85 Comments

  1. rahul
    September 16, 2009 @ 12:44 am

    is it possible to undergo hair transplant after having a hair piece on head(hair bonding)for a period of one year

  2. Bill - Managing Publisher
    September 17, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

    Rahul,

    Yes, and this is actually done all the time. However, know that hair transplant surgery usually can’t accomplish the same kind of coverage and density that a hairpiece can since donor hair is limited. Thus, it’s important for you to work with a quality physician to discuss what can realistically be accomplished for you and whether or not you’ll be satisfied with the outcome. Know also, it sometimes takes a couple of procedures to meet your goals.

    Best wishes,

    Bill

  3. Ted
    June 12, 2010 @ 2:00 am

    Hi,
    It’s been 6 months after a HT and the recepient area has white bumps where the folicles originate. Will these go away? Is there any way to smooth out these bumps so as they no longer will look like chicken skin?
    -Ted

  4. Bill - Managing Publisher
    June 13, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

    Ted,

    It really depends on what the “bumps” are. I’d recommend consulting with your hair restoration physician to evaluate what they are. If they’re something as simple as dry skin, it’s surely temporary. If it’s cobblestoning, they are permanent.

    Best wishes,

    Bill Seemiller
    Managing Publisher of this Community

  5. John
    November 26, 2010 @ 12:42 am

    Its been 6 months since my third HT. The HTs are growing in nicely and I thinks this is my last procedure. However, the donor scar on the one end didn’t heal very well and I was left with a bald spot. Is it possible to do a scar revision on one section of the scar without doing the rest? Also, do you have any suggestion as to why this my of happen? After three procedure the rest of the scar is very thin and I never had problem before. Thank you for taking my question and I look forward to you’re response.

  6. Blake aka - FutureHTDoc
    November 29, 2010 @ 8:23 pm

    John,

    Yes, it is possible to revise an isolated section of a hair transplant scar. As to why it didn’t heal as well this time, it could be due to anything from increased wound tension (from having a number of procedures), a different type of closure used by the surgeon, some type of activity you performed during this healing period that you previously didn’t, etc. I hope this helps! Also, feel free to review our recommended hair restoration physicians for your potential scar restoration procedure: http://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/hair-loss-doctors.asp

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  7. Jon
    December 17, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

    Bill,

    I had my HT completed 8-9 months ago and have very nice growth on my Left front, and no growth on my Right front. I have red patches on my right side from where the pimples were. I have been using neosporin and an antifungal shampoo per my doctors orders.

    My question is will my hair on the Right side eventually come in ie almost 9 months later with no growth?

    Thank you,
    Jon

  8. Blake aka - FutureHTDoc
    December 20, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    Jon,

    Although it takes up to a year for a hair transplant to fully mature, you should see fairly substantial results on the right side by now. You definitely could still see growth on that side, but I think there is also a possibility that you’ve seen continued hair loss on the right side of the scalp (men usually bald asymmetrically, with the right side thinning faster)and it’s making it appear like the right side isn’t growing.

    Granted, there are definitely a variety of possibilities – late growth, issues with implanting on the right side, progressive hair loss, etc. At this point, I suggest several things: First, if you are not already, investigate preventive medications (like minoxidil/Rogaine and finasteride/Propecia) that will help stabilize any progressive loss. Second, wait a few months for the ‘1 year mark’ and if you still aren’t satisfied with the result, make an appointment with the operating surgeon and discuss what he/she thinks caused the decreased growth (if it doesn’t thicken up in the next few months), and figure out how you’d like to progress from there.

    If you’re interested in consulting with another surgeon (at that point) please review our list of recommended hair restoration surgeons:
    http://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/hair-loss-doctors.asp

    Good luck!

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  9. AVD
    June 27, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    I am a 45 yr old woman and I had HTS 7 months ago due to frontal thinning of hair. I continue to have very thick back hair.I stress it was due to thinning of frontal hair. I had not gone bald. Now after 7 months, I see all the hair that I had before (which had fallen off due to shocking) back but not any more it appears. It has not thickened which is the reason for the surgery in the first place.I still see my scalp unless I mat the hair cleverly. I am truly saddened that it is not thick and luscious as I had wanted.
    My question, will the frontal hair continue to thicken after 7 months or does it just continue to grow in length? It was 1800 grafts surgery.

  10. Blake aka - FutureHTDoc
    June 28, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    AVD,

    At 7 months post-operative, you’re only at an estimated 50% maturation and will still see growth and additional thickening up until the 12 month mark. Personally, I would wait a full year before officially assessing your result.

    However, it does sound like you are seeing additional thinning while waiting for the result to mature, and if this is the case, I highly recommend researching and potentially utilizing minoxidil (Rogaine) for women:
    https://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/product/49/Rogaine-for-Women-1-Month-Supply/

    This product should really help maintain and thicken your current hair while waiting for the transplanted hair to mature. Make sure to check with a personal physician before utilizing this product.

