The process of growth

The development of ‘new’ hair

No two people are alike. This also applies to the growth of the grafts - in some people they grow faster, in others slower. In the field of hair surgery one speaks of fast growers and slow growers. What this means is that some patients will already start seeing results after just 6 months, whilst others may have to wait more than 12 months.
The natural healing process after a hair transplant involves thin scabs developing over the small incisions, as well as over the scar in the donor area. These scabs drop off by themselves in the course of the healing process. In the second or third week after the FUT, most of the transplanted hairs fall out. This is due to the reduced intake of oxygen and nutrients, leading to follicles being rejected. This weakening of the hair roots is not to be confused with their destruction - new strong hair growth will set in after 3 - 6 months.

In certain cases, for instance when dense packing has been performed, there is a possibility of not just the donor hairs falling out, but also neighbouring hairs. These will also grow again once this hair loss period has ended. This so-called shock loss is a phenomenon occurring in certain patients, probably triggered by operation stress.
The new hair roots start producing new hairs immediately after being transplanted. In the first three months, these are very thin, akin to flax. Afterwards the hairs get thicker and stronger and after about a year the end result is very visible. All transplanted follicles generally produce new hairs, although there are certain exceptions. These are fairly seldom. 


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