A successful transplant for either gender follows a familiar timeline. Most patients can expect 60% of their new hair to appear after 6 to 9 months.
Below is a breakdown of what patients can expect across a typical 18-month period:
The initial days after surgery will involve some swelling and the recipient areas will start to scab. For best results, try not to touch your grafts during this time.
You can usually wash and soak your hair to moisturise your head, with a view to being scab-free by day 10.
Stitches around the donor area are removed after 7-10 days if it is the FUT technique. This heals to form a linear scar which is undetectable when hair is grown out to grade 5 or longer.
At this point, your scalp should be completely free of scabs. There shouldn’t be any problem returning to work and daily life.
The new hair grafts shed. This is nothing to worry about and is perfectly normal as your new grafted hair enters a resting phase.
New hairs will begin to grow. At first, they’re fine, but gradually they will thicken.
Hair is thick and grown out. Healing is complete and the full results of the transplant are on show.
How Do Women’s Hair Transplants Differ from Men’s?
Because hair transplants work for most men that undertake them, women may presume it will also last for them. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Most women don’t have the right type of hair after a period of thinning. Commonly, when suffering with hair loss, women have what is called ‘diffuse’ hair loss. This is when the thinning takes place evenly across the head. Men tend to keep the hair on the back and sides of the head.
The lack of potential ‘donor area’ or ‘stable sites’ for women is what makes female hair transplants different.
Despite the differences in treatments, hair transplantation is the primary choice in surgical treatment for a woman. It offers a high rate of success and most women who undertake the procedure become satisfied with the results.
Occasionally after transplantation, surgeons will prescribe patients with minoxidil/Rogaine, a hair-growth drug. However, it’s unclear how effective this treatment is in the long term.
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