How long can my hair grow after a hair restoration procedure?
Patients who have undergone a hair restoration procedure typically want to know what length their hair will be capable of growing to afterwards. This all depends on how long the individual’s existing hair is, and how quickly the newly restored hair grows back, which can vary from person to person. It’s important to have realistic expectations after a hair restoration procedure, and to be patient when waiting for results. It’s also necessary to bear in mind that second procedures may be discussed in future, as you may l continue to experience hair loss over time.
What length can your hair grow to?
The length your existing hair is capable of growing to is a good indicator of how long your restored hair will eventually grow to be. Your new hair will not grow longer than the rest of your hair; however, you may need to wait a considerable amount of time until it reaches the same length.
It’s all dependent on the patient
Some patients experience quicker hair growth than others. Some may notice their new hair beginning to grow after two to four months, as the donor site heals and any redness disappears. It should reach about three inches after five to nine months, long enough for the patient to be able to style it. It can take up to two years for the restored hair to grow to its optimum length and regain its natural appearance.
The shorter you cut your hair, the less time you need to wait
Bear in mind that if you cut your hair short prior to the procedure, you won’t need to wait as long for your new hair to grow to the same length as your existing hair. Therefore, a natural appearance can be achieved fairly quickly. Yet if you would prefer to keep your hair long, this isn’t a problem; small areas will be shaved to harvest hair, which can then be hidden by longer sections.
Be realistic about your expectations
Don’t be disappointed if the results you expected aren’t immediate, or if your hair doesn’t take on the exact appearance you imagined prior to the procedure. Every patient is different, and while hair restoration may provide a complete solution for some patients, repeat or follow up procedures may be required for others. Remember that hair loss will not cease because of restoration alone. If you have any concerns, feel free to discuss them with your consultant.