Hair Transplant Stages Week By Week
So you’ve had your FUE hair transplant. Congratulations! Now what? When it comes to getting a hair transplant, it is important to recognise that the results are going to change and improve over time. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as undergoing the procedure and then having a full set of hair. You need to give your scalp time to heal and for new hair to develop and grow. Let’s take a look at the results of a hair transplant week by week and month by month to give you a better understanding of what to expect after your transplant.
The first 14 days after your transplant
This first two weeks are detailed in your provided post operation instructions. It is important to make sure you avoid physically touching your hair for the first 14 days. Sleeping elevated for 5 nights with the provided neck pillow is important, and we understand this unfortunately may not be your natural sleeping position, but again this ensures you do not accidentally touch your hair for the first 5 days, after which, you will then start your post-op hair washing procedure. Your doctor will advise you on this and the products to use. Once you reach the seven to ten day mark, the transplanted grafts are going to build strength, which means they are not going to fall when touched, However, do be mindful and don’t start scratching your head! It is at the seven day mark you may wear a loose fitted cap, but only if you really have to!
A power shower, and any strenuous physical activity or exercises are prohibited in the 14 day period.
Days 15 – 30 – two weeks to 1 month after your hair transplant
In around two to three weeks, your scalp will have regained its previous appearance, with the initial redness, and scabbing having subsided, this is why a lot of our patients like to take two weeks off work after their hair transplant and then return around this stage. Don’t worry if you have experienced some hair shedding at this point, completely normal.
1 to 3 months after hair transplant
Around this period, you will start to see further shedding of the implanted hairs, it’s perfectly normal to be concerned but there is nothing to worry about! It is a natural part of the process but we know it can cause panic, especially if you are not expecting it. This is why it is so important to learn all about the different hair growth stages so that you’re fully prepared and know what to expect. You may start to see some new hair growth around the 3 month mark, which will continue from here on.
3 to 6 months after hair transplant
You will notice that the rate of re-growth starts to increase from the third or fourth month. Half of the result may be seen from the sixth month. The results you dreamed of are starting to take shape!
6 to 12 months after hair transplant
This is another exciting period, as during these six months the hair is going to grow and grow, becoming thicker and stronger with each passing month.
After 12 months, you are advised to arrange a review of implant area and the overall result of the procedure, although end results can take up to 18 months to fully show. Throughout the year it is possible to request a review so get in touch as and when you need to.
12 – 18 months after hair transplant
This is the final stage of hair growth and when you can expect to see the final results of the hair transplant operation come to fruition. Your hair is going to look thicker, longer, and more intensive. The final result will appear in the front area around 12 – 15 months after the operation. For the crown, you can expect full restoration after 18 – 20 months.
So there you have it: the different hair transplant growth stages. Hopefully, this hair transplant progress timeline has helped to give you a better understanding of what you should expect if you do decide to undergo an FUE hair transplant.