2 Months After a Hair Transplant and Still No Growth?

Tue 25 Sep 2007

Hi.   I am 2 months out from a hair transplant and still don’t see any growth.   Did I waste my money?

The fact that you are experiencing no hair growth at month  two is perfectly normal.   As much as we’d like to see immediate hair growth from hair transplantation surgery, it doesn’t work that way.

Hairs are transplanted into the recipient areas (balding areas) on the day of hair restoration surgery.   Between two and four weeks, the transplanted hairs will shed.   There is no exact understanding as to why they all shed however, it is speculated that it is due to trauma of the initial surgery.   These hairs shed and go into a resting period known as the telogen phase of the hair growth cycle.

Month one to three are typically referred to as the  doldrums because there is no  visual activity during this time except for the possibility of pimples in the recipient area which is  a sign of growth to come.    

Additionally, month  one to five  can be relatively depressing in general  as there is no to little hair growth activity during this time. I include month  three to five  in this category because month  three is often seen as the “expected” start date of new visual growth. Unfortunately I think many hair transplant patients believe they will see their final result at this time and it simply isn’t true. It is extremely important to take heart and have patience  during this time because it takes up to 12-18 months to see the final result.

Bill Seemiller
Associate Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and the Hair Loss Learning Center
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9 Comments so far:

  1. ashfaq ahmed says:

    swelling on face and whole head after two months physican say your skin is very sensative thanks ashfaq

  2. Ashfaq,

    Two months after hair transplant surgery, you shouldn’t have any swelling on the face and head. If you’re experiencing this, be sure to consult with your hair restoration physicians asap.

    Best wishes,

    Bill Seemiller
    Associate Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, Hair Loss Learning Center, Hair Loss Q&A Blog, and Hair Restoration Forum

  3. nikhil bhatia` says:


    Its been 2 yrs from the day i am over with my hair transplant procedure. Shedding didn’t take place…. infact these hairs starts growing in slown rate as compared to normal hairs…

    Is it normal

  4. Nikhil,

    I’m not sure I’m understanding your question. Are you concerned that your transplanted hair is growing in more slowly than your natural hair 2 years after surgery? I can’t say I’ve noticed a difference in growth speed between my natural and transplanted hair however, as long as it’s growing and looks natural, I doubt there’s anything wrong. If you are concerned however, you may want to speak to your hair transplant surgeon.

    Best wishes,

    Bill Seemiller
    Managing Publisher of this Community

  5. Kris Aldabbagh says:

    Would anyone please tell me how long it will take for the red triangular forehead area of the surgury to take on the normal color of the skin?

  6. David aka - TakingthePlunge says:


    The pinkish hue in the hair transplant recipient area can last for a few weeks to a few months. This is influenced by factors like the skin color and healing characteristics of the individual patient.

    Most of the time, this can be easily camouflaged by growing the hair a little longer. You can also use hair loss concealers like Toppik or DermMatch to help disguise the discoloration.


  7. Resa says:

    I am 10 weeks into my hair transplant and it is the most depressing time of my life. My transplanted hairs are now shedding along with a lot of my existing hairs. I spoke to my doctor and he said its ok and and that I should just be patient. I have much less hair now than when I first started out. I am also worried that worrying will further affect my hair loss.

  8. nihal says:

    after my transplant i got apendex 4 days later and got intestine punctured as well i washed hair a few time not regularly i was in swear condition i dnt know while on bed i was rubing my hairs after two months and i was removing the blood and things stick on hed and with that my hairs also removed now 3 months very low growth want to know my hair will grow or they are damaged plz reply

  9. David aka - TakingthePlunge says:


    It sounds as if you have just reached the three month mark. Up to this point, you should not have seen much in the way of hair growth. You have only just entered the early growth phase.

    I cannot say if you damaged your grafts or not. Only time will truly tell but I do recommend that you discuss your concerns with your hair transplant surgeon.

    Ultimately, you will not know what your final results will be for one full year. Try to stay positive. In the event your results do not meet your expectations, discuss your options with your surgeon.

    Best of luck!

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