After having a hair transplant many men pose that same question. Most people who undergo this type of intervention feel self-conscious about their baldness, since we know hair is a sign of strength, youth and confidence, and its loss is usually a trigger for self-esteem issues.
Patients hope to recover not only their hair, but also the lost time hiding because of hair loss. However, we must keep in mind that a hair transplant is not an intervention that offers short-term results, but a process that requires a lot of patience. For the average man, the final results of a hair transplant are visible 12 -18 months post procedure, although the truth is the timeline for transplanted hair growth varies from patient to patient.
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Within the first few weeks after hair transplantation, hair follicles enter the telogen phase, also known as the resting phase. During this period, grafts are adapting to the recipient area and the existing hairs in the transplanted follicles shed. This process is completely normal, specialists call it shock hair loss.
After the third month, transplanted hair begins to grow and the surgery results are quite visible. During this period hair is in the anagen phase, also called "the period of growth". Here hair follicles start following the normal growth cycle, but for others this phase may occur until the fourth month.
Greater density in the recipient area and a homogeneous hair growth are evident by the sixth month. Yet, we are halfway to the final results, and it is not until the eighth or ninth month that hair restoration is more obvious, as well as a significant change in the patient's appearance.
For the average patient, definitive results are achieved 12 months after the hair transplant. However, this time may vary depending on the genetics of each patient, as well as the area where grafts were placed. For those having a hair transplant in the mild-scalp or crown area, the results may take up to 6 months longer.
Yes, hair transplants are permanent if performed on a healthy scalp and by a highly experienced hair transplant surgeon. Needless to say, it is of utmost importance to strictly follow the doctor's post-op instructions, considering these have a strong impact on the hair transplant results. Your patience will be tested during the process; as we mentioned above, it is a long journey but it is quite likely you will be pleased with the results.
If you think that hair transplant is the solution to your hair loss problem, it is important to consult a specialist in order to find the exact cause of this condition and learn more about the alternatives available for restoring your hair.