People often come to Austin Hair Graft seeking thicker, fuller hair for areas where they are balding or thinning. But I often get the question, especially from my female patients, of how long they can expect their hair to grow post procedure. For many, it’s important to not only have thicker, fuller hair, but longer hair as well to achieve their desired results.
The most important thing is to be patient with the hair growth process. The good news is that once the hair is transplanted, it can grow as long as you desire it to! However, since we are taking the hair from the follicle shaved, the time to get hair long enough to say put into a ponytail can be significant. We usually encourage our hair transplant patients to think 12-18 months before evaluating the coverage and thickness to the areas where they were once thinning. But getting to a desired length could take up to 24 months or more depending on what hair length is preferred.
There are several tips you can follow to help your hair grow unencumbered post hair transplant.
Avoid over styling, over dyeing, and using too many hair products. Irritating or over working your hair isn’t good no matter what its condition. However, especially in the case of newly transplanted hair, too much isn’t a good thing and can damage the follicles or in some cases pull the hair out, delaying the speed of growth and overall health of the transplants.
Talk to your primary care about medications you are taking. Active ingredients in some medications like blood-pressure beta-blockers and blood thinners can slow hair growth and even sometimes contribute to its loss. There are some other drugs like methotrexate for certain skin conditions, lithium for bipolar disorder, and certain antidepressants that can have the same effect. Consultation with your doctor can help determine what medications are right for you if hair loss is a concern.
Make sure your diet is balanced. This is incredibly important to the health of transplanted hair. Since nutrient deficiencies are linked to hair loss and thinning, it’s critical to be more balanced in your nutrient intake post transplantation as well. Make sure protein intake is at adequate levels and that iron and B vitamins are at sufficient daily intake recommendations.