    I hope this helps.

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  11. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    June 29, 2011 @ 5:41 am

    AVD,

    On average, you should expect to see about 70% of your transplanted hairs growing at 7 months post-op. While most of your transplanted hairs should have sprouted by now, you should continue to see some new hairs growing in as well as continued thickening of your hair transplant as the newly growing hairs become darker and increase in diameter.

    However, I suggest discussing your concerns with your hair restoration surgeon. An ethical doctor will be willing to stand behind their work in the event that the final results fall short of expectations.

    David (TakingThePlunge)

  12. Arjun
    January 15, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    Hi,
    I am 25 years old. I use to have very thick hair but now it’s all thinned out. I have male pattern baldness. Current stage is norwood 3a with thin hair at the crown. 2 months a go i had a hair transplant done in India and Ive lost all the hair that was implanted and looks like it’s all gone wrong. Now ive done all my research and know this is a part of the process but spending so much money……it does make you wonder!

    Anyway for the first 3 weeks i was using special shampoo given by the doctor. He then told me to use baby shampoo thereafter. Since a few days ago I was using small amounts of baby shampoo each night to wash my hair. Now i read that it has SLS and stopped immediately. Have I damaged my new hair already?

    I have an oily scalp and wanted to know what’s the best shampoo for me to use and how often should I wash my hair. I apply minoxidil twice a day (morning and evening). Should this be done on a clean shampooed scalp to increase effectiveness or what?

    Your help would be much appreciated.

    Thank
    Arjun

  13. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    January 17, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

    Arjun,

    I’m always surprised by how many hair transplant recipients are unaware of post-procedure shedding. As you have already learned, this is a natural part of the process and it’s normal for hair to appear thinner before new hair growth begins.

    Using baby shampoo three weeks after your procedure is perfectly safe. In fact, at three weeks post-op you can use any shampoo you like without fear of damaging your grafts. However, we always advise patients to follow their hair restoration physician’s aftercare advice. Thus, I recommend talking to your doctor before changing shampoos.

    There is much misinformation circulating around the Internet regarding sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). But, Coalition physician Dr. Bill Rassman has stated that these warnings are overblown in his opinion and it is nothing to be concerned about due to the very low levers of the chemical in hygiene products like shampoo.

    Best of luck1
    David

  14. Rick
    May 15, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    Hi, I had a HT of over 3000 grafts in August last year (just over 9 months ago). Following the procedure I used Nanogen Microfibres to continue to cover up my thinning hair. I wash the microfibres off every evening, but I’ve still not experienced any growth at all. I’m obviously concerned now that using the fibres has affected the results of the HT. Should I be worried? I assume I should have some growth by now?

    Thanks

  15. Blake aka - FutureHTDoc
    May 16, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    Rick,

    It’s unlikely that the microfibers affected your overall result. At 9 months, you should see about 70% maturation, so it’s probably best to schedule an appointment with the operating clinic and determine what’s causing a potential lack of growth at this time.

    Good luck.

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  16. Abhishek
    June 3, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    Sir my fue time is more than 5 months but my result are not good my area is only some hair thining grow pls suggest me

  17. Blake aka - FutureHTDoc
    June 4, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    Abhishek,

    At 5 months, your results are only around 30% matured. Because of this, the newly implanted grafts definitely have more time to thicken and grow.

    However, if you are concerned with the density or overall appearance of the new growth, I highly recommend scheduling an appointment with your hair transplant surgeon.

    Additionally, keep in mind that you should always wait a full 12 months before truly evaluating the results of a hair transplant procedure.

    I hope this helps!

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  18. Arun
    June 19, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    Hi,
    My question is very simple :).As has advised on some questions above,that one should make an appointment with transplantation surgeon after 5 or 6 months in case of any Perturbation.Will it gonna help what doctors can do after 5 months of surgery.Please,i am very concerned about this.

  19. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    June 21, 2012 @ 4:56 am

    Arun,

    You are correct in your assumption that there is nothing that can be done at 5 to 6 months after surgery to address complications. The follow-up is really for documentation purposes. This helps the doctor gauge the patient’s progress and ensure that the transplant is growing as expected.

    At this point, if there are any overt signs of a problem, the doctor may discuss a plan for a follow-up procedure in the event that the final results after one year are less than expected.

    David

  20. Abhishek
    July 5, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    Hi,
    Its been 3 months since i have gone through hair transplant procedure, still i can’t see any hairs on the area, i am using amexidil twice a day, is it safe to use it or should i use only minoxidil 5%, can these transplanted hairs fall due to sweat on head or due to itching on scalp and can i wear cap. plz suggest me on all my queries….

