How Long Does it Take for Hair to Grow Back?

Losing hair can be a distressing experience, but with technological advancements, hair transplants have become a popular solution for regaining thicker and fuller hair. However, having realistic expectations and understanding the timeline for hair regrowth after a transplant is important.

TM Hair, a reputable hair transplant clinic, understands the concerns and questions that clients may have about the regrowth process—being well-informed and prepared for what to expect during the recovery and growth phases after a hair transplant is crucial.

If you’re considering a hair transplant, it’s essential to clearly understand the time it takes for your hair to grow back. Patience and proper care are key during this journey. In this article, join TM Hair as we delve into the important aspects of hair regrowth following a hair transplant, providing the necessary information to manage your expectations and achieve the best results.

How Transplanted Hair Grows 

A hair transplant is often one of the best options for promoting natural-looking hair growth. Still, it is important to understand as much as possible about what the process typically looks like before getting started. Transplanted hair growth is a lengthy process that typically takes approximately one year to complete, and this treatment can be broken down into several distinct phases that encompass specific changes the scalp, transplanted hair follicles, and new hair growth go through. Considering both the physical recovery of your scalp and what your hair is realistically likely to look like throughout each part of the year after your transplant can help you ensure you know what to expect before getting started. 

Recovery Phase After a Hair Transplant 

Like any type of cosmetic surgery, a hair transplant comes with a moderate recovery period that initially takes precedence over the actual appearance of your hair. This recovery phase typically lasts approximately 7-10 days, and taking care of the skin on your scalp should be your highest priority during this time to ensure that it heals correctly and is capable of supporting quality results. We will provide specific instructions for optimizing your skin’s ability to support transplanted hair until your extraction puncture scabs fall off. 

Growth Phase After a Hair Transplant 

Hair growth is a lengthy process involving a lot of patience, especially during the first weeks and months after a transplant. Early results rarely resemble what recipients are hoping for, but hair follicles will usually be able to function more effectively within approximately four months of receiving a hair transplant. 

0-3 Months

Most hair transplant recipients experience little to no hair growth during the first three months following this procedure, but this does not mean the transplant was unsuccessful. It is normal to lose hair during this shedding, or “dormant shock,” phase as your transplanted hair follicles assimilate into the rest of your scalp. Many recipients find that the hairline is the quickest to recover from this phase and be ready to support hair growth, while the crown can take approximately a month longer. 

3-4 Months 

During this stage, known as the slow growth phase, most hair transplant recipients begin to notice small amounts of hair growth. Because hair follicles are still adapting to full hair growth, hairs that come in early on will likely be thin, patchy, and overall less attractive than they will eventually look. 

4-6 Months 

Hair transplant recipients often begin to experience the results they were hoping for approximately four months after their procedure. This stage, which is often referred to as the real growth phase, is when hair growth typically increases in both speed and fullness. At this time, hair begins to resemble the results recipients had in mind during the planning stage of their transplant. 

6-12 Months 

Many hair transplant recipients feel genuinely happy with their results by approximately six months after their treatment, and the new hair growth process is often complete within approximately one year. Hair growth is generally less dramatic at this time than it is during the rapid real growth phase, and hair that is nearing maturity more closely resembles the typical hair growth rate of approximately 1-2 cm per month. While hair no longer grows as quickly during the final stage, it focuses more on thickening and creating a fuller and more natural appearance. 

Start Your Hair Regrowth Journey With TM Hair 

At TM Hair, we are here to help residents of Houston and surrounding areas improve the health and appearance of their hair through hair transplants and a variety of other treatment options. Contact us today to schedule your free scalp analysis or complimentary consultation to help you determine whether a hair transplant is a good fit for you!

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