Hair Transplant Results

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Hair transplantation is a permanent solution for both women and men looking to increase their hair density and elevate their aesthetics. Although you will not see the full results straight after your procedure, your final hair transplant results will be worth the wait! Below, we are going to break down exactly what you can expect during the hair transplant recovery process and when you will start to really reap the rewards of your hairline transformation procedure abroad. 

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When will your final hair transplant results be observed

Once you have reached the 6th month of recovery, you will have reached the halfway mark of your hair transplant recovery journey, and will likely observe 50-60% of your total hair growth around this time. At around the 8-month mark, 70-80% of your maximum hair results will be observed. This is an exciting time for most because  you will start to reap the rewards of your DHI and FUE hair transplant results. This stage of recovery is when most patients will experience a significant amount of growth and start to see the true hair transplant results as their hair density increases in all the previously bald or patchy areas of the scalp.

At around the 12-month mark, patients should observe maximum hair growth and density, although some may only get to this point around the 18-month mark. As we use FUE and DHI methods, patients will not have to deal with visible scars impeding on their desired hair transplant results. Our experts will guide you throughout the whole process from beginning to end, answering any questions you may have and ensuring that every essential step is followed, including post-operational calls to check in on the status of your recovery, to ensure you receive your dream hairline as soon as possible.

Factors Influencing Your Hair Transplant Results

When it comes to benefitting from your ultimate hair transplant results, a few factors will determine the success of your procedure, namely:

  • Preparation for your hair transplant
  • The expertise of your surgeon and medical team assigned to your treatment
  • Your natural hair growth cycle
  • Additional treatments designed to boost hair growth and wound recovery
  • Consistent aftercare throughout the recovery process following your treatment
Your natural hair growth cycle is the one factor that is out of anybody’s hands. This is the rate at which your hair naturally grows and for this reason, our hair transplant timeline may vary slightly from your postoperative hair growth experience.

Preparation for your hair transplant

Once you have booked your hair restoration procedure with IdealofMeD, you will receive a complimentary 100% climate-compensated Ideal hair restoration box before your hair transplant. This particular Ideal box includes products that are specially designed to thicken your existing hair strands and enhance the condition of your scalp. The reason for this is that the thicker your hair is on transplant day, the fewer grafts you will require to achieve your desired aesthetic. This significantly reduces procedure time and healing time. 

  • The expertise of your surgeon

Naturally, a significant factor that will influence your ultimate hair transplant results is the procedure itself. Before the graft implantation begins, our IdealofMeD. team of hair transplant experts will assess the size and shape of each hair follicle, categorizing each follicle according to the number of hairs per follicle. For example, single hair graft; double hair grafts and triple hair grafts.

This additional step of categorizing each follicle is included in our hair restoration process to ensure adequate graft mapping of the hairline can be done which will, in turn, grant you the most natural hair transplant results possible. The number of hairs per follicle is not the only factor considered as we strive to give you your desired hairline in the most natural way possible. Our highly skilled IdealofMeD. team will also take two other important factors into consideration, that being the direction and the angle of each graft implant, this is where your surgeon’s expertise comes in. 

However, here is a simplified guide for mapping the hairline to ensure natural hair transplant results.

The Natural Hair Growth Cycle

The hair growth cycle consists of 3 phases and this is consistent with both natural and transplanted hair. These phases are known as the telogen, anagen, and catagen phases. Let’s look at what happens during each phase and roughly when you can expect to start seeing progress in your hair transplant results after your procedure.

  • Telogen Phase

Your newly transplanted hair will automatically The telogen phase is the resting phase in which the hair does not grow but remains affixed to the hair follicle. Once the telogen phase comes to an end, the hair follicle enters the anagen phase and new hairs begin to develop. The telogen phase is widely considered the shedding phase and typically lasts for about 3 months before the hair enters the anagen phase.

  • Anagen Phase

The anagen phase is considered the growing phase. Melanin is produced within the hair bulb, defined as the base of the hair follicle in which living cells split rapidly and force the dormant hairs, called club hairs due to the shape of their roots, out of the follicle which is a tunnel-shaped pouch in the epidermis from which hair grows. This results in visible hair growth and increased hair density. The melanin produced in the hair follicle during this phase is made up of concentrated pigment cells known as melanocytes and these cells position themselves around the follicles, determining the colour of the new hairs. The anagen phase will last roughly 5 years before the catagen phase kicks in.