    Thanks

  21. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    July 11, 2012 @ 3:15 am

    Abhishek,

    At three months after hair transplant surgery, you are only just entering the hair growth phase. Typically the transplanted hairs will begin to sprout between 3 and 4 months post-op.

    I am not familiar with amexidil. However a quick search revealed that its active ingredient is also 5% minoxidil. It is perfectly safe to apply this to the recipient area and all solutions containing this active ingredient should be equally effective.

    Sweat and itching will not result in loss of transplanted hairs at this time. However, severe scratching of an itchy head is not good for hair growth. I suggest consulting with your doctor for a solution if this is occurring. Nizoral shampoo may help alleviate your itching.

    Be patient. You should new hair growth starting in the next couple of weeks but it will take a few more months before significant changes are seen.

    David

  22. SM
    July 23, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    Hi,
    Its been 12 months since i have gone through hair transplant procedure, still I can’t see any hairs on the area. I do see small thin hairs in those areas but never seem to be growing long or thickening. I did shave my hair after 14 days of my procedure after checking with the surgeon, but now worried if that had caused any damage. I have scheduled a follow up appointment with my surgeon for next month, but just curious/worried to know if thats the usual time frame or something wrong ?

  23. Blake aka - FutureHTDoc
    July 24, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

    Hi SM,

    By 14 days, the grafts should be completely anchored and shaving really shouldn’t affect the final result. Additionally, at 12 months, you should be around 100% matured, so you probably should schedule an appointment with your surgeon and discuss what he/she thinks happened. Additionally, if you’re looking for a second opinion, feel free to visit one of our recommended hair transplant surgeons: http://www.hairtransplantnetwork.com/Consult-a-Physician/hair-loss-doctors.asp

    Good luck!

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  24. Alan
    August 16, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    Hi, i’ve just had a Hair transplant. i washed my head as i was supposed to on the 3rd day and when i looked at the transplanted hair something caught my attention, i saw a good couple of hairs that were longer than the rest of the transplanted hair. when i looked carefully i noticed that grafts were only put in half way into my scalp. i could still see the skin that starts from the root of the hair follicle. is this normal?.. (basically my hair wasnt pushed in all the way when being transplanted into my scalp and i can see the skin sticking out along with the hair) please get back to me.

  25. Alan
    August 17, 2012 @ 1:56 am

    Hi, i’ve just had a Hair transplant. i washed my head as i was supposed to on the 3rd day and when i looked at the transplanted hair something caught my attention, i saw a good couple of hairs that were longer than the rest of the transplanted hair. when i looked carefully i noticed that grafts were only put in half way into my scalp. i could still see the skin that starts from the root of the hair follicle. is this normal?.. (basically my hair wasnt pushed in all the way when being transplanted into my scalp and i can see the skin sticking out along with the hair) please get back to me.

  26. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    August 22, 2012 @ 6:53 am

    Alan,

    It’s not uncommon for a very small number of grafts to be lost after surgery. Rest assured that two grafts won’t impact your final results.

    The extra skin should dry up and shed eventually but it’s always best to consult with your hair restoration surgeon regarding questions such as this.

    David

  27. Nathan
    October 18, 2012 @ 12:45 am

    Hi,

    I underwent HT on May 10, and its been 5+ months. I have been using minoxidal, but results do far are very very disappointing.

    I have shaved my head post HT, couple of times, do you think that would hamper growth?

  28. sahil
    November 15, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    hi,
    its almost 2 months to my ht and my doctor told me to avoid smoking which i did for first 10 days but again started to smoke like 8 to 10 cigaretes daily and i am also not using monoxidil and dusteramide tablets which has got side effects instead of that i am taking multivitamins tablets.will this affect my final result?

  29. Blake aka - FutureHTDoc
    November 20, 2012 @ 5:02 am

    Sahil,

    We usually recommend that patients follow their clinic’s post-operative instructions as closely as possible. How long did you physician tell you to refrain from smoking? As you know, the grafts are fully anchored and secure between day 7 and 10, but smoking can decrease blood flow to the scalp in general and usually is not advised in hair transplant surgery patients.

    Proven medications, like finasteride, should be discussed with your physician. As I’m sure you’re aware, these drugs affect the progressive nature of hair loss and can help enhance the overall appearance of a hair transplant procedure.

    I hope this helps!

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  30. Keith
    December 7, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    Hi,

    I had hair transplant 4 months ago to this day. I have great growth better than expected. I had the 2300 grafts in front of my head. The surgeon said he put more grafts on the right side as i had less hair then. My only issue is that my left side is growning great but my right although has hair growing it is not as much and there is a small spot where it look a liitle patchy (no hair)

    My question is, Should my hair on the right side even out as it is on my left and is it possible to still have small patches with no growth and this just fill in by themselves?

    As I said I am happy but hope that right side fill out more.

