FUE Hair transplant procedures are great at restoring a hairline or filling out thinning hair but the best results are seen from those who have taken the best care during their recovery time. Hair transplants will always involve a certain amount of time for the recovery, healing and growth of the news hairs and patients in clinic frequently ask us how long it takes for the hair to regrow.
How long does it take for hair to grow after a FUE Hair Transplant?
You will be able to see the new outline of your hairline immediately following your hair transplant treatment but there is a recovery process involved meaning it can take up to 12 months for your final results to be seen.
0 – 7 days post FUE Hair Transplant
Immediately after your hair transplant you will be able to visually see the shape of your new hairline but this is not your final result. The follicles have been implanted into their new positions but there is a process of recovery they need to go through before you can start accurately judging your final results. You may start to notice some scabbing around the newly implanted hair follicles but your hair transplant surgeon will give you a spray to try and reduce this but the scabs will be very small and will heal quickly over a few days. You may also notice some swelling on the back of the head in the donor area. Swelling is only temporary and will reduce over a matter of days post procedure. Redness may be present over the graft implant site and you may experience some tenderness or soreness which can be managed with pain relief medication.
Your surgeon will give you a full list of aftercare advice which may include things like elevating your head whilst sleeping and when you can wash your hair post procedure. We recommend that you follow the surgeon’s recommendations and then both the transplanted and donor areas will settle down within 5-7 days.
Many patients return to work within 1-2 days after their procedure but some many prefer to take a week off to fully recovery if their workplace is unaware of your procedure or if your work is particularly strenuous.
Exercise including heavy lifting should be avoided for at least 10 days and we recommend not using steam rooms, saunas and any other activities that might cause excessive sweating too.
We also recommend that patients do not drink alcohol for around 7 days as this can affect the blood supply to your scalp which can affect the rate in which your transplant heals.
2 weeks post-procedure
Two weeks after your FUE Hair Transplant you may notice some hair loss in the areas treated. Your surgeon will have advised you on this, this is a very normal and common side effect from the procedure often referred to as shock loss. It just means the old hairs are falling out and there is no issue with your grafts taking root.
3-5 Months post-procedure
You may not notice a huge change to your FUE Hair Transplant results at 3 months. After your initial shock loss, your new hair will only be growing 1cm per month so it is going to take a little bit of time before it begins to resemble the result that you were hoping for. At 4-5 months your hair should have grown enough so you will be able to start to see what the final appearance is going to look like. You should continue to look after your new hair follicles as advised by your surgeon for 18 months post procedure. Your hair in the donor area should have fully grown back by this stage too.
1 year post procedure
As 12 months approaches your new hairs should have established themselves and be growing at a normal rate acting the same as your other hair follicles. After 12 months you will be able to have your hair trimmed or dyed.
The results of a hair transplant can take up to 18 months to fully be visible.
2 years post procedure
FUE Hair Transplants are permanent hair restoration procedures and aim to achieve lifelong results. At 1-2 years post-procedure no one should be able to notice that you have undertaken a hair transplant procedure and you will be completely free to have your hair in whatever style you choose.
For more information about what to expect during the recovery process of a FUE Hair Transplant procedure view our patient’s video diaries;
Doug’s FUE Hair Transplant Diary
Steven’s FUE Hair Transplant Diary
FUE Hair Transplant Before and after photos
FUE Hair Transplant Reviews
“I Had a FUE hair transplant last year at the Harley Street clinic. I was apprehensive at the consultation, wondering if it would work so only asked for half of the recommended hairs from the donor area, 1000 grafts (3000) hairs. On the day of procedure I had an excellent experience with Dr Reddy and all the staff. Now almost twelve months later achieved good results and will be going back for some more hair.”
William John – London
“I am now 8 weeks post op after a hair transplant with the wonderful and meticulous Dr Tam. Results are superb even this early, I am so pleased, there really was no pain at all, and I didn’t even need painkillers afterwards. I want to thank all the team especially Cat Rainsbury who made me feel really special.”
Jason – Bristol