Hair growth timeline after hair transplantation

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Patience is a virtue, particularly with hair transplantation. It can be challenging to wait for the results to finally appear. To make it worse, not knowing what changes will occur and when to expect them, is only adding gas to the fire of your agitation. However, do not overwhelm yourself with stress, the whole process is very straightforward. Discussed below is the hair growth timeline after hair transplantation.

Hair growth timeline after hair transplantation

  • Right after surgery

The only noticeable change directly after surgery will be the hairline. The shape of the hairline will appear, and patients can predict, somehow, the pattern of hair growth. Of course, the predictions will not necessarily be accurate. However, they will provide a vague assumption.

The rest of the scalp, on the other hand, may not look very pleasing. There will be some scabbing and blood clots on the scalp. This is not permanent; most hair transplant clinics offer a clinical washing session the day after surgery. During this session, anti-clot shampoos and serums are used to gently remove the blood clots without damaging the freshly transplanted hairs. From here on to a fortnight after surgery, patients will not experience any further changes.

  • The first Two weeks after surgery

During this period, patients will begin to notice hair shedding. At times, patients quickly get into panic mode thinking they have somehow ruined their results. In reality, this is a natural part of the process and is essential for successful development. What is actually falling out, is merely the hair and not the root. The follicular unit is still intact and capable of regenerating hair growth. As a result, the new hair will be stronger and healthier. From two weeks up to a month, no further drastic changes will take place.

  • Four months after surgery

During this time, a particular symptom will appear that often initiates worry in patients: acne. It is common for the scalp to get infected with acne as new hair is beginning to grow. The hair that is growing is the same hair that started shedding before this stage. Since they are recently transplanted, the follicular units are somewhat weak and incapable of regenerating strong hairs. As a result of the hair’s weak structure, they are often unable to protrude through the scalp which causes acne. If we are medically talking, the proper name is called folliculitis.

Folliculitis initiates worry because it is often confused with infection seeing as how closely related the descriptions of the two are. To tell the difference is the symptoms begin to worsen gradually and are accompanied by pain, then you might be dealing with an infection. Otherwise, it is just good ol’ folliculitis that will fade within ten days approximately.

  • Eight months after surgery

Between the 4 months and 8-month mark, hair will begin to regrow. However, the hair will most likely be thin, brittle, and un-pigmented. It is during this period that patients will start to get a vivid idea of what the pattern of hair growth will look like.

  • One year after surgery

Once past the eight-month mark, hair growth will become more prominent, and the rate of growth will also increase. After the one year mark, no further drastic changes will occur. The patient will be left with the final result of the surgery. Minor adjustments might continue to happen after this by a few months.

To summarize

The hair growth timeline after hair transplantation is very simple. During the first two weeks, the transplanted hair will begin to shed. However, this is not a cause for worry. Regrowth will start shortly after and might cause folliculitis around the four-month mark. That too will fade away with time, and instead, brittle un-pigmented hair will replace them after four months of the surgery. The hair will begin to gradually strengthen and darken in colour until around eight months post-surgery. It is also at about eight months that the final hair growth pattern becomes apparent to the patient. By 12 months all significant changes will stop, and the final result should be a head full of hair.

With this post we are nearing the end of this series, we will close off this chapter with a post talking about complementary treatments to hair transplant.

  1. Gauthier GRANDGIRARD says

    The question is why it takes one year and not 3 month as it grow for 1mm a month?

    1. chirality says

      Hello! Because the transplantation process can be traumatic to some degree for the grafts, they need time to recover and adapt. Growth becomes noticeable around four months and continues to accentuate until around a year.
      Thank you for your question. For further inquiries, contact us at

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