What Happens After a Hair Transplant?

By Dr. Aydin Yıldız

Hair transplantation is becoming unceasingly popular with men looking to restore the hairline of their youth. With the advances in technology, hair surgery can offer excellent results at even cheaper rates. Long gone are the days when you have to spend over £15,000 on a single transplant procedure. 

With lots of information about the procedure available online, and across a number of hair clinics, it's easy to educate yourself about the process of a hair transplant, and how it all works.  However, what isn't as clear is what happens after the transplant itself. 

So, in this article, I will explain what typically happens after a hair transplant procedure, and provide answers to typically asked questions about the subject. 

How long does the scalp take to recover after a hair transplant procedure? 

Cases will vary with each individual, but It can take several weeks, occasionally several months to heal. Scabbing will form over the transplant sites and solidify the first few hours after the procedure. These scabs will naturally fall off within 2 weeks. Some of the transplanted hairs may fall off with the crusts.

How long until I start seeing the transplanted hair grow?  

Again cases will always vary from person to person, but most men experience is heavy shedding phase for the first few months post-transplant, and then the new growth usually begins after that. It can take anything from 6-12 months for the transplanted hair to fully grow in. 

Does a hair transplant come with guaranteed results? 

Hair transplants are getting better, and the majority of patients are experiencing excellent results. However, it is not guaranteed to work for everyone.  You'll need a good donor area for your transplant to be effective, and you'll also need a good surgeon. 

Don't panic, though, most transplants work out well, and the earlier you get a transplant, the better it will likely turn out. Tackling hair loss early is the key, whichever way you go about it.

Do I have to use Minoxidil or Finasteride after the hair transplant? 

Most hair transplant surgeons will suggest you use Minoxidil or/and Finasteride after your transplant, to help maintain the hair you've had transplanted. However, this does not mean you have to.  Many men want to avoid using harsh prescription drugs like Minoxidil and Finasteride, in particular, so they look for safer alternatives. 

Multi-vitamin hair supplements are growing hugely in popularity, because they supply the hair with vital vitamins and nutrients, and are also free from any negative side-effects. 

What treatments should I use after a hair transplant? 

There are plenty of good products you can try for helping to maintain our hair, particularly after a transplant. Get yourself a good shampoo that is free from harsh chemicals, and contains good hair growth promoters such as Biotin and Collagen. 

Take Biotin (2,000 mcg) pills, as it helps promote faster, stronger hair growth, and couple it with Saw Palmetto (250mg), which can help block the formation of DHT (the cause of baldness). Or, even better, take both a one multi-vitamin hair supplement such as HR23+, offering you a broad range of ingredients for your hair, all conveniently taken in one supplement. 

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