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Hair transplant healing time depends on the method. Older hair transplant methods would require months of total downtime. New methods like FUT and FUE require significantly less time. Still, transplant type matters: FUT requires three months or more to completely heal while most FUE patients fully recover within two weeks. FUE continues gaining prevalence, and is the latest hair transplant method available, so the below answer will go further into healing times for FUE.
The least invasive hair transplant method yet, near all FUE patients are completing most work-related tasks after the procedure. Dr. Cole's namesake FUE variant, Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®), is among the least invasive hair transplants and patients' ability to continue their schedule, with some temporary adjustments, the day after the procedure is yet another benefit of the transplant type. Such minimal invasiveness also limits the chance of swelling or shock loss (temporary loss of non-transplant hair), to potential complications from the procedure.
Whatever the FUE transplant type, grafts currently require 10 days minimum to fully take root. For that duration, patients should avoid strenuous activities or touching the head (unless for care and/or maintenance).
Transplanted hair will start falling out two or three weeks after the procedure. Avoid panic! This is perfectly normal and is not the shock loss that can occur in non-transplant hair follicles. Transplanted follicles will reinitiate growing hair around two to five months from the procedure. Transplanted follicles will continue activating and growing six to nine months from the procedure and will be 100% active within a year.
Patients who would rather have their hair sooner than later have options. Cytokine Rich Plasma (CRP), Dr. Cole's unique variant of the popular Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment, has five to eight times the growth factors as generic PRP. Transplant patients who receive CRP treatments the day of the procedure enjoy follicular activation significantly sooner. 99% or more of CRP-treated transplanted follicles activate within four and half months, less than half the time as recovering from FUE without CRP.
Throughout the healing time, and after it, expect Forhair to actively follow up with you. We want to know the current state of your recovery, as well answer any questions you may have. Please, look at our CIT® recovery timeline on the Procedure Overview page. Alternately, contact us if you have any questions.
Scabs from hair transplantation will generally fall off the donor area within three to five days and the recipient area in seven to ten days. We have products that can further speed this process. You can purchase a post-op kit from us with products containing antioxidants that absorb the free radicals, thus speeding the healing process. Visit the HairCycle kit page for more information on treatments.
Patients who opt against the kit will need to mix a special salt water mixture to “mist” the recipient area and keep scabs moist. We can give you the correct ratios to mix. You will also need to exclusively use baby shampoo for 2 weeks and not use any styling products as they almost always contain alcohol, fragrance, and chemicals that can dry out and damage the grafts. You may have a pink tinge in the recipient area for up to 3-4 months if you are light skinned. A dab of make-up can easily hide this and it is not really all that noticeable anyway. Your hair will grow back at whatever speed your hair usually grows. Those who want to grow their transplants faster should read about our CRP treatment.