December 14 2005, 9:22 am PT | Posted in: Post-Operative
Hi Dr. Rassman,
I had a procedure of 1,600 grafts done on my front hairline just over 8 months ago. My situation was exactly like that of Steve Hartman’s, whose pictures are on the NHI website. The growth of my grafts didn’t really begin to show until about 2 months after the procedure. Now, after 8 months, the hairs have grown to length, but are very fine and thin in appearance. To compare, my transplanted area at 8 months looks like Steve Hartman’s photos at 5 months. It seems like everywhere I read, 8 months is roughly a good time to indicate how successful a transplant was. I realize that every situation is different, but I’m just wondering if (according to the averages) can I expect more density and fullness in the coming months? Am I just being impatient?
I’m very pleased with my results so far, I think I was just hoping to see a bigger difference sooner. Thanks for any help and I hope to see you the next time I’m in California!
At 8 months, the transplants usually show about 80-90% of the results, with more length coming in the following months. Steve Hartman‘s hair was an average thickness and your hair is very fine, so an apples to apples comparison may not be appropriate. You are asking if all of the hair has grown and the answer is effectively most have grown. You may need another transplant, which is not unusual for a person with very fine hair.