How Long After Hair Transplant Surgery Until I See Hair Growth?

Mon 5 May 2008

I had a  2617 follicular unit graft hair transplant surgery for my hair loss  in  in mid November, 2007 (a little over three months ago), and am curious about the average time frame that others have noticed results?

The first 5 months  (the beginning phases) of  surgery  are often depressing and  can leave you full of doubt as to whether or not the hair replacement procedure was a success.   This is often due to the misinterpretation of when a [surgeon says that hair growth will start in 3 months.   Though the transplanted hair may very well start growing, very few patients notice any visible change in the appearance of their hair at this early stage.   But be patient; the result will come with time.   In order to help give you  an understanding of what to expect, I’ve described a little bit about the hair restoration hair regrowth process below.

Keep in mind that every patient is different and hair will start to grow at different times.   This is also  sometimes why hair transplant patients will see some nice growth on one side of their head and not the other.   This often leaves the balding patient concerned.   Rest assured however,  this is perfectly normal.

Hair growth from  surgery is a gradual process that only starts between 3 to 5 months.   Hair will typically start to grow as thin, colorless, and wispy and continue to mature up to 18 months.     At around 9 months, most of the hair has at least started to grow and is well on its way to maturity.   But hair thickening and darkening will continue for some time and will have a significant impact on the overall cosmetic result.  

The word “result” therefore becomes  very subjective.   If you are talking about seeing a cosmetic difference in your hair density and coverage, most hair transplant patients see some nice growth around 6-8 months.     The final mature hair replacement result won’t come until 12-18 months after surgery.

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85 Comments so far:

  1. David aka - TakingthePlunge says:


    It’s normal to stress and worry about the outcome of a hair transplant in the initial weeks after surgery. During this time, it’s perfectly normal for the hair follicles to shed and the hooked roots are nothing to worry about.

    Do your best to relax and wait for your new hair growth to begin in about two to three more months. You’ll need to wait a full year for your final result.

    Good luck!

  2. David aka - TakingthePlunge says:


    It is extremely unlikely but not impossible that the transplanted hair will eventually fall out. For the vast majority of men, hair harvested form the permanent donor site will continue to grow for a lifetime after surgery.


  3. yash says:

    i got my hair transplanted on 2 april 13 .i m afraid , on 17 april my dr rub the receipnt area by cotton to remove the scabes .could u pls tell me is it harm for my grafts because lot of hair was remooved during this.

  4. David aka - TakingthePlunge says:


    There is no need to worry. Your surgeon knows that by 10 days post-op, the follicular unit grafts are securely anchored and well-protected below the scalp. There is no possibility of harm by rubbing the scabs off.

    The hairs that were lost are supposed to shed during this time. Your new hair will begin to grow in 3 to 4 months.

    Best of luck!

  5. Ray says:

    Great responses to the questions and it helped me with the concerns and questions I had. Thanks.
    Do you have any offices in the Dallas forth worth area?

  6. David aka - TakingthePlunge says:


    We are not a hair transplant clinic. However, we do maintain a list of recommended hair restoration surgeons worldwide. For a complete listing of all our recommended surgeons, click here. To learn about our criteria for recommending physicians, click here.

    In Texas we recommend the following surgeons:

    Dr. Bernardino Arocha

    Dr. Bradley Limmer

    Dr. Alfonso Barrera

    Good luck!


  7. NDRB says:

    I am currently in a NW6-6.5-7 kind of a state. I have been using a hair piece for the last 4 years as all other treatments failed and my hair regularly fell. I have now had a 3600 graft transplant (FUE), covering most of my frontal region and a bit of crown. The top of the head is still vacant (only some pre-existing hair remain) and the crown density and the frontal density towards the center of head is less (hair line is good). Its been 1 month. I wanted to know the time i will have matured transplanted hair and what kind of density will i have? Do i need more sessions?

  8. Bill says:

    David. Thanks for an extremely informative blog. I’ve learned a lot from reading through the previous Qs and As and worry that my questions may be redundant, but I think I’ve got a new angle.
    Five months has passed since my crown transplant surgery and although I’m seeing some minimal whispy growth, there are still a few noticeable bald spots. I worry because I had a busy phase of many red zits on my crown transplant area for a while, but haven’t seen anything in over a month now. If the zit-like spots have stopped for that long, is it likely that I won’t have any more transplanted hairs grow in? Do transplanted hairs ever ‘sprout’ without noticeable red spots preceding the new growth? Thanks very much.

