What is the recovery process following a hair restoration surgery?
Recently hair restoration surgery has become very popular among hair loss suffers as well as individuals looking to redesign their hairlines for cosmetic reasons. As more and more hair transplant clinics emerge and the procedure becoming easily accessible, many individuals find themselves less than satisfied as they were not fully aware of the recovery process.
Hair transplant surgery requires one of the longest recovery periods for cosmetic surgeries. The surgery is not as straight forward and easy as implanting hairs and the hairs just growing out. It can take up to 12 months for you to see final results of the surgery.
The below is a review of one of our patients (translated from the patient's personal blog) outlining his experience from Day 2 after surgery to 6 month after surgery.
Patient's blog: http://blog.naver.com/b1ak___/220046876809 (Language: Korean)
Day 2 After Surgery
Surgery Method: FUE (CIT) - Fully shaven,
Patient Review: I had my surgery 2 days ago at Forhair Clinic Seoul. Forhair clinic is FUE specialist so they only perform FUE surgery. At Forhair, there are fully shaven, partial shaven and non-shaven method of FUE surgeries available~!
I had my surgery with the fully shaven method but the other two options are preferred by females and individuals that can't take a lot of time off work.
3 Months After Surgery
The hairs don't immediately grow out after the surgery. Like most people that are not very informed about hair transplant surgery I initially thought that the hairs would start to grow out immediately after surgery.
This was far from true. The implanted hairs will all fall out first before the new hairs grow out again. The period when the implanted hairs fall out is between 1 ~ 3 months after surgery. During this period, shock loss on the surgery areas may also occur making your hair loss appear more severe than it was prior to surgery. This is part of the normal healing and recovery process of hair transplant so don't worry because the hairs will grow out again. (Hair Transplant Surgery requires a lot of patience).
4 months After Surgery
The period after all the implanted hairs have fallen out is also known as the "dark ages period" among hair transplant patients (term used in Korea). This period is when your new hair starts growing out. The reason why people call this the "dark ages period" is because the hairs do not grow as fast as you want them to. Patients want to see their hairs growing out rapidly, but they feel that the speed of their hair growth is very slow, so they can get frustrated. I went through the same emotions so I agree with the term greatly.
5 months After Surgery
Don't get too frustrated during the "dark ages" period. The hairs will grow!
The speed of which the hairs grow out will vary for each individuals. If your hair grew quickly prior to surgery, then your implanted hairs will grow faster than those whose hairs don't grow quickly.
6 months After Surgery
You can see significant results between 7 ~ 12 months of surgery. I would need to wait longer to see the full results but I am quite satisfied with my surgery and I'm glad I had it done!!