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Most patients should wait 8 to 12 months for their transplant to grow out before deciding on the need for a subsequent procedure. Results matter. While some patients may like their results others may want greater density or coverage. Patients can arrange procedures to graft into areas that have not recently had a transplant. Patients considering these additional procedures should remember, though, that chances of shock loss increase as the scalp receives more punctures. Of course, Dr. Cole or a Forhair rep will explain that and other factors during consultation. Send photos here or by using the free consultation form.
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.