  9. David aka - TakingthePlunge says:


    Congratulations on your recent hair transplant! Your hair restoration surgeon should have discussed the post-surgical hair growth timeline with you.

    In general, you should begin to see the first signs of new hair growth between three and four months post-op. It will take a full 12 months before you see the final results.

    Some factors that contribute to the illusion of density are the color and caliber of the donor hair, its contrast with scalp color, the density of the hair in the donor area and the number of grafts implanted per square centimeter.

    Without the benefit of viewing your pre and post-operative photos, I can’t comment on the final result you might expect. However, given the degree of hair loss you have described, you will likely need more than 3,600 grafts to achieve the appearance of a full head of hair.

    I recommend waiting until the results of this first hair transplant have fully matured and discussion your next steps with your surgeon.

    Best of luck!

  10. Bill,

    At 5 months post-op, your results are only roughly 30% matured. Because of this, you still have plenty of time left to grow and mature (approximately 7 months and 70% maturation left). What’s more, it is definitely possible to have new hairs breakthrough without the noticeable red spots. At this point in time, I think you should monitor your monthly progress, but refrain from making any conclusions about your results until the 12 month mark.

    Good luck!

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  11. Mark swan says:

    would like your help and and advise.

    I had an FUE hair transplant surgery exactly 7.5 months ago, it was all in the hairline and front of my head and I had 50 grafts per square cm density, total 4000 grafts.

    Arround 4 month post up the hair started growingn very fast and very good, and at 6 month I had a great result more than I had expected ( I was totally bold in the hairline and behind)

    However on the left side of my head (hairline and behind) I can see the density about 20 percent or 30 percent less than that of the right hairline this was the case ever since the hair started growing at 4 month, I thought his would change at around 8 months but it seems the situation is still the same. The density on the right side is very good and more than I would have ever dremt of, but this problem on the left side is making me concerned and it make the hairline look a bit un natural due to the difference.

    also a very small area about 2 sq cm on the front of the hairline on the left hadn’t seen any growth but very few hairs I can see .

    what do you think the problem is? can I expect to see more growth a few month later, do you think the left side will see more density in few month? do you think the left side is not getting good blood supply? is this normal at 7.5 months?

    Note the right side is almost perfect with density and all with no one single flow, which make the imbalance very cosmetically un acceptable.

    what could have went wrong? Please advise me and it is much appreciated. and thank you in advance I am thinking about having another transplant to to cover this problem what you recommend?

  12. Nabil S says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am out of FUE surgery now one month and 10 days, and my scalp is not red and nor itchy and it feels normal, my questions is, Can I swim in the sea? and sit in the sun wearing a hat? and could the sun damage the grafts even if I wear a cap? is it true that the UV rays can kill the grafts even if you are wearing a hat?

    also if It is not recommended to swim at this time can I swim with a swimming cap on, of course I am talking about swimming in the sea not in a swimming pool. Please let me know.

    Thank you in Adnace

  13. David aka - TakingthePlunge says:


    There is no need for worry at this stage. At only 7.5 month post-op, you’ve got at least 30% more growth to come before your hair transplant fully matures. In other words, you’ve only seen about 70% of your final result thus far.

    It’s very common for one side of the hairline to develop first. The other side should eventually catch up but you’ll need to wait a minimum of 12 months before assessing your results.

    In the meantime, there is nothing wrong with discussing your concerns with your hair transplant surgeon and forming a plan for moving forward in the event that your final result is less than optimal.

    Best of luck!

  14. David (TakingThePlunge) says:


    It’s safe to swim in the sea three to four weeks post-op so you should be just fine.

    UV rays can have a negative affect on wound healing after surgery and it’s best to keep your scalp protected for the first few months. This can be achieved with sunscreen or by wearing a hat.