  • Catagen Phase

The catagen phase is the transition phase in which the hair stops growing and detaches from the base of the follicle, known as the hair bulb. The hair bulb begins to strip down which results in a shorter hair follicle. The catagen phase begins once the anagen phase concludes and tends to last about 10 to 14 days. Throughout this period, the hair follicles shrink, the rate at which hair grows begins to slow and the hair detaches from the bottom of the bulb but stays in place during its final days of growth.

Additional treatments designed to boost hair growth and wound recovery

Following your operation, our IdealofMeD. team and Senior Patient Coordinator will take the time to evaluate each step of the process with you, advise you on the steps you should take going forward to ensure the recovery process is as smooth as possible and provide you with your Ideal Aftercare Box. Some post hair transplant treatments offered by IdealofMeD. for accelerated recovery include:

  • Mesotherapy 

Mesotherapy is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment method utilised in aid of hair loss treatment and can be observed in the form of an injection delivering vitamins and minerals to the scalp. In addition, many have observed the powerful effect this form of therapy has on controlling hormonal imbalances affecting hair follicles and the surrounding regions of the recipient zone by delivering high dosages of hair growth stimulating vitamins and nutrients which in turn, improve blood circulation and assist in hair growth.

  • Platelet-rich Plasma Treatment

IdealofMeD. patients have the option to undergo additional treatment, a Platelet-rich Plasma injection (PRP). This treatment involves autologous PRP being retrieved from your blood and spun in a device known as a centrifuge, defined as a device that uses centrifugal force which is a spinning force that results in a movement away from the centre of the device to separate components of the blood.

The use of the centrifuge results in a plasma containing a higher concentration of platelets which will, in turn, release key growth factors that set off a succession of chemical reactions, otherwise known as signalling cascades or biochemical cascades which ultimately maximise tissue repair, speeding up recovery time so that patients can observe their hair transplant results sooner rather than later.

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

For those who have opted for our premium package (our most popular package) or our executive package, hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy (HBOT) will be included. HBOT provides patients with both accelerated wound healing and anti-ageing benefits. The HBOT process involves breathing pure oxygen (100% oxygen in comparison to 21% breathed in under normal circumstances) in a pressurized chamber.

Under these circumstances, your lungs are introduced to a significantly greater volume of oxygen which will, in turn, assist your body in key functions such as wound healing. Wounds damage the blood vessels which results in fluid dispersion in the tissues which can be observed in the body’s natural swelling reaction to wounds inflicted.

In this case, we mentioned above that some hair transplant patients experience swelling around the eyes as a result of micro-wounds to the scalp, so following the procedure up with HBOT will reduce post-operational side effects such as swelling and speed up the wound recovery time by encouraging the formation of new blood vessels and delivering higher levels of oxygen to the wounded zone.

HBOT anti-ageing benefits are experienced as a result of the higher levels of oxygen leading to increased development of collagen, defined as the primary fundamental protein observed in the skin and other connective tissues, and new skin cells. The increased oxygen in the body stimulates the production of substances in the cells such as vascular endothelial growth factor which stimulates the formation of endothelial cells leading to the accelerated formation of new blood vessels and enhanced hair transplant results.

Consistent aftercare for the best hair transplant results

Our aftercare ideal boxes are made up of hair growth stimulating, cleansing and rehydrating products designed to decrease the risk of infection and possible side effects of hair transplantation and help you achieve your desired hair transplant results faster.

Our kits contain products that are specially designed to be used post hair restoration treatment and for ongoing maintenance. We are very proud of the significant amount of research that our experts have done to provide you with incredible post-operative care products containing natural ingredients that not only gently cleanse and nourish the scalp but also stimulate growth in problematic areas of the scalp, all leading to better hair transplant results month to month.

If you have opted for our standard package, you will receive a complimentary Ideal hair transplant recovery box for the first two months after your procedure. If you have opted for our premium or executive package, you will receive a 12-month aftercare supply in the form of an Ideal Hair Vitalisation Box. These boxes will be shipped to directly to you every 4 months throughout this period to ensure you have access to sufficient aftercare which will, in turn, ensure you get the best hair transplant results.

