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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