"How will I look after the surgery?" "Am I uncomfortable?" "Should I take medicine?" "What special precautions should I take?" These are some of the most frequently asked questions doctors are asked about hair transplant "after surgery". And that's perfectly...
How Long Does It Take To See Results From Hair Transplantation?
Baldness is the leading hair problem in today’s times. Our stressful lifestyle and busy schedules make baldness inevitable. There is a solution for baldness, and that is Hair Transplantation! Thankfully, hair transplants have entered the picture in time to save the day of those who have been victims of baldness.
One of the first questions our patients ask about hair restoration operations is, “How long do I have to wait to see the results?” We have developed techniques that allow us, now more than ever, to achieve better results. However, this process does require a little patience. Cyber Hairsure Clinic, Hair Specialist in Hyderabad has a highly trained hair loss surgeons, who emphasize that everyone’s experience will be unique, and the rate of hair growth can be different for each individual.
We want our hair transplant patients to understand every phase of the process they go through before committing to it. We believe that patients must have realistic expectations about the procedure and the results they can expect to make a convincing decision about whether to proceed with a hair transplant. During consultations with prospective patients at our state-of-the-art facility at Cyber Hairsure clinic in Hyderabad, hair transplantation schedules are discussed in detail. Some patients do not know that the results of a hair transplant will not be immediate and that they will not leave the clinic with full hair. Many patients are surprised to learn that it may take a year for them to see the full results of their surgery. Although individual results can vary, the following general timeline gives you an idea of what to expect after hair transplantation.
What is a hair transplant?
When internal or external factors cause hormonal imbalances, the level of the DHT hormone, also known as dihydrotestosterone, begins to fluctuate. This hormone responds to your hair follicles and shrinks its blood supply, which gradually causes baldness.
The hair transplant procedure restores your natural hair and offers a permanent solution for your constant hair care. Hair follicles from the donor area are transplanted under local anaesthesia to the bald area, which is also referred to as the recipient area. Follicular units transplanted from the recipient area receive the characteristics of the donor area. As this follicular unit is taken from an area that is resistant to baldness, your hair will continue to grow for life without baldness.
Hair transplant procedures:
The two main methods for “harvesting” donor hair are:
The “FUT” procedure involves removing a “strip” or piece of skin from the back and sides of the head and then dissecting it under a microscope to get individual grafts from follicular units (groups of 1 to 4 natural-looking hair).
The same follicular unit graft is obtained from the FUE procedure. Still, in FUE the dissection process is carried out directly from the scalp using a small punch device (around punch <1 mm which “core” units of individual follicles and allows their extraction using forceps.
FUT leaves a linear scar that can be hidden under the remaining donor hair (usually from grade 4). The FUE procedure leaves small scars in places where hair grafts are removed.
Hair implants are implanted in small tiny slits (or incisions) in the bald area. Each hair follicle has its life cycle, which consists of a growth phase (Anagen), which can last between two and six years, and a resting phase (Telogen), which lasts for several months.
Most hair transplants fall into the resting phase and have an inevitable 3 to 4 month period in which very little new hair growth is seen. Transplanted hair tends to fall out in the first few weeks of recovery after a hair transplant, and therefore the initial results can look quite frustrating and thin.
In rare cases, some of the original root hairs in the transplanted area can also be put into a resting phase of their growth cycle (telogen), which leads to temporary thinning also known as losing shock loss. Provided that these hairs have more growth cycles, they are restored and grown, usually in the first 3-9 months after a hair transplant.
We note that thinning hair in the recipient area is rare in our clinic because we use techniques to minimize this phenomenon of shock loss. Certain hair loss medications, such as finasteride tablets, can also help stabilize existing hair and reduce the risk of postoperative shock loss.
This thinning, which is caused by the shedding of newly grafted hair and part of real hair, is often referred to as “ugly duckling” during the recovery period. Cyber Hairsure Clinic for Hair Loss Treatment in Hyderabad, will keep close contact with our patients during these first months so that we can encourage and calm them during this time.
