How many hair transplant patients have growth that came in (or appeared) much thicker on one side vs. the other? I am almost at 8 months post-op and the right side of my head seems much thicker. I had just under 2300 grafts in my temple area and behind to compensate for the possibility of future loss. I had 2 techs working on each side and meeting in the middle. Is it possible the one on the right packed the grafts more densely? They appeared about the same right after.
In my hair restoration clinic I’d guess that, of the 40% of patients that show up for a 6 month scar check, there is a significant difference in growth between the left and right sides in maybe 1 in 4 people.
The hair growth typically evens out by the 1 year check although, on occasion, it lasts a bit longer. One of my patients who posted his hair transplant results, a blond fellow from North Carolina, definitely had uneven growth at the mid-point check. By his 16 month visit he looked fantastic and had even hair growth on both sides except for additional hair loss posterior to where we worked.
Early, uneven hair growth doesn’t seem to be placer-dependent. Sometimes it’s the right side, sometimes the left. Fortunately, it almost always works itself out.
William H. Lindsey, MD, FACS