How much pain should I expect from hair transplant surgery?
Your scalp will be sensitive and you will probably take some pain drugs for a few days. Your scalp will have a bandage on it for a day or so. It’s not uncommon to take an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory drug for a few days. The time off work is minimal. Most people are back at work just a few days after the procedure.
While there is some mild pain, the benefits of the procedure are much greater than the discomfort of a little pain. If you want a permanent solution, a hair transplant is the answer. Your hair will be healthy and natural because, after all, it is your own hair, just relocated.
Manage your expectations by understanding what to expect from your hair transplant.
How soon will new hair grow in?
The first phase occurs in just a few weeks after the procedure. Your newly transplanted hair will fall out. But don’t be alarmed. That’s a normal part of the process. Over half of the people who undergo the procedure see new hair growth in six to twelve months. For others it may take 12 to 18 months to see a full head of hair. The process requires your patience, but it is well worth the wait.
Sometimes Rogaine is prescribed to help stimulate new hair growth after the surgery, but there’s no solid proof how well it works. And even if it does work while you’re using it, once you stop it will no longer have any effect on hair growth.
Will hair grow back in the donor site?
No, because the hair follicles have been removed and placed where you need new hair. Hair re-growth will only take place in areas in the donor site where hair follicles were only partially removed.
Hair is only harvested from areas where the hair is densest. Because of this, it is practically impossible to see where any hair has been removed.