When it comes to getting an FUE hair transplant, it is critical to understand that the results will change and improve over time. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as having the procedure and having a full head of hair instantly. You must allow your scalp to heal and for the new hair to develop and grow. At KSL Clinic, full results can take up to 12 months, however in some cases, plenty of our patients are happy with their results before this. But what can you expect after 3 months?
When you book in for your procedure with us, your hair transplant surgeon will talk you through what to expect at different stages of your recovery from the procedure. The quickness you see your results can vary from patient to patient.
What To Expect 3 Months After Hair Transplant
Almost immediately after your hair transplant, you will be able to see the outline of where your new hair will grow. The follicles have been implanted into their new positions and must recover before you can resume your normal day-to-day activities (our recommended after-care period is 2 weeks).
You may notice scabbing around the newly implanted hair follicles. Around two weeks after the procedure, you may start to notice hairs falling out in the transplanted area. This is the ‘shedding phase’ and is entirely normal and to be expected. This phase occurs as the hair on the surface will shed but the follicle is growing underneath.
Around three months after your hair transplant, your new hair will grow from the hair grafts. Depending on the length and style of your hair, you might not initially notice much difference. More drastic results will occur around the 4 – 5 month timescale.
What Is Happening To Your Hair During This Time
In the first three months after your hair transplant, your hair and scalp will undergo many changes. Any tiny hairs in the follicles will shed around the two-week post-surgery mark – this could last up to several weeks.
After this happens, it is normal not to notice any drastic changes. Your hair needs time to grow. New hair growth from your implanted follicles will typically begin around three months after the hair transplant, and it is then that you will start to notice new regrowth and more visible results.
By month three, new hairs start coming through the scalp. At first, you will notice that the hair coming through after a hair transplant will be more delicate, wispy hair. New hair needs time to mature to the hair you currently have on your head. Much like when a baby grows new hair, your hair transplant essentially encourages new hair growth in an area where no hair grows. So new hair will need time to mature.
What Should You Be Doing After Your Hair Transplant?
Following your procedure with us, we will provide a full after-care programme with all the products provided. You will watch an after-care instructions video, as well as having the opportunity to ask any questions with your hair transplant surgeon. You may experience some pain that can be alleviated with pain relief medication we have provided.
Strenuous lifting, power showers, going to the gym and touching your hair are ruled out for at least 14 days after your hair transplant. You will need to avoid scratching your head and drinking alcohol in the seven days following the procedure. You will also be advised to sleep with your head in an elevated position, which you may find more comfortable than lying flat immediately after the hair transplant.
Avoid activities that can make you sweat and do not use any hair products on your head for the next 2 weeks. Your surgeon will advise you on a hair washing routine and we provide shampoo to use from day five after your hair transplant.
Redness or swelling will start to subside after around over the next fews days to one week. Once this 2 week period has passed, you can get back to your everyday life and wait for your new hair to grow.
We encourage arranging follow up appointments or reviews at any stage with your consultant or surgeon.