The timeline for when a person will notice newly transplanted hair growing will vary person to person as genetics, quality of donor hair, and other factors will impact the frequency. For a guideline which most people will accept as a general timeline, see below.
• Day of surgery to day 5: These days are important and the doctor will provide information of how to care for the newly transplanted hair. Make sure to follow the instructions provided as failure to do so may negate the wanted results.
• Days 6 to 10: Swelling should be subsided and the redness should be very minimal, if even present. Patients may notice “crust” over the skin where it has dried but this is not cause for worry. People should continue to follow their doctor’s orders of how to remove crusts to prevent risk of infections. By the end of the second week the scalp should not have any more crust forming.
• Weeks 2 to 3: Don’t worry if the newly transplanted hairs disappear at this point. This is completely normal and no need for an alarm that the procedure has failed. The process is still “working below the surface”.
• End of the fourth month: At this point you should start to notice some of the newly transplanted hairs appear. Be aware that they will be thin but it’s normal as they’re still new and going through the growth process. They will get thicker in time.
• End of month 9: You should see a considerable amount of the donor hair arise from scalp at this point. The length of them should be about two to three inches. It still may appear thin but will thicken in the near future.
• End of first year: Approximately 75% of the donor hairs will now have come about and have a little curvature to them. Most of the hairs will have achieved desired thickness and the patient will notice a significant amount more of hair coverage.
• End of second year: This will be the final result of the procedure. It’s hypothesized that most men realize the full result from the procedure by the first year but doctors agree patients will recognize full potential by the end of second year.