The hair growth phase after a hair transplant surgery varies from patient to patient whether FUE or FUT has been conducted, it makes no difference. Surgeons can guarantee a good coverage, probable hair growth as long the nature of the patient’s hair has the essential characteristics of donor dominance, and the patient is generally healthy. However, no surgeon can ever guarantee or foretell what the actual results will look like and how the hair growth will take place and it takes varying time for patients to reach up to the final look of the result.
Hair transplant before and after images can only pose as a guide or example of what the results may look like, and what the surgeon is capable of obtaining. However, the patient in picture has unique characteristics, as per their healing tendency, health of the hair, and many other clinical differences from the seeking patient.
Uneven Hair Growth After Hair Transplant Surgery— Hair Growth Cycle Is An Important Factor
A number of patients have complained of uneven hair growth, wherein after a full head hair restoration the hair at one part of the scalp has started to grow another part has yet not. The cosmetic appearance of such a condition is largely received with negative impact by patients.
The hair growth takes place at the end of a minimum 3 months to 5 months of time, with stubble like feature, which takes a further 6-8moths to come to a distinguishable aspect. Since hair growth cycle resumes its natural course, the actual hair in the hair follicle usually sheds sometime later the hair relocation with the catagen phase of the hair growth cycle taking place naturally. After the catagen phase, the hair follicles go through a resting phase, known as telogen phase, before a new hair follicle emerges with the anagen phase and breaks through the pore or thin sheath of tissue, and takes another 3-5months to acquire a noticeable length and thickness.
This telogen phase varies for each hair follicle, when one hair follicle has already entered the anagen phase, another continues to stay at the telogen phase, delaying the hair growth. There is least one can do to elevate the anagen phase, and the best way to have maximum graft survival all over the scalp is to allow the natural hair growth.
Some hair follicles enter the telogen phase within a faster time frame before the natural time most probably due to the surgical trauma, which the hair follicles wasn’t designed to face naturally, this is called shock loss.
Shock loss many times looks like hair loss after hair transplant, and patients largely panic of losing their hair and the surgery not being any aid at all. Soon with the recovery of the normal hair growth cycle, the shock loss prone hair follicles sprout new hair growth. Usually patients get their hair coverage eventually.
To Use Or Not To Use Hair Loss Medication To Elevaate Hair Grwoth After Hair Restoration
Surgeons at large opine on allowing natural hair growth. Sometimes when the hair growth is delaying, many surgeons opine on using topical Minoxidil, to boost the hair follicles. Finasteride is not much relevant to this cause, since the drug channels androgen levels, however, if androgenic reaction is involved then a combined dosage of both may be prescribed.