Is shedding after a Hair Transplant normal?

Wed 31 Jan 2007

Hello, I recently got my first hair transplant about 3 – 31/2 weeks ago. Over the last 2 or 3 days I’ve noticed that a lot of my transplanted hairs through-out my hairline have fallen out. However, through-out the top of my head the hairs are still there. Is it normal for my transplanted hairs in my hairline to fall out and will they grow back? I mean, do I need to worry or is this normal? Thanks for your help.

Congratulations on your hair transplant. As a patient I know how exciting it is to go from being a thinning man to a thickening one. In the vast majority of patients the transplanted hairs will shed during the first few weeks leaving behind the transplanted hair follicles. These transplanted follicles will take root and begin growing hair 3 to 4 months or later after the surgery.

A small percentage of patients retain the transplanted hairs and they continue to grow without the transplanted follicles going through the typical 3 to 4 month waiting period. Your situation is perfectly normal. I expect that the transplanted hairs on top will also shed in the coming weeks. Then your head will pretty much look like it did before your hair transplant.

The hard part is waiting for your new hair to grow. It will begin to grow out thin but as the hair continues to grow the diameter of the new hairs will increase. After about one year what you see is what you get.

Best wishes for a bumper crop of hair by spring time and resolving your hair loss. Pat – Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog. To share ideas with other hair loss sufferers visit our Hair Restoration Discussion Forum.

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2 Comments so far:

  1. brian says:

    I had a transplant a long time a go with the olf plugs recently i went back and had 400 minis put in front to soften that, they grew in pretty well but my hair is too fine to cover very well so i went back for 400 more. Almost none of the 2nd batch grew in. Can you offer any explanation? My dr. is at a loss.

    Also I have a patch about4 inches in diameter that is ver thin nearly bald, roughly how man mini grafts will it take to make this area fairly thick?

  2. Pat says:


    It normally takes up to a full year before your transplanted hair has grown in completely and at full thickness. So if it is less than one year since your last procedure it may be too early to judge your final results.

    However, poor growth is typically due to poor handling and placement of the grafts.

    I suggest you use our “Graft Calculator” at

    to get a feel for the amount of follicular unit grafts you might need to achieve the look of fullness in a give area.

    Best wishes, Pat

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