    Thanks

  31. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    December 11, 2012 @ 4:19 am

    Keith,

    After hair transplant surgery, it’s not uncommon for hair to begin filling in thicker on one side of the hairline. You are still quite early in the hair growth phase and I suggest waiting a few more months before trying to assess your hair transplant. In all likelihood, your hair will even out on both sides.

    In the meantime, I recommend discussing your concerns with your hair restoration physician in order to find out what his or her policy is in the event that you require a small touch up. Most ethical hair transplant surgeons will offer free or greatly reduced touch up sessions to address areas of low growth.

    Best of luck!

  32. Naga
    December 15, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    Hi,

    I had HT 3 months before,but still i am not satisfied the hair growth ( there is a GAP in between the hairs ).please tell how many days will take see the result in drafted area.

  33. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    December 27, 2012 @ 5:35 am

    Naga,

    Your hair transplant surgeon should have prepared you for the fact that hair transplant surgery results take one full year to mature.

    At three months post-op, you are only beginning to enter the growth phase. It will take at least 6 months to see a noticeable difference and then many more months for full density.

    It’s quite normal for hair to fill in in a spotty fashion during this time. By 12 months, all the growth should even out. If you still have areas of lover density at that time then you should discuss your concerns with your surgeon. A reputable doctor will stand behind their work in the event that your final results are subpar.

    Best of luck!
    David

  34. Abhishek
    January 11, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    Hi,

    It’s been one month since I had a transplant but I did not notice any major shedding. My doctor had told me that my hairs would shed in 3 to 5 weeks.I am very anxious. Please suggest.

  35. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    January 15, 2013 @ 6:02 am

    Abhishek,

    There is no need to worry. In most cases, newly transplanted hair follicles will shed in the first weeks after hair transplant surgery. However, a few lucky patients will find that most of their hair does not shed but continues to grow. You may be one of these lucky individuals.

    I’m sure everything is just fine. Try to relax and wait for your results.

    Best of luck!

    David

  36. krishnan
    January 22, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    Hi,

    I have done my hair transplantation just 2 days back. I know it is unfair to ask for the duration. but was curious in knowing the exact time for full view. please let me know..

  37. Bill - Managing Publisher
    January 23, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    Krishnan,

    Most hair transplant patients start to see small signs of growth between 3 to 5 months after surgery. However, it takes a solid year to 18 months for hair transplant results to mature.

    In my opinion and experience, the wait is the hardest part. However, while the process is long and patients typically experience some anxiety, growth does finally occur in time.

    I encourage you to take monthly pictures of your scalp from all angles and compare them to each other so you can watch yourself progress. If you’d like the support from dozens of hair transplant patients just like you, you are encouraged to share your experience and photos on our hair loss forum.

    Best wishes and happy growing!

    Bill

  38. krishnan
    January 23, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    Thank you Bill. I have few more queries. Please advise if I can wear a cap during my way to work or during travel, whether wearing a cap will cause any problem in the hair growth. Also I had expericing an intching issue and mistakenly I had touched the planted area with my finger just for a single time. As the doctor advised me not to touvh the implanted area for 10- 12 days will make any problem in the hair folicules. My doctor also advised to clean the donor area with a solution on the 2nd day from surgery. As the surgery ended in 21st jan shall I proceed with the cleaning in the donor area
    Thanks a lot.

  39. krishnan
    January 23, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

    Also Please let me know with the Itching problem it is really at it’s high and I can’t control that

  40. Bill - Managing Publisher
    January 24, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    Krishnan,

    You are free to wear a loose fitting baseball cap (that doesn’t touch the new grafts) immediately after your procedure. 7 to 10 days after surgery, you can wear a regular fitting hat with no problems and it won’t affect hair growth.

    It’s important that you follow your physician’s postoperative instructions. Thus, if your physician recommended that you use a particular solution to clean the donor area, it’s probably a good idea to use it. I think it’s safe to assume that if your physician advised to use it the 2nd day after surgery that it’s ok to use it on the 23rd since your procedure was the 21st.

    There’s not a whole lot you can do about the itching. In my personal experience, I’ve found that Aloe Vera Gel helps soothe/cool the area (donor and recipient) if you apply it all over. However, I’d advise waiting at least 5 to 7 days before you apply it to the recipient area.

    I also happen to like Nioxin shampoo and conditioner, which in my experience has a nice soothing and cooling effect that really helps with scalp itch (recipient and donor). While you could gently begin applying shampoo/conditioner to the donor area, I’d recommend waiting 5 to 7 days before you begin gently applying it to the recipient areas.