  15. Rohit says:

    Well its been 3 months exactly, i gave got my side and a hairline transplant done, and after reading all the posts I understood that at least 9 months is required to see the results of the hair transplant.I am a very good looking (26yrs) and the losing hair is the biggest nightmare of my life. I would like to know Will I ever be able to get a decent density with my hair as I am very sure that I would require another session as the crown is also thinning. I would like to to see someone who has undergone this procedure just to see the density that can be best expected,I see Salu the bollywood celebrity I dont know what has he done it looks too good and undetectable that he has ever had this issue.

  16. David aka - TakingthePlunge says:


    The outcome of a hair transplant depends on a variety of factors that include; degree of hair loss, density of hair in donor area, caliber of hair follicles and the contrast between scalp and hair color among others.

    Given that I do not have any information about any of these factors, I cannot predict if you will eventually get the final result you are hoping for.

    Three months is much too early to start assessing your procedure. You are correct that it will take about 9 months to see a significant improvement and one full year for the final result. Only then will you have the answer to your question.

    However, there are many examples of hair transplant results on our hair restoration forum for you to view. You may wish to try contacting patients in your area who are willing to meet with you in person.

    Good luck!

  17. Chintu says:


    I had gone through a hair transplant surgery almost 1 and half months back..I took extreme care however all the hairs shed away within 1 I look pretty much as before..Afer 1 month I also had few cigarretes(1 per day).Kindly suggest whether I will get visible result or not as it is really depressing for me.

  18. David (TakingThePlunge) says:


    I’m always surprised when recent hair transplant patients request information about the hair growth timeline after hair transplant surgery. Your hair restoration physician should have discussed with you when to expect visible results. One and half months is much too early to be looking for new hair growth.

    In the first weeks after surgery, it is perfectly normal and expected for the newly transplanted follicles to shed. Given that some patients also experience additional shock loss, it’s common for some to appear even balder during this time than they did prior to the procedure.

    New hair growth should begin to appear between the third and fourth month. However, all of your grafts will not begin to grow at the same time. Instead, the new growth may appear fine and uneven. Don’t worry. It will eventually fill in.

    The final results will take one full year to materialize.

    While smoking can have a negative impact on the healing process, I highly doubt that one cigarette per day beginning one math post-op will affect your results.

    Try to keep your mind off of your transplant as much as possible during this early phase. You’ll be surprised how fast time will fly and before you know it, you’ll have a nice new head of hair.

    Best of luck!

  19. mohammad yasin says:

    i had fue ht 7 days ago now i have some pain in downer aria and i have swelling in my forehead and eyes and swelling will be more after sleeping please help me

  20. David (TakingThePlunge) says:


    Swelling in the first week after hair transplant surgery is common and will not affect hair growth.

    Sleeping at at an incline will help reduce swelling during sleep. If swelling persists after the first seven days, contact your physician.

    Best of luck!

  21. Farid says:

    I did a mega session of 5000 grafts about 3 months ago and a couple of years before i did 2 small session which was about 3000 grafts and since 8000 grafts been harvested from my donor area now my donor area looks quite empty and I can’t keep my hair very short as it doesn’t look good and I was wondering if I can fill up my donor area with my leg hair as I do have quite strong and black hair in my legs and if I go ahead with such procedure will the leg hair survive in the donor area permanently or will it be temporary? If you could kindly enlighten me upon it would be of tremendous appreciation. Thanks

  22. David aka - TakingthePlunge says:


    Let me begin by saying that leg to scalp hair transplantation is certainly possible and has been done successfully. See the following discussion from our Hair Restoration Forum, BHT 2 YEAR UPDATE [Video] – Dr. Umar patient.

    However, body hair transplantation (BHT) is a highly specialized and technical procedure and not all hair restoration surgeons perform this delicate work.

    I cannot advise you if leg hair is appropriate for your specific case because this will depend upon a number of factors such as, the density and caliber of your leg hair, the characteristics of the scalp hair in your donor area and the number of follicular unit grafts required to effectively fill in the areas of concern among others.

    The best course of action that I can recommend is consulting with a skilled and experienced hair transplant surgeon practicing BHT. You may wish to begin by contacting one or more of the hair restoration physicians recommended by the Hair Transplant Network. If you like, you can even schedule online consultations with the physicians of your choice.

    I also suggest visiting our hair loss forum where you can research physicians performing BHT and seek advice from our knowledgeable patient and physician members.