Ideal Hair Transplant Box Sets for Preperation and Recovery

Side effects of hair transplantation

The first 12-16 weeks of hair transplantation recovery play a significant role in the outcome of your hair restoration procedure, with postoperative care playing a key role in the healing of the recipient region. During this period, you may experience:

Temporary swelling around the eyes

This temporary swelling is known as oedema, is a mere product of inflammation or fluid retention post-operation. This swelling is your body’s natural reaction to injuries, such as micro-incisions or punch holes inflicted in the recipient area of the scalp during the hair transplant surgery and should diminish within 48 hours.

Crusting or swelling around the implanted grafts

This is usually first observed around 1 to 3 days post hair transplant. This is a natural consequence of wound healing and can be expected to fade away after 3 to 10 days. In order to avoid compromising your hair transplant results, it is extremely important that you do not pick or scratch which may result in dislodgement of newly implanted follicles, furthermore, leading to a decreased graft survival rate.

Shock hair loss, otherwise known as shedding

This temporary sudden hair loss is a consequence of trauma exposure to the hair grafts during the hair transplant procedure. Although hair is shed, the dermal papilla remains. The dermal papilla is found in the hair follicle and plays a significant role in hair growth; therefore, the hair will regrow and continue to grow like normal hair.

Shedding is usually experienced about 2 weeks post hair transplant; however, it would not be out of the ordinary for you to experience this sudden hair loss anywhere from 1 to 5 weeks post hair restoration surgery.

This natural, temporary loss of hair has no impact on your final hair transplant results. You can rest assured that you will start noticing a visible spike in hair growth and density around the 3rd or 4th month of hair recovery. Around this time, you will experience 40-50% of your maximum hair transplant potential growth.

Numbness in the transplant area

As a result of tiny incisions (FUE) or micro punch holes (DHI) during the hair restoration procedure, it is possible that you may experience temporary nerve damage resulting in numbness in the transplanted area of the scalp.

Fortunately, because the nerves regenerate on their own, they will regain normal functioning. A few examples of nerve repair progress include gentle tingling sensations or itching which will subside as regular nerve response returns.

Hair Transplant Results Immediately After the Procedure

You may be wondering what to expect immediately after your hair transplant and how long you will need to recover before returning to your regular day to day routine. For example, how long it will be until you can get back to work or the gym. In the name of getting straight to the point, you can resume your regular activities one day following your procedure with a few exceptions and here is why.

IdealofMeD. uses advanced hair transplantation techniques, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Direct hair Implantation (DHI), which when combined with adequate aftercare, such as our Ideal Hair Restoration Box and Ideal Hair Vitalisation Box as well as additional treatments included in our premium and executive packages, will result in limited after-effects following your procedure and enhanced hair transplant results.

You can expect mild postoperative side effects such as redness and inflammation in the recipient region of the scalp (the area in which grafts were implanted) which will diminish over the next few days as the micro-wounds begin to heal.

Immediately after hair transplant

FAQ

It’s normal that you have questions before committing to a cosmetic procedure such as hair transplantation, in fact, it’s encouraged. If you have any questions, our team of hair transplant experts are happy to assist you at your convenience. You can choose to book a free consultation or receive a call in 55 seconds by simply entering your email address and contact number.

Although the exact time period may vary, you will likely see your full transplant results 1 year after your hair transplant procedure. Our Ideal Hair Restoring products used during recovery contain hair strengthening and growth boosting ingredients to ensure you achieve your desired hair transplant results as quickly and smoothly as possible. 

Hair growth following your hair transplant is permanent. Once you have healed fully and the hair enters the anagen phase, your hair will continue to grow at the same rate as the rest of your hair. Book your free consultation to get your permanent beard transplant results now!

Everyone’s hair growth rate is different, but most begin to observe visible hair growth just 3 or 4 months following their hair restoration surgery.

To ensure you get the most out of your hair transplant, it is recommended that you massage your recipient area as advised by your surgeon to encourage circulation, commit to healthier eating and lifestyle habits such as avoiding alcohol and nicotine. 

Lastly, committing to a consistent and suitable hair transplant aftercare regime consisting of hair-transplant friendly products designed to boost hair growth. Get your hands on our IdealofMeD. hair restoration products to ensure you benefit from maximised hair growth following your hair transplant procedure.

Yes, it is very likely that you will experience hair loss, known as shedding, after your hair transplant. This ‘shock hair loss’ is temporary and occurs as a result of trauma to the follicles during the procedure itself. Check out our page dedicated to hair transplant results after 3 months to find out more about hair shedding after a hair transplant.