How Long Does It Take to See Hair Transplant Results? [A Patient’s Guide]

Hair Transplant Results

A Patient’s Guide

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant results are undoubtedly more impressive and sought-after than ever. Dr. Torgerson is a hair transplant surgeon in Toronto who treats numerous men and women from all backgrounds for hair loss. Though the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic offers multiple solutions, including non-surgical hair loss treatment, FUE hair transplant results lead the way as a top patient choice. Here we’ll let you know what to expect from your surgery and how long you’ll need to wait to enjoy results. Though hair transplant recovery isn’t instant, the outcome is definitely worth the wait.

One of the best ways to ensure that you’re pleased with your entire hair restoration experience is to plan ahead and understand what to expect from hair transplant results. People who have realistic expectations and prepare to be patient can celebrate as they heal and grow through each stage.

Hair Transplant Result

Hair Transplant

How long after do you see results?

If you’ve begun viewing hair transplant before and after photos, you might get the impression that lush, full hair can be put in place instantly. The reality of hair cycles and results timelines lead some people to frustration. If you want an instant effect, you’ll have to settle for wigs and toupees that place dense, thick hair on your head without any downtime at all. Unfortunately, the drawbacks of hair systems make them far less desirable than real, growing hair in the long run.

FUE hair transplants redistribute your healthy hair follicles from thicker areas to thinner ones. FUE can’t increase the overall volume of hair, but strategic redistribution sure does make the hair look thicker where you want it to. The results of these hair transplants are permanent. You can cut, wash, and style your transplanted hair without ever worrying about your secret being revealed.

For this lasting and natural-looking outcome, the higher cost of FUE is a worthwhile investment. There are other “costs” to consider besides fees, however. You’ll need to invest some of your time — first for the recovery, then for the results.

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Hair Transplant Results

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What affects the hair transplant success rate?

FUE, the most cutting-edge hair transplant method in Toronto, has surpassed the older strip method. A digitally assisted or robot-assisted FUE device removes hair grafts one by one with a precision rotary punch. The pattern, depth, and uniformity of hair grafts are managed by smart technology, which also assists hair transplant professionals perform sessions quickly.

Compared with older techniques involving scars, there’s no long piece of scalp removed for this procedure. Hair transplant results are virtually scarless, because the little grafts are removed one at a time without significant scalp trauma.

You must have good-quality donor hair:

If you have severe hair loss across your scalp, you might not have enough hair follicles to undergo a transplant. The areas where hair grows dense and resists DHT – usually at the back and sides of the head – provide source grafts for transplants. (Dihydrotestosterone, DHT, is the hormone that creates a great deal of hair loss.) Where growth is thick, many grafts can be extracted without leaving visible depletion. If hair is sparse all over or there’s minimal hair at the back and sides, a different treatment like scalp micropigmentation (SMP) might be preferable.

You need a predictable hair loss pattern:

Androgenic alopecia, genetic progressive hair loss, can move quickly or slowly, depending on the individual. If we intervene at the first sign of thinning, a predictable rate of balding hasn’t been established yet. That means that transplanting hairs at an early stage can lead to unsatisfying results as native hair continues to fall out.

Though today’s hair transplants are much less invasive and traumatic to the scalp, there’s still some temporary swelling and discomfort expected while healing in the early days. You can expect the scalp to feel numb for 8 to 12 hours, but as the anaesthetic wears off, over-the-counter analgesics are advised to reduce sensitivity.

After the first 3 to 5 days, the graft extraction sites close and form small scabs. Dr. Torgerson’s hair transplant patients are advised not to scratch or rub at the surgical incisions and to follow special hair-washing instructions. You’ll need to take about 1 week off work.

Hair Transplant Results Timeline

Results Timeline

The days and months that immediately follow your procedure can be disheartening if you don’t know what to expect. Therefore, the best hair transplant surgeons need to prepare their patients adequately. After just a few weeks, when your incisions are healed and your scalp appears healthy, you’ll likely see some of the little hairs that were transplanted fall out. Don’t be alarmed! That’s expected and doesn’t mean that the grafts didn’t work.

The shedding stage is actually necessary to make way for new hair. It allows follicles to enter a resting stage while they heal. The first waiting period can last between 3 and 4 months on average. New wispy strands will emerge around that time, and you can begin getting excited about hair transplant results.

Next you move from the dormant telogen phase into active anagen hair growth. Here you’ll start to note previously bare areas filling in. New growth can be encouraged with topical hair growth formulas and non-surgical treatments provided by your surgeon.

Hair transplant results begin to feel satisfying and worth the wait at this stage. The hairs grow in thicker and denser and become more manageable too. While the strands sometimes lay at an odd angle or stick up in early months, after 8 months they look and feel like regular hair. By the one-year mark, you can consider your result 75% to 85% grown in.

Everyone’s procedure and rate of growth will be unique to them. After 12 months you can still expect to see further maturation of the hair, but your surgeon will consider you “finished” in the sense that you may not have regular appointments scheduled anymore. Plenty of people see even better results by the 2-year point because the average anagen growth stage is a few years.

As a facial plastic surgeon who dedicates his practice to the head and neck, Dr. Torgerson’s FUE and non-surgical hair restoration skill make him a leader in his field. The Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic offers a no-obligation consultation to ensure that potential clients can acquire all of the detailed information they need and fully understand FUE before they proceed. Our patients rave about the permanent, natural hair transplant results they achieve.

If you’re tired of struggling with hair loss, we can offer you lasting solutions that change how you look and feel. Call to book your private consultation today.

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