Hair graft growth occurs over approximately 1 year
or slightly more than a year before achieving final results. The following
timeline will help you manage your expectations:
1- 6 Days Post-Op
The first few days after the surgery the average patient
can expect some mild swelling in the forehead area. This usually begins
on day three and is completely dissipated by day six. The patient
also develops very small blood clots at the incision sites and these
usually flake off in anywhere from five to seven days. Any redness
that has lingered after the surgery is usually gone by day seven and
the recipient area is slightly pinkish for the next few weeks.
10 - 14 Days Post-Op
10 - 14 days after the surgery the staples
are ready to be removed. This process can be performed by Hasson &
Wong or by your local doctor. Roughly three weeks after your procedure
you may begin to experience some shedding of the transplanted hairs.
This is completely normal and is to be expected. This occurs due to
the temporary dormant phase that all hair grafts go through after
any hair restoration procedure.
1 - 3 Months Post-Op
Over the next several weeks to few months the average
patient can expect to see a few new hair sprouts coming through the
surface of the scalp. This new growth period varies from patient to
patient but the average is three months. The new hair may not necessarily
grow in evenly but it will all grow in eventually. The new hair will
be thin and fine but will thicken over time. During this time the
patient may also notice the formation of an acne like condition in
the recipient area. This is normal and is only some of the new hairs
trying to grow through the scalp. Sometimes these can become temporarily
trapped under the skin like an ingrown hair but the condition is temporary.
This is a positive sign of new growth!
5 - 6 Months Post-Op
By the fifth to sixth month after the procedure the
patient can expect to see considerable new growth. The new hair will
be approximately two to three inches in length and the hair shaft
will begin to thicken.
8-10 Months Post-Op
Between months eight and ten the patient will see
the most impressive difference since the initial procedure. The hair
will be longer and much thicker and the overall appearance will be
one of greater density than even a few short months before.
1 Year Post-Op
By the time a full year has passed since the procedure
the patient will see the final result however improvements may still
be seen well over a year out from the surgery.
The hair that is now growing will continue to grow
for the rest of the patient's life and can be cut and styled in any
manner the patient wishes. There is no special regimen required to
care for the new hair. Standard shampoos and other hair products are
perfectly safe. The patient can treat the new hair as they always
have because it is their own hair that has simply been relocated.