How long it takes to see results after a hair transplant
Hair transplant surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure that involves removing hair follicles from a donor site on the scalp and transplanting them to the bald or thinning areas of the scalp. This procedure is a great option for individuals who suffer from hair loss due to genetics, age, or other reasons. However, one of the most common questions that people have when considering a hair transplant is how long it takes to see results. In this blog post, we’ll explore when you can expect to see results from a hair transplant surgery.
First, it’s important to understand that hair transplant surgery is a gradual process, and it can take 16-18 months to see the full results of the procedure. The initial growth of transplanted hair usually begins after a few months, and it can take up to six months for the new hair to become noticeable. The hair will continue to grow and mature for up to 12 to 18 months after the procedure, at which point you should see the full results of the surgery.
It’s important to note that everyone’s hair growth pattern is different, and the timeline for seeing results can vary based on individual factors. For example, individuals with faster hair growth may see results sooner, while those with slower hair growth may take longer to see results. Additionally, the extent of hair loss and the number of hair follicles transplanted can also impact the timeline for seeing results.
During the first few weeks after the hair transplant surgery, the transplanted hair will fall out. This is a normal part of the process, and it’s known as “shock loss.” It occurs because the hair follicles are temporarily traumatized during the procedure, and it takes some time for them to recover and start producing new hair. This can be disheartening for some patients, but it’s important to remember that this is a normal part of the healing process.
As the transplanted hair follicles begin to heal and produce new hair, you’ll notice small, fine hairs emerging from the scalp. Over time, these hairs will thicken and grow longer, and you’ll start to see a noticeable improvement in the appearance of your hair. By the 16 to 18-month mark, you should see the full results of the procedure, with thicker, fuller hair in the transplanted areas.
While hair transplant surgery is a highly effective procedure for treating hair loss, it’s important to have realistic expectations and understand that it takes time to see the full results. The timeline for seeing results can vary based on individual factors, such as hair growth patterns and the extent of hair loss. However, with patience and proper care, you can enjoy long-lasting, natural-looking results from your hair transplant surgery.
Dr. Matthew Lopresti