So, the hair transplant is complete and the patient is looking forward to the results. The question of when the transplanted hair will begin to grow is perhaps the most important at this moment. Let’s take a look at the follow-up of hair growth process.
When the transplanted hair will begin to grow?
The timing of hair growth after transplantation has certain physiological patterns. Complete engraftment of the transplanted hair follicles occurs about 7-9 days after the surgery. Hair growth after transplantation begins in 2-3 days and reaches its maximum level in the 2nd week. At first, the transplanted hair may lag somewhat behind the rest of the hair. However, in the future, hair will grow naturally in the new location. As they grow, they will go through the normal stages of their life cycle.
All hair on the human body, including newly transplanted hair, has three main stages of growth:
- stage of active growth (anagen);
- transitional stage (catagen);
- Resting stage (telogen), when hair falls out and a new one grows up in its place.
Growth stages of transplanted hair
About 20-30 days after the surgery, the transplanted hair will gradually move into the resting stage, and the so-called “shock loss” will begin. This is a normal physiological process, so the patient does not need to worry. The main thing is that the transplanted follicle remains in place alive and healthy. This means that over time, all transplanted hair will grow back, gain strength and acquire a natural look.
The growth of the transplanted hair begins again about 3-4 months after the surgery. After about 6-7 months, usually 40-60% of the transplanted follicles have germinated, and the patient and the doctor will be able to evaluate the first results. The growth of all transplanted hairs is activated by 12 months after the procedure at the clinic. It is this period that is considered reasonable for summing up the final results of hair transplantation. During this time, the hair gains density and strength, and the doctor and patient can begin planning a second surgery if necessary.