Two to three weeks after a hair transplant it is normal for the transplanted hair to fall out. This is nothing to be worried about, as the transplanted follicles should start growing new hairs to replace the lost ones. It is worth noting that, in general, hair growth is quite a slow process and the initial signs of regrowth can take anything from three to four months, depending on the hair’s natural growing cycle. This differs from person to person.
Accordingly, as your hair starts to grow at it’s regular rate, it can take up to eight months for new growth to really be visible. We would hope that by one year post-op, you will see the full effect of your transplant.
A frequent question we get asked is whether everyone will know that you’ve had a hair transplant during the regrowth period. The most obvious way to avoid unwanted questions is to cover your head. If you do not do this, we would recommend a three week recovery period, by which time the most noticeable signs that you have undergone a procedure will be lost. It is important to bear in mind that for both FUT and FUE the area involved in the transplant will be shaved prior to treatment to provide the correct surgical environment and to protect your existing ‘healthy’ hairs. Thus, if you do not already wear your hair in a close-cropped style, there will be an inevitable change in appearance.
After the procedure, as your hair begins to grow in, you may find people asking if you’ve lost weight. This is normally because they have noticed something different about you but cannot pinpoint exactly what has changed. This indicates to us a successful treatment, as we have enhanced your appearance, but maintained a natural looking finish.
Hair transplants are largely risk-free. You can be assured that by trusting your care to our highly experienced team, the process is likely to go without a hitch. In rare cases there may be some bleeding, or risk of infection. Antibiotics are often prescribed post-surgery to minimize the chances of this. Occasionally patients may experience unnatural-looking new growth or shock loss (sudden loss of your original hair). Over time this should settle down; the new hair will start to resemble the surrounding, original hair and any shock loss should be temporary.
Post-hair transplant care
Following a hair transplant, it is normal to be prescribed medication to minimize hair loss. The two most commonly used are minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Preopecia).
Minoxidil is a liquid that is rubbed into the scalp to stimulate hair growth. Finasteride is a pill, taken daily. It slows hair loss but is less effective in men over the age of 60, who may benefit more from minoxidil treatment. These treatments should slow down or prevent further hair loss, enhancing the effects of your transplant and hopefully reducing the likelihood of needing further surgery.
Another option is to undergo PRP therapy. Platelet-rich plasma is extracted from your own blood and injected into your scalp. This stimulates the hair follicle cells to grow hair. PRP therapy is not the same as stem cell therapy, but the platelets will accelerate the activity of stem cells located in your scalp.
We will discuss the options for further, follow-up treatment with you after your transplant.