Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
After a hair transplant, there is an unrealistic expectation, that once grafts are transplanted, “Voilà!” – the hair will magically transform into a head full of hair. But that’s not exactly how it works. According to Dr. Sanusi Umar, renowned hair transplant specialist from Manhattan Beach, Calif., after a hair transplant, it is normal for it to look a little “weird.”
When it comes to hair transplant surgery, patience is needed, as the gratification or results come a little later. After all, you did just have hair transplant surgery.
“But it’s worth the wait,” Dr. Umar said.
The Common FAQ
A common post surgery questions is “My grafts have started to grow, but they are coarse and wiry; and don’t match the rest of my hair. Is this normal?”
“Yes,” Dr. Umar said. “After a transplant, hair may have these types of characteristics to it.”
The Weird Phase
The “weird” looking hair can be alarming. But it’s not permanent. When the graft hair doesn’t match the rest of the hair, Dr. Umar explained it’s because the follicles have been through a lot of change and need time to adjust.
In other words, within two to three weeks after the procedure the transplanted hair will fall out to make way for new hair. And while actual long-lasting results won’t be seen for at least eight to 18 months, it’s totally OK if it looks different in comparison to the rest of the hair or if the transplanted grafts fall out.
“Don’t panic,” said Dr. Umar. “It may be coarse, it may be wiry. It may have a different shine, sheen or color to them. These are all typically temporary. It’s not uncommon.”
Therefore, grafts are not expected to fully mature until after at least 18 months of surgery. Hair that may not quite match with the scalp’s texture is body transplanted hair, or BHT, (body hair transplant) which uses hair from other parts of the body instead of the head. While it may have different color, texture and grow at a different rate and maximum lengths, it too needs time to adjust. BHT is often used as an alternative in the event a patient may have a depleted donor hair source.
“After two or three growth cycles, hair eventually smooths out and resumes its normal soft texture,” he added.
“But if you are having any or complications after surgery,” he continued. “You should bring it up to your hair transplant doctor.”
Growth following a hair transplant should appear normal around month 12 to 18*
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