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FUE Hair Transplant
We have all been there (by we, I mean hair transplant patients), after hair transplant surgery, you wish you had a time travel machine to fast-forward to a time when you can see the results of hair transplant—or at least the initial results. This is only possible via hair transplant growth timeline.
Recovery from follicular unit extraction FUE is usually quicker than follicular unit transplantation FUT given that it is less invasive. Whereas FUT patients may experience numbness and swelling for days, weeks—or even months after treatment. Luckily FUE patients tend to recover much faster, often experiencing no pain at all.
Advanced hair transplant methods use much smaller incisions than methods used in the fast—thus a quicker recovery process can be experienced.
Each patient experience hair transplant surgery recovery differently, however most patients report a smooth recovery due to the modern hair restoration methods used by doctors today.
This is a comprehensive, time-lined track record of hair transplant patient’s progression of hair restoration surgery and how they may look each month.
Days 1-5 after hair transplant
The first 10 days following a hair transplant surgery are the most crucial. We will now see via Hair transplant growth timeline; The next few days are marked by a wound-healing phase. The wounds resulting from FUE hair transplant are more likely to heal faster than FUT, which usually bears a larger scar. The wounds will start to close and heal as will be seen in dried blood crusts known as scabbing on both the donor area and recipient sites accompanied by swelling.
During the first 5 days, patients will experience swelling of the forehead and at the donor area (at the back of the head). You will notice some redness in the areas where all the tiny incisions where made to insert the new hair. The redness usually dissipates after the first week or 2. After only a few days, the donor area will no longer be sensitive.
At this point, avoid picking your head or prematurely removing the scabs and accidently misplace the newly transplanted grafts.
Days 6-10 after hair transplant
At this period of time, patient no longer experience any swelling and the redness should be subsided or about to fade. For each follicular unit implanted, a crust will form which is the attached skin layer drying out. During this phase, some hair transplant doctors instruct patients to gently remove the crust by thoroughly soaking the grafts, and then gently rubbing them with a finger. By day 10, all the crusts should be gone and the transplanted hair will appear like a newly cut hair. Any numbness felt at this time is normal.
Week 2-3 after hair transplant surgery
The transplanted hairs will start to shed at this time, and by the end of the 3rd week most will be gone as you see in Hair transplant growth timeline.
Don’t panic; this is a normal and an inevitable part of healing. The newly transplanted hairs will experience a phase known as “shedding” as the actual hair shaft is released, but the actual follicular unit and graft are secured and rooted in—which will grow a new hair shaft. This is an expected part of the normal hair cycle.
Month(s) 1-2 after hair transplant surgery
The hair follicles have entered into the dormant stage of their cycle. The duration of this phase can vary with each patient before they start to grow again. At this point, patients will look exactly as they did prior to surgery in terms of the amount of hair present. At this stage, patients are able to style and color their hair however they please.
Month 2-4 after hair transplant surgery
The new hairs should start growing. For some patients, the transplanted hairs start growing early in the timeline. However, other patients’ hair may start growing later.
Patients will see thin hair at this point as they start to come out from the scalp. Most of the native hair will be growing back. Any redress present at the donor area will be resolved.
Months 5-9 after hair transplant surgery
Patients will be able to witness a considerable amount of hair emerging from the scalp. Many of the transplanted hairs will be over 3 inches or longer—which can be groomed as desired. Toward the end of this phase, the hair will show textural changes and begin to thicken up. The donor area will be completely healed at this stage.
1 year after hair transplant surgery
Congratulations you have made it this far—with your new hair. One year after hair transplantation, patients complete about 80 percent of the transplanted hair growth, as most of the hairs will have emerged from the scalp. Patients may notice that the hairs have a little curving to them. This occurs because of the micro-scarring effect in the recipient sites. This resolves and the hair takes on its new shape over the next year.