    Good luck!

  23. mandeep says:

    Hi ..
    My question to you is that when can I go for clippers after ht to cut my hair short ..its been 1 month now .. you think I should do it or not

  24. David (TakingThePlunge) says:


    One month after hair transplant surgery, it is perfectly safe to use hair clippers to cut your hair.


  25. william leeson says:

    the comments here have been very helpful, now I know at 7 months post op I still have 30 percent more growth to look forward to. I’m hoping to get eneough density to stop using the hair thickening fibers but if my scalp isnt hidden I’ll keep using the fibers. They seem to really enhance the HT while waiting for full results to grow in.

  26. Chintu says:

    Hi David,

    This is my second post.It has been 3 months after my transplant surgery. I am applying minioxidil regularly over the transplanted area, but very less hair has started growing till date. I had to shave my head after 3 months due to some cultural traditions with rezor. I am really scared whether it will have any negative impact over my result.Please suggest.

  27. David aka - TakingthePlunge says:


    Don’t worry. At only three months after hair transplant surgery, you will not yet see any significant hair growth. You are only just entering the start of the growth phase.

    It is also much too soon to see any benefits from Rogaine (minoxidil). I suggest that you continue applying it as directed for between 6 months and one year before assessing your results. If you do see hair growth, you’ll need to continue using it indefinitely in order to maintain your results. Once you discontinue use of Rogaine, hair loss will eventually resume.

    Shaving your head should have no negative effect on the final outcome of your hair restoration procedure.

    Try not to worry too much. I’m sure things will be looking just fine in a few more months.

    Good luck!

  28. Mark says:


    I am at 5 months post op with super results and full coverage on my right side(hair size 2 inch.)

    On the left side unfortunately till now no good coverage!

    Can I still expact new hair growth?

    I remember well, that between 10 and 18 days post op most of my 4750 graft were gone and I guess that the 2 inch hair which I can see now are the transplants which didn´t fall out.

    I am really scared that there won´t grow much hair on my left side and wouldn´t combine with the other side.

    Thanks in advance


  29. David aka - TakingthePlunge says:


    It’s very common for one side to develop faster than the other. At only 5 months post-op, you’ve got lots more growth and maturation to come. It will likely fill in over the coming months.

    However, it’s always a good idea to discuss your concerns with your hair transplant surgeon and talk about what your options are if your results are sub-par after one full year.

    Good luck!

  30. Waj says:

    Hi i recently had my 1st hair transplant. The doctor gave me a new hairline for a younger look. The hair/crust has started to shed now. A week on now i’ve started to heel and shed crust/hair. The place where he constructed the new hair line feels all bald now. Is this normal or should i be feeling a stubble touch there?

  31. prateek says:

    I did FUT hair transplant more than 2 months ago but i fell insted of gaining hair.. i have lost a lot of hair and i look more bald than what i use to look before the procedure … i am really concerned now

  32. prateek says:

    Is it shock loss

  33. Coolbreeze says:

    Hello, I did Neograft In January of 2014. I immediately had great results and it continued even into the first 6 months after, where my hair was dense and full. At about the 1 year mark, I started to see less life and thinner hair happening. At this point, it seems like its continuing to go down hill. Does the hair go through a shedding phase at different times, and will it get thicker and have more life again? I still have quite a bit but the texture and body is a lot different now.


  34. Chris says:


    I’ve read a lot information in the posts above which have put me more at ease with the overall coverage.
    I had 1600 FUE grafts done 9 months ago for male pattern baldness. I’m not as happy as I would like to be however I also know I need to wait for the 12 month mark. With the right amount of hair product and certain styling, I can make it more passable. My only other concern is the recipient area. When I wash my hair, the whole area feels different to the rest of my scalp plus the scarring is still visible for every implanted follicle. It is a tiny tiny scar however it still resembles the plug look.
    Do you have any recommendations in regards to minimizing the scarred recipient area or will that in turn disappear with time also?

  35. George L says:

    I had fut about 6 months ago. My hair started to fall out at the 4 to 5 month period , because of this late stage of hair loss will it take longer for me to see some good growth? Is it normal to lose hair at the 4 to 5 month term? Am worried.

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