    Best wishes in restoring your hair in 2013,

    Bill

  41. krishnan
    January 24, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    Thank you bill for your advise… Hope for the best results…

  42. krishnan
    January 28, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    Hi Bill,

    I am sorry to keep on troubling u with the questions. Shall I tough my donor area now with the hands is that cause any problems. I am touching the donor area only. please advise

  43. krishnan
    January 29, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

    Also shall I start doing my Gym Workoutsw

  44. Bill - Managing Publisher
    January 30, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    Krishnam,

    You can touch the donor area at any time, just don’t pull up and down on your scalp. Also, each physician has their own set of instructions involving when it’s acceptable to workout and which exercises are ok. As a general guide, see “Weight Training After Hair Transplant Surgery“.

    Best wishes,

    Bill

  45. Baz
    February 25, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    hi!
    i had an FUE transplant 12 days after the transplant day i have start wearing a beenie hat,would like to know how bad or damages my transplant,plz
    thank you

  46. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    February 28, 2013 @ 5:51 am

    Baz,

    At 12 days post-op, there is no danger of harm to the grafts from wearing a beanie. At this point, the transplanted follicular unit grafts are firmly anchored and protected below the scalp. I do, however, always recommend that patients consult with their hair transplant doctor for specific post-operative care instructions.

    David

  47. Gaurav Hans
    March 10, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    Hi!!

    I want to confirm that is it possible to loose the transplanted hair as in my case intialliy i got very appreciating results of hair transplant surgery but then eventually i started loosing hairs and my condition became what it used to be before the surgery.

    Thanks for your response

  48. Pradeep
    March 13, 2013 @ 4:53 am

    It’s been 1 month and 10 days since I had HT. I now quite often see hair-roots falling out are in J hook shape. I think while inserting the follicle the root(papila) might have got bent.
    What worries me is that whether all such bent follicles will grow inside the skin(towards the skull) or come outside the skin?

  49. Rohit Rathi
    March 14, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    Gaurav,

    It is impossible that the newly transplanted hair will fall off with time..!!! These hair will be for lifetime now..!

  50. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    March 16, 2013 @ 3:11 am

    Gaurav,

    If your hair transplant surgeon harvested your donor hair from the “permanent” zone, it is highly unlikely, but not impossible, that it will ever fall out.

    Hair in the permanent donor region at the back and sides of the head should be genetically resistant to the effects of DHT. In most men, this hair will grow for a lifetime in the recipient area just at it would have in the donor area. In an extremely small percentage of men, this hair may eventually succumb to the effects of androgenic alopecia or a non-genetic condition.

    It is more likely that you have experienced continued hair loss of existing, non-transplanted hair. How much natural hair was remaining on your head prior to surgery? Did your physician recommend starting a drug treatment of Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) in order to stabilize your hair loss?

    I suggest having this discussion with your hair transplant surgeon. He or she will be best able to assess all of the variables and provide you with a solution.

    Best of luck!
    David

  51. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    March 16, 2013 @ 3:32 am

    Pradeep,

    It’s normal to stress and worry about the outcome of a hair transplant in the initial weeks after surgery. During this time, it’s perfectly normal for the hair follicles to shed and the hooked roots are nothing to worry about.

    Do your best to relax and wait for your new hair growth to begin in about two to three more months. You’ll need to wait a full year for your final result.

    Good luck!
    David

  52. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    March 16, 2013 @ 3:39 am

    Rohit,

    It is extremely unlikely but not impossible that the transplanted hair will eventually fall out. For the vast majority of men, hair harvested form the permanent donor site will continue to grow for a lifetime after surgery.

    David

  53. yash
    April 24, 2013 @ 5:06 am

    i got my hair transplanted on 2 april 13 .i m afraid , on 17 april my dr rub the receipnt area by cotton to remove the scabes .could u pls tell me is it harm for my grafts because lot of hair was remooved during this.

  54. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    April 30, 2013 @ 5:39 am

    Yash,

    There is no need to worry. Your surgeon knows that by 10 days post-op, the follicular unit grafts are securely anchored and well-protected below the scalp. There is no possibility of harm by rubbing the scabs off.

    The hairs that were lost are supposed to shed during this time. Your new hair will begin to grow in 3 to 4 months.

    Best of luck!
    David

  55. Ray
    April 30, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

    Great responses to the questions and it helped me with the concerns and questions I had. Thanks.
    Do you have any offices in the Dallas forth worth area?

  56. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    May 2, 2013 @ 3:15 am

    Ray,

    We are not a hair transplant clinic. However, we do maintain a list of recommended hair restoration surgeons worldwide. For a complete listing of all our recommended surgeons, click here. To learn about our criteria for recommending physicians, click here.

    In Texas we recommend the following surgeons:

    Dr. Bernardino Arocha

    Dr. Bradley Limmer

    Dr. Alfonso Barrera

    Good luck!

