The following response, posted on our Hair Loss Social Community and Discussion Forums was written by recommended hair restoration surgeon Dr. Tejinder Bhatti:
Hey so both times after my hair transplants, I remember around day 7, I stroked the little hairs in the recipient area and they felt like bristles. After drinking pretty hard on the night of day 10, I noticed the next day that they softened. I assume this means that circulation has been established for the new follicles.
And then I wonder if binge drinking that night helped establish that, or was it just coincidence? Hmmmm… I had a massive headache the day after as a result of the drinking, and actually ended up throwing up later that day in a parking lot. Could this be the solution!? lol
When follicular units are placed into their respective recipient sites they are very short, usually 1mm to 3mm so of course they will feel coarse and stiff. However, there is another several millimeters of hair below the surface of your scalp that you do not see. After the grafts are placed, the hair shaft will break free of the follicle and begin to make it’s way out of the scalp. The hair appears to be growing but it is merely that more of the hair shaft is visible and the hair appears longer but it will fall out in a few days.
Because the length is increased it will not feel as stiff. You may also begin to notice how the hair or hairs will begin to point in difference directions. This too is because of the migration of the hair shaft out of the tissue right before they fall out completely before they slumber for the next couple of months.
Dr. Tejinder Bhatti
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