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Why Does My New Hair Look Different From The Rest of My Head After My Transplant Surgery?

I am happy to finally see new hair growth within this last two months. But the grafts that were inserted in the recipient area look much different from my natural hair. They feel coarser.  Is this something that happens with everyone, or just me?

Ryan M.

Hello Ryan! Don’t be alarmed by the disparity you are noticing between your original hair and the newly inserted grafts. This is a very common occurrence and happens with other hair transplant patients as well. Besides differences in texture, other people will experience less shininess than what they are used to seeing and different hair color as well.

Although the grafts themselves were follicles taken from your head, they are now in a new environment. This transition obviously has an effect on the hair creation processes. Between the sixth to ninth month, hair tends to look frizzy. Some of the hair follicle cells have gone into a dormant mode. Therefore, only sections of the hair shaft are being produced.

And some time will be needed for the follicles to adjust and return to their normal levels of functioning. This can range from a year to two years. Understanding what hair restoration outcomes to expect will be helpful as you await your final results

But during the 10th to 14th month, the dormant cells become activated once again. They are once again able to contribute to the creation of more complete hair shafts. And this causes them to resume a straighter looking appearance.

Keep in mind that your hair grows in cycles. New shafts emerge for some time and then fall out. It may take two to three cycles before you notice a more normal look to your hair.

Patients who have undergone a body hair transplant would undoubtedly have recipient areas with a coarser texture. However surgeons can create a more even looking appearance by inserting both head and body hair.

 

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