    David

  57. NDRB
    May 13, 2013 @ 6:20 am

    I am currently in a NW6-6.5-7 kind of a state. I have been using a hair piece for the last 4 years as all other treatments failed and my hair regularly fell. I have now had a 3600 graft transplant (FUE), covering most of my frontal region and a bit of crown. The top of the head is still vacant (only some pre-existing hair remain) and the crown density and the frontal density towards the center of head is less (hair line is good). Its been 1 month. I wanted to know the time i will have matured transplanted hair and what kind of density will i have? Do i need more sessions?

  58. Bill
    May 16, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    David. Thanks for an extremely informative blog. I’ve learned a lot from reading through the previous Qs and As and worry that my questions may be redundant, but I think I’ve got a new angle.
    Five months has passed since my crown transplant surgery and although I’m seeing some minimal whispy growth, there are still a few noticeable bald spots. I worry because I had a busy phase of many red zits on my crown transplant area for a while, but haven’t seen anything in over a month now. If the zit-like spots have stopped for that long, is it likely that I won’t have any more transplanted hairs grow in? Do transplanted hairs ever ‘sprout’ without noticeable red spots preceding the new growth? Thanks very much.

  59. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    May 17, 2013 @ 3:51 am

    NDRB,

    Congratulations on your recent hair transplant! Your hair restoration surgeon should have discussed the post-surgical hair growth timeline with you.

    In general, you should begin to see the first signs of new hair growth between three and four months post-op. It will take a full 12 months before you see the final results.

    Some factors that contribute to the illusion of density are the color and caliber of the donor hair, its contrast with scalp color, the density of the hair in the donor area and the number of grafts implanted per square centimeter.

    Without the benefit of viewing your pre and post-operative photos, I can’t comment on the final result you might expect. However, given the degree of hair loss you have described, you will likely need more than 3,600 grafts to achieve the appearance of a full head of hair.

    I recommend waiting until the results of this first hair transplant have fully matured and discussion your next steps with your surgeon.

    Best of luck!
    David

  60. Blake aka - FutureHTDoc
    May 19, 2013 @ 3:34 am

    Bill,

    At 5 months post-op, your results are only roughly 30% matured. Because of this, you still have plenty of time left to grow and mature (approximately 7 months and 70% maturation left). What’s more, it is definitely possible to have new hairs breakthrough without the noticeable red spots. At this point in time, I think you should monitor your monthly progress, but refrain from making any conclusions about your results until the 12 month mark.

    Good luck!

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  61. Mark swan
    May 19, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

    would like your help and and advise.

    I had an FUE hair transplant surgery exactly 7.5 months ago, it was all in the hairline and front of my head and I had 50 grafts per square cm density, total 4000 grafts.

    Arround 4 month post up the hair started growingn very fast and very good, and at 6 month I had a great result more than I had expected ( I was totally bold in the hairline and behind)

    However on the left side of my head (hairline and behind) I can see the density about 20 percent or 30 percent less than that of the right hairline this was the case ever since the hair started growing at 4 month, I thought his would change at around 8 months but it seems the situation is still the same. The density on the right side is very good and more than I would have ever dremt of, but this problem on the left side is making me concerned and it make the hairline look a bit un natural due to the difference.

    also a very small area about 2 sq cm on the front of the hairline on the left hadn’t seen any growth but very few hairs I can see .

    what do you think the problem is? can I expect to see more growth a few month later, do you think the left side will see more density in few month? do you think the left side is not getting good blood supply? is this normal at 7.5 months?

    Note the right side is almost perfect with density and all with no one single flow, which make the imbalance very cosmetically un acceptable.

    what could have went wrong? Please advise me and it is much appreciated. and thank you in advance I am thinking about having another transplant to to cover this problem what you recommend?

  62. Nabil S
    May 20, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I am out of FUE surgery now one month and 10 days, and my scalp is not red and nor itchy and it feels normal, my questions is, Can I swim in the sea? and sit in the sun wearing a hat? and could the sun damage the grafts even if I wear a cap? is it true that the UV rays can kill the grafts even if you are wearing a hat?

    also if It is not recommended to swim at this time can I swim with a swimming cap on, of course I am talking about swimming in the sea not in a swimming pool. Please let me know.

    Thank you in Adnace

  63. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    May 21, 2013 @ 5:06 am

    Mark,

    There is no need for worry at this stage. At only 7.5 month post-op, you’ve got at least 30% more growth to come before your hair transplant fully matures. In other words, you’ve only seen about 70% of your final result thus far.

    It’s very common for one side of the hairline to develop first. The other side should eventually catch up but you’ll need to wait a minimum of 12 months before assessing your results.

    In the meantime, there is nothing wrong with discussing your concerns with your hair transplant surgeon and forming a plan for moving forward in the event that your final result is less than optimal.

    Best of luck!
    David

  64. David (TakingThePlunge)
    May 22, 2013 @ 3:31 am

    Nabil,

    It’s safe to swim in the sea three to four weeks post-op so you should be just fine.

