of life is that right lol..Included in this is my vitiam intake…I have now included all food and vitiams relative to hair health….and finally to bring hair growth to the crown…I have turned to finastride in 5 mg chopped into 1/4 sections via a 88 cent pill splitter which works like a champ….this makes a year supply $ 250..00 per year…not to bad…
    I think I will go for a second transplant in one year…and have a FET procedure this time instead of the FUT…this taking the trama of the strip out of the process…and to beef up the crown and the front hair line by density…this will allow both crown from finastride and the FUT time to grow in fully…and then the FET will not be notied and quite as tramatic…thank you for reading my email responce