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Waiting 8 to 12 months between transplants is normal. Within that time frame the transplanted hairs will all be growing, allowing patients to decide if they would like additional thickness or coverage. Results and how the patient feels about them matter most.
Patients are also viable for procedures that graft onto areas that recently have not had a transplant. While like any other procedure, patients should remember that any trauma to the scalp can contribute to the chance of shock loss. Additional procedures, logic goes, further increase the chance of this temporary side effect. Expect us to cover such nuance and other aspects of hair transplantation during consultation. Use our free consultation form to arrange a time. We only require 720p to offer an accurate assessment for most patients.
The time patients need to wait between hair transplant procedures depends on several factors. These include the type of hair transplant procedure, rate of recovery, and necessity of such.
Hair transplant procedure type can, in part, set when, or if, patients should have their next procedure. Another hair transplant procedure is not always a possibility with older hair transplant methods, such as scalp reductions. Thankfully, patients who choose between the two most prominent hair transplant methods today, FUT and FUE, do not have such restrictions.
Even though patients can undergo multiple FUT and FUE procedures, there are differences to consider. FUT leaves a large, orbital scar that both decreases the amount of viable donor follicles and, if FUT scars stack, can be very noticeable. FUE does not leave such scars, but each procedure uses patients' finite amount of grafts and, after a certain amount of extractions, additional FUE procedures can cause noticeable thinning in donor regions. Many patients who choose FUT for their first procedure choose FUE for future ones, as it still may deplete donor follicles but does not cause an overt scar.
The rate of recovery also matters a great deal. Near all patients' follicles begin activating around two months and will continue activating for the whole year. Dr. Cole typically suggests a follow-up appointment after 10 months to check in on progress. Cytokine Rich Plasma (CRP), Dr. Cole's unique variant of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), has five to eight times the growth factors as generic PRP and can significantly hasten the post-op recovery process. Transplant patients treated with CRP enjoy 99% follicular activation within four and a half months, more than twice as fast as transplant patients who choose against CRP. Convenient, this faster rate of recovery also potentially allows hair transplant specialists to perform another procedure in a shorter window of time.
Last, patients should ask themselves if they need to undergo another procedure. Results matter most. Some patients who planned for a string of additional transplants decide against it after finding their current results satisfactory. As a general rule, patients should take on additional procedures if they want to bring their hairline forward some more or if they want to add further density to any thin areas.
Contact us if you have questions about concurrent transplants or anything else.