    UV rays can have a negative affect on wound healing after surgery and it’s best to keep your scalp protected for the first few months. This can be achieved with sunscreen or by wearing a hat.

    David

  65. Rohit
    May 30, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    Well its been 3 months exactly, i gave got my side and a hairline transplant done, and after reading all the posts I understood that at least 9 months is required to see the results of the hair transplant.I am a very good looking (26yrs) and the losing hair is the biggest nightmare of my life. I would like to know Will I ever be able to get a decent density with my hair as I am very sure that I would require another session as the crown is also thinning. I would like to to see someone who has undergone this procedure just to see the density that can be best expected,I see Salu the bollywood celebrity I dont know what has he done it looks too good and undetectable that he has ever had this issue.

  66. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    June 1, 2013 @ 3:09 am

    Rohit,

    The outcome of a hair transplant depends on a variety of factors that include; degree of hair loss, density of hair in donor area, caliber of hair follicles and the contrast between scalp and hair color among others.

    Given that I do not have any information about any of these factors, I cannot predict if you will eventually get the final result you are hoping for.

    Three months is much too early to start assessing your procedure. You are correct that it will take about 9 months to see a significant improvement and one full year for the final result. Only then will you have the answer to your question.

    However, there are many examples of hair transplant results on our hair restoration forum for you to view. You may wish to try contacting patients in your area who are willing to meet with you in person.

    Good luck!
    David

  67. Chintu
    June 1, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    Hi,

    I had gone through a hair transplant surgery almost 1 and half months back..I took extreme care however all the hairs shed away within 1 month..now I look pretty much as before..Afer 1 month I also had few cigarretes(1 per day).Kindly suggest whether I will get visible result or not as it is really depressing for me.

  68. David (TakingThePlunge)
    June 4, 2013 @ 4:09 am

    Chintu,

    I’m always surprised when recent hair transplant patients request information about the hair growth timeline after hair transplant surgery. Your hair restoration physician should have discussed with you when to expect visible results. One and half months is much too early to be looking for new hair growth.

    In the first weeks after surgery, it is perfectly normal and expected for the newly transplanted follicles to shed. Given that some patients also experience additional shock loss, it’s common for some to appear even balder during this time than they did prior to the procedure.

    New hair growth should begin to appear between the third and fourth month. However, all of your grafts will not begin to grow at the same time. Instead, the new growth may appear fine and uneven. Don’t worry. It will eventually fill in.

    The final results will take one full year to materialize.

    While smoking can have a negative impact on the healing process, I highly doubt that one cigarette per day beginning one math post-op will affect your results.

    Try to keep your mind off of your transplant as much as possible during this early phase. You’ll be surprised how fast time will fly and before you know it, you’ll have a nice new head of hair.

    Best of luck!
    David

  69. mohammad yasin
    June 6, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

    hi
    i had fue ht 7 days ago now i have some pain in downer aria and i have swelling in my forehead and eyes and swelling will be more after sleeping please help me

  70. David (TakingThePlunge)
    June 11, 2013 @ 5:01 am

    mohammad,

    Swelling in the first week after hair transplant surgery is common and will not affect hair growth.

    Sleeping at at an incline will help reduce swelling during sleep. If swelling persists after the first seven days, contact your physician.

    Best of luck!
    David

  71. Farid
    June 21, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    Hi
    I did a mega session of 5000 grafts about 3 months ago and a couple of years before i did 2 small session which was about 3000 grafts and since 8000 grafts been harvested from my donor area now my donor area looks quite empty and I can’t keep my hair very short as it doesn’t look good and I was wondering if I can fill up my donor area with my leg hair as I do have quite strong and black hair in my legs and if I go ahead with such procedure will the leg hair survive in the donor area permanently or will it be temporary? If you could kindly enlighten me upon it would be of tremendous appreciation. Thanks

  72. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    June 22, 2013 @ 3:41 am

    Farid,

    Let me begin by saying that leg to scalp hair transplantation is certainly possible and has been done successfully. See the following discussion from our Hair Restoration Forum, BHT 2 YEAR UPDATE [Video] – Dr. Umar patient.

    However, body hair transplantation (BHT) is a highly specialized and technical procedure and not all hair restoration surgeons perform this delicate work.

    I cannot advise you if leg hair is appropriate for your specific case because this will depend upon a number of factors such as, the density and caliber of your leg hair, the characteristics of the scalp hair in your donor area and the number of follicular unit grafts required to effectively fill in the areas of concern among others.

    The best course of action that I can recommend is consulting with a skilled and experienced hair transplant surgeon practicing BHT. You may wish to begin by contacting one or more of the hair restoration physicians recommended by the Hair Transplant Network. If you like, you can even schedule online consultations with the physicians of your choice.

