When do the hair grow back after a hair transplant ?
For many a key question is when do hair regrows after a hair transplant ? By all means the physical condition of each individual is different. This is also reflected in the growth of transplanted hair. Some patients have a quick recovery time, while others may need to wait longer for their hair to be restored.
In similar fashion, the terms “fast grower” and “slow grower” are usually used by hair surgeons. A “fast grower” is a patient who have recovered his hair after just six months. A “slow grower”, on the other hand, will have to wait around twelve months.
This article will explain all the steps of the recovery process after the hair surgery
Avoid sweating at all costs for 2 to 3 weeks !
You should avoid any physical activities for at least 2 to 3 weeks after a hair transplant. This in order to protect the hair and not to endanger its growth. Extreme sweating through strength training or other activities may irritate the scalp and damage your new grafts.
Furthermore swimming pool or sauna sessions are not recommended in the first month after the surgery. The same rule applies regarding exposition to UV rays from the sunlight or the solarium.
When can I expect my new hair to be visible after a hair transplant ?
The treated areas of the scalp will generate some crusts after the hair transplant procedure. However, they will detach from the skin within ten days. Many patients spend this time on a relaxing holiday to give themselves enough rest to regenerate. Once those crusts have fallen off, the scalp assumes a bright red to pink color that is similar to other healed wounds.
It takes about two to three more months for the skin of your scalp to return to its normal color. As mentioned before this process is individual and may take more or less time. Should you feel disturbed by the color of the scalp, a cosmetic concealer can be bought at your local pharmacy.
Choosing the right hair transplant procedure
If you opt for the FUT procedure, a strip of skin will be cut from your scalp. The threads used must then be removed within the next 14 days after the surgery. You can have this done by your doctor.
On the other hand, if the newer FUE procedure was used, there is no need to remove the sutures. Mainly because, unlike the FUT surgery, only hair follicles are removed from the donor area where a whole strip of skin.
Two to six weeks after a hair transplant
Patients usually lose many of the displaced hair again during this timeframe. However, this is perfectly normal and follows a specific hair growth cycle with three distinct and concurrent phases: anagen, catagen, and telogen phases.
Plus the grafts also suffer from an oxygen deficiency, as they have spent some time during surgery outside their natural environment. Therefore, the grafts initially fall into a resting phase (telogen) in which no growth takes place.
However, the hair papilla, which are responsible for the subsequent growth of the hair, are already optimally anchored in the scalp at this time. Once the anagen phase starts your hair will then start to grow anew.
Three to five months after the hair surgery
During this period, the new formation of hair or hair follicles begins. Again, the speed of this process is very individual and can not be accurately predicted.
In addition, pimples and bumps may form as the new hair shaft pushes through the skin. These impurities are part of the natural healing process and disappear completely in no time.
Six to ten months after the operation
The treatment area is now getting increasingly filled with new and strong hair. This process continues until the twelfth month after the procedure. The hair are almost completely regrown from this point and the final result of the hair transplant is finally visible.
No special care necessary during the healing process
To summarize patience is the key as only with time does the hair gain in strength and circumference. After the hair transplant the inserted grafts will continue to constantly grow throughout life.
Hairdressing or fashion styling will therefore pose no issues. Moreover hair spray or gel are also allowed for daily use. Albeit do bear in mind that those are mostly produced with chemicals, some of those being potentially harmful for the scalp.
We hope that this article gave you a better understanding of the healing process after a hair transplant. Should you have more questions, please don’t hesitate calling us. Our friendly team will happily answer them in details and give you precious advises for your hair.