Hair Transplant After 2 Months

Hair transplantation is a process, and you won’t see the results of the procedure immediately. While you would expect to see some hair growth from your hair transplant after 2 months, it’s unlikely to be the case due to factors which are considered a normal part of the recovery process.

Since every patient can heal a little bit differently, it’s hard to give an exact timeline of what will happen in the lead-up to the 2-month mark. However, in general, there are some things you might see around that time.

What Are The Results Of Hair Transplant After 2 Months?

2 months after a hair transplant, you might see the overall outline of your new hairline, however, hair growth will be scarce at this point.

2 months after hair transplant
Patient’s scalp after 2 months of hair transplant

This patchy hair growth can be the result of something known as shock loss. It’s a type of temporary hair loss that can occur in both the recipient and donor areas after the surgery.

According to a 2018 study published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, shock loss in the recipient (previously balding areas) area can occur due to telogen effluvium, anagen effluvium or both 2-6 weeks after the surgery. Hair loss in the donor area (from where the hair is taken for transplantation) can also occur a “few days to few weeks” after the surgery.

1 month after hair transplant
Patchy hair growth 1 month after hair transplant

Normally, however, your hair should start to grow around 3-4 months after the surgery. The process will be gradual, and it can take 12-18 months for you to see the final results.

2 Months After FUE Hair Transplant

2 months after your FUE hair transplant, you’re likely to experience patchy hair growth mainly because of the shock loss that can occur after the surgery. As mentioned above, your donor area can also experience the same and look a bit thinned out, but it should get better with time.

DHI Hair Transplant After 2 Months

DHI hair transplant or direct hair implantation is a variation of the FUE surgery, so you can expect the recovery to be more or less the same. In DHI, the technique is the same in that hair follicles are individually extracted from the back of the scalp.

DHI Choi pens
Choi Implanter Pen for DHI hair transplant

However, during transplantation, special Choi Implanter pens are used that can make the incisions and place the grafts simultaneously. So, with a DHI hair transplant after 2 months, shock loss can still happen, and you’ll notice little hair growth around that time. But it will slowly get better.

What Happens After 2 Months Of Hair Transplant?

After 2 months of hair transplant, you won’t immediately notice full hair growth. In fact, hair transplant results at the 2-month mark can be quite uneven and patchy.

The same might be the case 2.5 months after a hair transplant, but as mentioned above, recovery can be different for patients. Still, generally, after 3 months, you might notice soft, fine hair starting to grow. It will get thicker with time, and the overall density will also improve.

Hair transplant results
From left to right – Hair transplant results at 2-month, 4-month and 9-month marks

After 6-8 months, 70-80% of your hair might’ve grown out, and from months 8 to 12, you might expect it to increase to 90-100%. With crown area, growth can take a little longer due to the overall thickness of the skin there. You can learn more about it in the hair growth chart.

Can Hair Grow 2 Months After Hair Transplant?

Around 2 months after hair transplant, you’re more likely to experience noticeable shedding than growth, which is why the transplanted area can look quite thinned out. This is not to say that it will be the same for everyone. People can recover at different rates after their transplantation surgery.

Can Hair Grafts Fall Out After 2 Months?

Your hair grafts should not fall out 2 months after the hair transplant. Hair grafts take root in the scalp 2 weeks after transplantation, so they’ll be secure in place afterwards. Your hair can fall out after 2 months, but your graft should remain intact.

Hair grafts

Can I Cut My Hair 2 Months After A Hair Transplant?

Your surgeon might give you the go-ahead to trim your hair with scissors 1 month after your hair transplant. However, they may advise against clippers, electric shavers and razors for at least 3 months to make sure that your grafts aren’t harmed in any way. But since aftercare instructions can vary between surgeons, make sure to consult your surgeon about a haircut after a transplant.

What Are The Side Effects 2 Months After Hair Transplant?

Side effects following a hair transplant after 2 months may include itchiness, numbness, redness, scalp pimples, and shock loss. While other side effects like pain, soreness, scabbing, and sensitivity should have subsided.

Itchiness

As far as itchiness is concerned, you might experience a lot of it while you still have scabs on your scalp (which normally take 2 weeks to fall off). It’s important to not scratch the head as it might harm the grafts.

Your surgeon might recommend the use of a nasal or ocean spray for relief, but you must only use it after consulting with them. Even 2 months after transplantation, you might have itchiness due to different reasons, but for this too, make sure you talk to your surgeon.

Numbness

Numbness is another side effect that you might experience even 2 months after the surgery, but it should gradually wear off. It might take 4-6 months for the sensation to completely return to your scalp. Your hair should continue to grow normally despite this, but if numbness lingers, you must talk to your doctor.

Redness

You can experience redness not just in the recipient area but in the donor area as well. It’s also supposed to be a temporary side effect that should get better with time.

It should normally go away 2-4 weeks after the surgery, but if you have light-coloured and sensitive skin, redness can take longer to subside. But if it lingers, it might be because of an infection or something else, which is why it’s best to get checked immediately.

Scalp Pimples

2 months after, hair transplantation pimples can be another side effect you might experience. Scalp acne can occur commonly after this surgery, and it can coincide with the growth of your new hair, which is why you might see it 2-3 months after the surgery. But this isn’t always the case, as you might have these pimples appear as early as 2 days or as late as 6 months after the transplantation.

pimples
Hair transplant pimples

Other than hair growth, however, scalp pimples can also be the result of ingrown hair, folliculitis (inflammation of the follicle), health conditions and even negligence in aftercare. That is why if you see a pimple on your scalp, make sure to consult your doctor about it.

Shock Loss

While some people may experience shock hair loss 1 to 8 weeks after their surgery, it can also happen months later than that. Since it’s a type of temporary shedding, your hair should grow back, but consulting your surgeon will be the best course of action here as well. They might recommend platelet-rich plasma injections to help stimulate hair growth.

PRP to treat hair loss

Conclusion

After 2 months of your hair transplant surgery, you’re more likely to see patchy areas on your scalp than thick, even growth. This can be the result of the shock loss which patients can experience after their transplantation surgery.

While it may seem alarming that you’re losing hair instead of gaining it after surgery for hair restoration, shock loss is temporary. You will gradually start growing new hair and see the final results in 12-18 months.

Your surgeon should give you aftercare instructions on what you can expect and how you can best take care of yourself. But if at any time during the recovery process, you feel like something’s not right or you’re unsure of, you shouldn’t hesitate to ask your surgeon. If you have a hair transplant in Turkey, our Aftercare team will be there to assist you during the recovery process.

Reviewed and approved by Trichologist Yaprak Yazan

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