    I also suggest visiting our hair loss forum where you can research physicians performing BHT and seek advice from our knowledgeable patient and physician members.

    Good luck!
    David

  73. mandeep
    July 11, 2013 @ 1:10 am

    Hi ..
    My question to you is that when can I go for clippers after ht to cut my hair short ..its been 1 month now .. you think I should do it or not

  74. David (TakingThePlunge)
    July 15, 2013 @ 1:25 am

    Mandeep,

    One month after hair transplant surgery, it is perfectly safe to use hair clippers to cut your hair.

    David

  75. william leeson
    July 18, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    the comments here have been very helpful, now I know at 7 months post op I still have 30 percent more growth to look forward to. I’m hoping to get eneough density to stop using the hair thickening fibers but if my scalp isnt hidden I’ll keep using the fibers. They seem to really enhance the HT while waiting for full results to grow in.

  76. Chintu
    July 21, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    Hi David,

    This is my second post.It has been 3 months after my transplant surgery. I am applying minioxidil regularly over the transplanted area, but very less hair has started growing till date. I had to shave my head after 3 months due to some cultural traditions with rezor. I am really scared whether it will have any negative impact over my result.Please suggest.
    Regards,
    Chinu

  77. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    July 31, 2013 @ 2:52 am

    Chintu,

    Don’t worry. At only three months after hair transplant surgery, you will not yet see any significant hair growth. You are only just entering the start of the growth phase.

    It is also much too soon to see any benefits from Rogaine (minoxidil). I suggest that you continue applying it as directed for between 6 months and one year before assessing your results. If you do see hair growth, you’ll need to continue using it indefinitely in order to maintain your results. Once you discontinue use of Rogaine, hair loss will eventually resume.

    Shaving your head should have no negative effect on the final outcome of your hair restoration procedure.

    Try not to worry too much. I’m sure things will be looking just fine in a few more months.

    Good luck!
    David

  78. Mark
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:08 am

    Hi,

    I am at 5 months post op with super results and full coverage on my right side(hair size 2 inch.)

    On the left side unfortunately till now no good coverage!

    Can I still expact new hair growth?

    I remember well, that between 10 and 18 days post op most of my 4750 graft were gone and I guess that the 2 inch hair which I can see now are the transplants which didn´t fall out.

    I am really scared that there won´t grow much hair on my left side and wouldn´t combine with the other side.

    Thanks in advance

    Mark

  79. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    April 30, 2014 @ 4:24 am

    Mark,

    It’s very common for one side to develop faster than the other. At only 5 months post-op, you’ve got lots more growth and maturation to come. It will likely fill in over the coming months.

    However, it’s always a good idea to discuss your concerns with your hair transplant surgeon and talk about what your options are if your results are sub-par after one full year.

    Good luck!
    David

  80. Waj
    September 29, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

    Hi i recently had my 1st hair transplant. The doctor gave me a new hairline for a younger look. The hair/crust has started to shed now. A week on now i’ve started to heel and shed crust/hair. The place where he constructed the new hair line feels all bald now. Is this normal or should i be feeling a stubble touch there?

  81. prateek
    December 15, 2014 @ 5:00 am

    Hi
    I did FUT hair transplant more than 2 months ago but i fell insted of gaining hair.. i have lost a lot of hair and i look more bald than what i use to look before the procedure … i am really concerned now

  82. prateek
    December 15, 2014 @ 5:19 am

    Is it shock loss

  83. Coolbreeze
    June 16, 2015 @ 7:06 pm

    Hello, I did Neograft In January of 2014. I immediately had great results and it continued even into the first 6 months after, where my hair was dense and full. At about the 1 year mark, I started to see less life and thinner hair happening. At this point, it seems like its continuing to go down hill. Does the hair go through a shedding phase at different times, and will it get thicker and have more life again? I still have quite a bit but the texture and body is a lot different now.

    Thanks!

  84. Chris
    June 17, 2015 @ 9:33 am

    Hi,

    I’ve read a lot information in the posts above which have put me more at ease with the overall coverage.
    I had 1600 FUE grafts done 9 months ago for male pattern baldness. I’m not as happy as I would like to be however I also know I need to wait for the 12 month mark. With the right amount of hair product and certain styling, I can make it more passable. My only other concern is the recipient area. When I wash my hair, the whole area feels different to the rest of my scalp plus the scarring is still visible for every implanted follicle. It is a tiny tiny scar however it still resembles the plug look.
    Do you have any recommendations in regards to minimizing the scarred recipient area or will that in turn disappear with time also?

  85. George L
    November 19, 2015 @ 1:00 am

    I had fut about 6 months ago. My hair started to fall out at the 4 to 5 month period , because of this late stage of hair loss will it take longer for me to see some good growth? Is it normal to lose hair at the 4 to 5 month term? Am worried.

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