I had a hair transplant seven months ago. So far, the density is good, not excellent. I’m looking to get another procedure. Do I have to wait, or can I get one now?
While you might be used to getting things the next day, thanks to Amazon prime, hair transplants do not work that way. You might have seen some results that look amazing by six months, but these are outliers. You shouldn’t consider another procedure until you have given your hair transplant twelve months to grow. Obviously, this only applies to previously transplanted areas. If you are looking to get a procedure in an area that hasn’t been touched, that would be fine.
Why You Should Wait 12 Months for a Second Hair Transplant?
Each hair follicle is independent, which means they enter the growing phase at different times. There are three phases to the hair follicle’s life cycle. The anagen (growth) phase, catagen (transitional) phase, and the telogen (resting) phase. Newly transplanted hair enters the telogen phase automatically. These hair follicles will stay dormant until the third or fourth month.
Even if you see a lot of growth in the sixth and seventh months, the hair follicles haven’t fully matured yet. The hair shaft diameter is just as important, maybe even more important than the number of hairs that grow in. The goal of surgical hair restoration is to block the scalp with hair. If you can’t see your scalp, you’re not balding. If your hair doubles in diameter from month sixth to month twelfth, your appearance would completely change.
Don’t rush into getting a second hair transplant unless you’ve waited at least twelve months for your hair transplant to grow. If you’re considering getting a second procedure to address a section that hasn’t been transplanted, make sure you consult with as many hair transplant surgeons as possible. Sending multiple consultations helps you get a consensus for the number of grafts you need. To get a graft estimate or price quote for free, click HERE.