Deciding to restore your hair maybe one of the biggest decisions you make. The FUE hair transplant is the most requested hair transplant technique today. Largely because it´s a minimally invasive donor harvesting technique. Subsequently healing is faster. Compared to conventional techniques. Of all the questions people ask. Hair transplant recovery, month by month is one of the top questions.
Firstly, give yourself time to recover from your hair transplant. You are making an investment in your appearance. As a result, your happiness and maybe self-confidence. So, try to allow a reasonable time for recovery. This can include time before returning to work. Depending on the working environment. Time before restarting an exercise regime. Be it a light or heavy work-out.
FUE hair transplant recovery starts immediately. For the donor and the recipient area. Each having different recovery issues. The first days are always important. To keep the hair and scalp clean. As well as free from infection. Follow the post-operative instruction provided to you. Including taking medications. Never take advice from a third party. Especially unqualified persons. Hair transplant recovery is personal.
Immediate FUE healing
Mild swelling over the forehead may occur. Especially when treating the immediate hairline. Due to medications used during the procedure. Naturally dissipating downwards. This is natural after a hair transplant. Usually lasting no longer than three to four days. Adjusting your sleeping position is suggested. Sleeping at a 45 degree position. To help the swelling evenly disperse.
Your new grafts are vulnerable for the first few days. Care should be taken to not touch or rub the grafted area. The FUE donor area is less vulnerable. That said, care is still required to not cause abrasion. Gentle washing is required. Using warm water and low water pressure. Often using a cup or beaker is best. To avoid dislodging any grafts.
A thin crust appears over the grafted area. No different to if you cut yourself. But on a larger scale. Do not try to remove the crust. By picking or rubbing at the area. As a result of washing the crust will naturally breakdown. Due to the hydrating and dehydrating of the skin. healing times may differ. Depending on the skin characterics and the size of the procedure. As a rule, most find by 12-14 days the recipient area is clean. Hair is growing longer in the donor area. Subsequently the small FUE spots become hard to see.
FUE hair growth
Hair growth after an FUE hair transplant is slow and progressive. It’s common the new hair sheds around 30 days post-op. The hair follicles enter a restoring or dormant phase. Partially induced from the procedure. As a result, in terms of hair growth, you are back to before your FUE. This resting phase last approximately 2 months. At which point the hair follicles start to regrow. Initial hair growth is minimal and often random.
At three months post-FUE. Commonly, around 10-15% hair growth is visible. The hair quality is often finer than normal also. As the first phase of new hair growth. Over time and numerous hair growth cycles the hair quality matures. Subsequently the hair quality and calibre become stronger and healthier overtime. This adds to the density and fullness of the hair transplant result.
Final stages of hair growth
Six months post-FUE is a benchmark for many. At this stage, around 50% hair growth is apparent. Consequently, the hairline is more defined. Framing the face to give a more youthful look. Behind, the hairline. Hair coverage is more even. Even though hair density has not fully matured. At this stage of hair growth. Many can start to realise how the full result will mature. With an improved hairline or healthier hair coverage.
Over the next six to twelve months. The remaining hair growth is expected. As a result it’s commonly discussed a hair transplant result tke 12 months to achieve. While this is partially correct changes still occur. with more hair cycles each follicle matures in hair quality. This may not always show visually. Sometimes the changes are subtle. More to the touch. How the hair behaves. For example, more body and fullness when combing and styling.
Changes to hair growth patterns
There are occasions when the normal hair growth cycles can alter after a hair transplant. As a result, always discuss directly with your Doctor. For some, the healing and hair growth can be a difficult time. Waiting and being concerned they will achieve the desired result.
Different areas of the scalp can seemingly regrow at different rates. This is true of the hairline and crown for example. Crown or vertex regrowth can often be a month or two behind other areas. leading to concern about the growth rate and result. Another reason hair growth and healing maybe different is treating repair hair transplants.
A repair hair transplant can offer many complications. Healing and hair growth are probably the main issues. This is usually due to previous damage to the skin. Scarring for instance. Can reduce the cardiovascular supply to the hair follicles. Slowing down hair growth as well as reducing the long-term yield. Discuss these issues with your Doctor prior to your hair transplant.
Always follow the Doctor and Clinic instructions. If you have a doubt it is better to ask. Rather than take a risk. Try to cover any concerns prior to your FUE hair transplant. As this will reduce any issues at a later date. If this is not possible keep an open discussion with your Clinic throughout the period of your hair growth.