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Stages of Hair Growth After a Transplant Surgery

Hair transplant surgery is one of the most effective ways to restore hair and for good reason. The survival rate for newly transplanted grafts is 90-95%. And with such a high success rate, people are curious to know how hair grows after transplant surgery. 

This article will show you how long you need to wait to see results, and what you can expect in the first few days and year after a hair transplant surgery.

Why does a hair transplant work?

Hair transplants work because of a principle called donor hair dominance. Donor hair dominance is a term that refers to the propensity of transplanted hair to retain its original characteristics after hair transplant surgery.

This means donor hair is more likely to continue growing in its natural pattern and texture, even after it has been transplanted to a new location.

While donor hair can be obtained from any part of the body, the hair on the back of the head is typically considered to be the best source of donor hair due to its high degree of dominance.

The First 4 Weeks After Surgery

In the first 7 days, you’ll notice your hair will start growing. However, this is only temporary because the hair will eventually fall out in a process known as “shock loss”.

Within 4 weeks, all the transplanted hair, traumatized by the surgery, will fall out. The good news is that you’re only losing hair shafts. The most important part of the transplant is the hair bulb or the follicle, and this is buried deeper inside the scalp.

The Telogen Phase

After the shock loss, hair enters the next stage called the telogen phase. In this phase, the hair follicle is resting, and you won’t notice a lot of hair growth.

This phase can last anywhere from 2 to 4 months so don’t worry if it seems hair growth isn’t progressing. Hair matures at various stages, so while some hair continues to shed, others are already in the telogen stage.

The Anagen Phase

In the anagen phase, the roots of the hair cells are dividing rapidly and new hair is born. Up to 30% of new hair growth happens in the 6th month after surgery.

It takes up to 12 months to see 90% of hair growth from your transplant. By the time the anniversary of your transplant comes around, your hair will have grown and thickened to its former density.

Growth After Hair Transplant Surgery

Hair growth varies from person to person, just as hair matures at different rates. The average person can expect to see about 30% hair growth after 6 months, and 90% hair growth by one year.

With planning, patience, and the guidance of an expert in hair restoration, you can have transplant results that last a lifetime.

Interested in hair restoration surgery? Get in touch with Dr. Cole’s team at 212-300-6666 in New York, and 678-566-1011 in Atlanta.