What is the average amount of time in between hair transplants?
This isn’t an easy question to answer, but I wonder if you meant to ask how long patients should wait between hair transplants. Otherwise, your question isn’t really answerable since as far as I know, no study has been done on average wait times. Also, while some hair loss sufferers may wait several years between procedures, others have gotten a subsequent procedure after only 6 months.
How long patients should wait between hair transplant procedures is easier to answer. If we’re talking strictly about follicular unit transplantation (strip surgery), it’s optimal to wait a full year. Even if the second hair transplant is targeting an entirely different area, it’s beneficial to give your donor adequate time for its laxity to return. In my experience, this can take up to 12 months.
Patients don’t have to wait as long with follicular unit extraction (FUE), though it’s still better to wait at least 8 or 9 months if hair is being transplanted in between and around previously transplanted hair. Allowing all the transplanted hair to surface above the scalp before making new recipient incisions in or around these areas is optimal.
Bill – Managing Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.
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