The initial phase of rest or dormant phases passes within 3-6 months and starts an interesting time for new hair growth. Most hair transplant patients see a large part of their growth between 5 and 12 months after surgery.
Some patients notice surprisingly early and rapid growth that looks impressive up to 6 months after surgery. This can cause worry to other patients, but they can expect their new graft to grow in 12-months. Let us see in detail!
Timeline of hair transplant results:
After a hair transplant at the Cyber Hairsure Clinic in Hyderabad, slight pain, swelling and scabies develop. At the end of the first week, the swelling and pain will disappear, the full sensation must return to the donor scalp area, and the transplanted hair will look a bit like the hair on your beard after growing for a week. At this point, the overall plan continues as follows:
- 1-3 weeks: 0% of the final result: During this time, graft survivors are permanently rooted in their new location, but are still starting to shed. At the end of this period, most of the transplanted hair will be lost, which is entirely natural and can be expected when the follicle enters the resting phase.
Don’t worry if your hair falls out:Hair fall is seen after this initial recovery phase, where patients often wonder if there is a problem. However, it is normal for grafted hair to “fall out” in the first few weeks after surgery. After your surgery, the transplanted follicles enter the rest phase, where your hair falls out. However, the follicle does not go anywhere, and new hair starts to grow. When hair grows slowly only about an inch per month, you may not see your new head of hair and get better for up to three to four months after surgery.
Even so, your new hair hasn’t reached its full potential. Your hair keeps getting thicker and thicker, and although initial growth can be found, your hair will come out soon. After eight to ten months, your hair follicles will reach maturity, and after about a year after surgery, you will get the results that you have been waiting patiently for (although some people may approach 18 months).
- 1-4 months 35% of the final result: Some transplanted hairs begin to grow. Initially, the hair is fragile and delicate. During this time, regrowth tends to be sporadic because hair may not grow evenly.
- 5-6 months: 55% of the final result: The growth of new hair becomes much clearer. New hair must be thicker and longer. During this time, the texture starts to improve.
- 7-10 months: 70 % of the final result: Hair texture and thickness continue to improve, and new hair can now be maintained. Hair transplant results look impressive.
- One year to 18 months: 100 % of the final result: Optimal results must be achieved at this time. While subtle improvement can continue after one year, patients should have a good idea about the density and thickness of the transplanted hair. Now he can style, cut and arrange this permanent hair as he wishes. Implanted hair reaches its final stage.
- The final result of a hair transplant:
- Most patients can begin to truly enjoy their outcome from hair transplantation to the point of eighteen months with the right density, texture, and length. Finally, they can begin to free their minds from all previous operations and continue with their new hair.
How to accelerate hair growth after surgical hair transplantation:
Important facts that you should consider after a hair transplant to stimulate hair growth:
- You must eat a balanced diet to get the right nutrition for healthy and good hair quality.
- Use medications prescribed by your doctors, such as minoxidil, finasteride, multivitamins, and more.
- You can even apply oil to your scalp, and then the message will help you get good results.
- You should avoid your activities after a hair transplant for at least ten days. In this way, hair follicles can fully stick to your scalp.
- You should stop itching on the scalp because this can damage the transplanted area.
Timeline of hair growth after hair transplantation is very simple. Growth begins soon after and can cause folliculitis around a four-month scar. It will also fade over time, and instead, brittle hair will be replaced after four months of surgery. About eight months after surgery, the hair gradually becomes thicker and darker. After about eight months, the final pattern of hair growth becomes clear to the patient. All significant changes stop within 12 months, and the result must be full hair.
If you want to learn more about how our hair transplant procedure Cyber Hairsure Clinic can help you, please contact us at 040 49540202 / 8331020202. We can talk on the telephone and then book a consultation for you with our experienced Hair Specialist in Hyderabad.