Having a full head of hair means that I don't have to shave it every day just to look cool.Nicky Hayden
Medicated hair re-growth treatments can be successful in certain cases, especially when countering minor hair loss problems. When topical treatments are unsuccessful, however, a more intensive hair re-growth treatment needs to be considered. Hair re-growth surgery has already gained worldwide acceptance as the go-to treatment for major hair loss, providing permanent, natural looking results. Many celebrities have undergone successful surgical hair transplant procedures, including Jude Law and Elton John, and the treatment has become more affordable and more successful as a result of refined technology and techniques.
The appeal of the procedure is clear, but those considering the treatment do need to anticipate a recovery period which will be required before the full effect of the procedure can be enjoyed. This should not dissuade potential patients from the procedure, as the final product is certainly worth the wait. The healing process involves temporary shedding or hair loss, re-growth and the healing and setting of scars. All are steps on the road to a full recovery and a new head of thick, natural hair.
The most important aspect of the first week post surgery is the healing of the incisions themselves. Mild swelling and redness are to be expected and small blood clots may form at the points of the incisions, which usually flake off within the week.
The first of the shedding of transplanted hairs should start between 10 and 14 days after surgery. This is a completely normal process and is due to the short dormant phase that grafts go through after the procedure.
Between three to five months post op, the average patient will start to see a few new hairs growing through the surface of the scalp. At this point, the hair will be fine and may not grow evenly across the scalp. This is just the beginning of the growth period and is nothing to worry about.
By nine to twelve months after the operation, patients will begin to see considerable new hair growth and can expect the new hair to be around five to seven centimetres in length. From this point on, the hair shafts will begin to thicken and the full effect of the procedure will gradually be revealed.
Patients need to wait twelve months after the procedure for the full results to show. Once hair re-growth is completed, patients will be free to enjoy their new hair and a new lease on life.