Hair growth timeline after hair transplantation

Patience is a virtue, particularly with hair transplantation. Contrary to what is commonly assumed, hair transplantation is not a procedure with results that appear on-premises. The process of recovery, the fruits of the wait, are spread out on a 12 month period, with minor changes gradually building up towards the final picture. The progress plan, the hair growth timeline after hair transplantation, is characterized by standard sporadic milestones that serve for a purpose in the cycle of flourishing. The success of the development relies on knowledge and familiarity with the rudiments of hair growth, that can alleviate your anxieties through the vicissitudes of the process, and assist your schedule management by sharing the prospect appointments of progress.

Hair growth timeline after hair transplantation

Right after surgery

The only noticeable change directly after surgery will be the outline of the hairline, the shape will have been discussed between the patient and surgeon and consented upon prior to the start of the operation. The premises visibly outlined by the hairline can provide a nuanced assumption and a vague prediction of hair growth and the final picture.

As for the appearance of the scalp, the facade would mostly be a prosaic canvas of blood clots and scabs. However, the tolerating of the unpleasing semblance will only last night, as most hair transplants centres, at least the Vera Clinic, provide a clinical washing session that can delicately remove the obstinate clots and scabs through applying specific products. From here on to a fortnight after surgery, patients will not experience any further changes.

As for pain, discomfort, and other symptoms of recovery, your surgeon will provide you with a medical package of products and medicines necessary for healing as well as instruct you on their use. In general, the symptoms begin to assuage gradually during this period; the zenith of discomfort is typical during the first few days.

The first Two weeks after surgery

During this period, patients will begin to notice hair shedding, an inherent aspect of development that is notorious for kindling the fires of worry and apprehension. Hair shedding is to be certainly anticipated around this time, and it is essential to note that the structure shedding is merely the hair, where the essential part, the follicular root, is still intact and secure.

The shedding will create room for the formation of brand-new hair structures that are stronger and healthier. From two weeks up to a month, no further drastic changes will take place.

Four months after surgery

The hair that was shed will begin to grow, however, because it lacks in strength, it cannot penetrate the scalp, which will cause the onset of a skin condition known as folliculitis. The acne is most likely to fade within days. You may visit your local pharmacy for quick remedies if the discomfort is unbearable for you.

Folliculitis can be mistaken for an infection and vice versa, to set the murky line of different straight, infection would come in conjuncture with symptoms of inflammation that will progressively get worse throughout time. Whereas folliculitis and its symptoms will dimish within 10 days to signify you were dealing with the good ol’ folliculitis that will eventually fade.

Eight months after surgery

Between the 4-month and 8-month mark, the hair will begin to grow at a higher density than had previously been seen. Some hair will lack pigmentation and appear brittle, but the structure of the hair will successively enhance tin terms of pigmentation and strength from thereon.

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.

Regarding activity and styling 

Regarding activity and styling timeline after hair transplantation, the timeline is as follows in the schedule attached below:


  0 days – 15 days

  1 month – 1.5 months

  3 months – 12 months  

Eliminating the use of headbands

3 days

Avoiding tobacco consumption

               3 days

Reducing salt and sugar intake

               5 days

Avoiding alcohol

               5 days

Avoiding sexual activity

               7 days

Sleeping at 45 degrees angle

7 days

Avoiding contact with dust

             10 days

Eliminating the use of a medical hat

11 days

Avoiding strenuous activity

15 days

Avoiding swimming in pools or beach


1 month

Avoiding the use of blow dryers (cold or hot air)

1 month

Avoiding the use of styling products

1.5 months


Avoiding the use of scissors on the recipient site

1 month

Avoiding shaving with a shaving machine

3 months

Avoiding hair dye

6 months

Avoiding shaving with razor blades

12 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 Comment
  1. Gauthier GRANDGIRARD says

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

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