After receiving a hair transplant, most people find patience a hard quality to master. This is completely understandable, of course. Healthy follicles with hair have been moved to places where there was previously no hair, so it’s not wrong to expect that hair should look fuller and denser right away. Unfortunately, due to shock fall-out and other factors, it may take some time for the new hairs to grow in as thick and healthy as they once were when they were at the donor site.
When hair restoration surgery occurs, entire hair follicles are transplanted into tiny incisions at the recipient site. This can cause trauma for the donor hair, leading to effluvium – otherwise known as the fallout or shedding of healthy hair. This very concept is concerning, of course, but is completely natural following the procedure. Once the follicle has properly anchored to its new location, hair will begin to grow. At first, the growth may be slow and finer than what is common for the patient. In fact, it may take quite some time before a patient sees completely satisfying results. However, over time, successful hair grafting is indistinguishable from natural hair.
Thankfully, throughout the early growing process, there are some ways to kickstart and encourage hair growth. Some are as simple as healthier lifestyle choices, while others can include topical medications.