You should be aware that there is a timeline during which you can expect certain changes to happen after your hair transplant surgery.
Immediately after the surgical procedure the scalp will have scabs and probably some blood clots. This is perfectly normal and is to be expected since the surgeons did cut into your scalp to perform the procedure.
Special washes can be used to carefully and gently remove blood clots. Your doctor can tell you when this can be done and they may even offer the service to you.
Up to about 14 days after the hair transplant was done you may find you are losing hair. This is called shock loss and is also a perfectly normal occurrence after having the procedure done.
The trauma of the procedure can cause hair next to where donor hair was taken or grafts placed, to fall out. This is not something that you need to be worried about as it is a common occurrence. Some of the transplanted hair may also be shed at this time, but again this is nothing to be concerned about.
The part of the hair that is shedding is not the root so you do not need to worry as the hair will grow back in due course.
Hair transplant timeline – what happens in the months post-transplant?
After a couple of months, usually about four months, you may find that you develop acne. This is because the hair is starting to grow back and the transplanted hair at this time is still not very strong.
This means the hair is trying to push through the skin but is finding it difficult, leading to an inflammatory response called folliculitis.
Between four to eight months after the hair transplant surgery, the hair is becoming visible as it grows back and the pattern starts to emerge.
The condition of these hair follicles may at first be quite poor with hair being quite thin and brittle. There is no reason to worry about this either and you should remember that the hair growth takes time.
One thing you can do is to eat healthy and keep yourself in good shape to help your hair grow back in good condition. Having poor health and eating junk food will not help your hair to grow back nice and healthy.
By about 12 months after the hair transplant your hair should have returned and you should now see the final results of the surgery.
It is important to understand that the timeline given here is the average for most patients who have had a hair transplant procedure such as the FUE.
It is possible that your timeline may vary a little from what is given here, but this is a useful guide to help prepare you for what is likely to happen and when it will happen when you have a hair transplant. You can visit the Vera Clinic site to find out more information about hair transplant and the expected timeline after a hair transplant procedure.