The first month after a hair transplant shows some dramatic changes in your hairline. First, there’ll be some swelling, bleeding, and oozing (pillow protectors at the ready). After this, the grafts will start to heal over, creating crusts and scabs across your hairline. The grafts then start to grow — but before you start to see too much success, they’ll fall out.
This post-transplant shock hair loss usually starts after 2-3 weeks in the hair transplant timeline, and lasts for a couple of weeks. So what will your hairline look like 1 month after a hair transplant? In this article, we’ll examine the hairlines of 6 men 1 month after their hair restoration surgery, and explore some of the common side effects you may see around this time.
Hair transplant photos after 1 month
Number of grafts: 2,500
Areas covered: temples, hairline, mid-scalp, crown
This follicular unit extraction (FUE) Wimpole Clinic patient had sparse coverage across his mid scalp before surgery, with almost all the hair having disappeared from his temples and frontal hairline.
One month after his procedure, the shape of his new hairline is still visible, although there’s not much growth from the grafts. This is expected at this stage. Some longer hairs are visible, but these are likely to be existing pre-transplant hairs.
There’s still some redness around the scalp. In most patients, this clears up within a couple of weeks as the inflammation settles. But some patients are prone to slower healing. In these cases, it may take a month or more for the redness to go down completely. If you still see redness after around 2 months, speak to your hair transplant clinic for advice.
Number of grafts: 5,700
Area covered: temples, hairline, mid scalp
Most of this patient’s hair loss was across the temples, but he was also starting to thin around the crown. His procedure has brought his hairline forward substantially, following the natural curve of his forehead to create an organic-looking hairline. The patient has started to lose his grafts at this point, so the density is very thin. But this should fill out in the coming months.
Despite this patient’s widespread hair loss, a 5700 graft count is almost the maximum number of grafts that should be taken in a single session . A 5000 graft hair transplant is rarely needed, and can put patients at risk of graft overharvesting.
Although this patient appears to have a good result 1 month after his hair transplant, this could potentially have been achieved with fewer grafts. The patient had his hair transplant in Turkey, where it’s more common for unscrupulous clinics to artificially inflate the graft count so you may pay more than you need to for your transplant. Learn more about getting a hair transplant abroad, and the best countries to get a hair transplant.
FUE results after 1 month
Number of grafts: 2,000-2,500
Area covered: temples, hairline
This patient’s hairline was receding significantly by the relatively young age of 27. While he knew he was experiencing male pattern baldness before this, he eventually turned to a hair transplant as he was no longer happy with the extent of his hair loss.
The patient reported that his transplant began to look worse approximately 1 month after the procedure, due to shock hair loss. But because he was prepared for it, he didn’t feel bad about it. That’s why it’s so important to know what to expect during hair transplant recovery.
Like the Wimpole Clinic patient above, this patient also has some lingering redness in the area. But his new hairline appears neat and natural, with his temple hair loss completely covered.
Number of grafts: 2,500
Area covered: hairline
The baseline photo for this patient was taken the day of his hair transplant. Because his hair is thick and long, he could easily cover up his receding hairline before the transplant. But eventually his hair may have thinned further, making his hair loss more obvious. His hair transplant has preemptively repaired his receding hairline.
A month later, his hair grafts are beginning to fall out. Shock hair loss has impacted all of these patients at this stage, showing just how common it is for your grafts to shed in the weeks following FUE or FUSS transplantation. The individual graft entrances are also visible for this patient 1 month after his hair transplant. Lingering signs of a hair transplant tend to be more visible on people with fairer skin tones.
What does the hair transplant donor area look like after 1 month?
It’s not just the graft area that will look different a month after your hair transplant. Your donor area should also be healing nicely. If you’ve had FUE or unshaven FUE (UFUE) treatment, the tiny wounds should have healed up and the hair across your head will have started to grow to cover the area.
This patient’s hair is still a little shorter in the donor area, but will soon be long enough to disguise the graft removal:
FUT/FUSS recovery tends to take a little longer, but after a month you should still see significant healing and hair regrowth. Here’s the scarring in an FUT patient 1 month after his surgery:
Why is my scalp itchy 1 month after my hair transplant?
Itchiness is very common in the first few weeks after a hair transplant . Histamines — the chemicals that make you itch — are released as part of the body’s anti-inflammatory response. Hair transplant side effects like this usually disappear in less than a month, but you may experience some lingering itchiness, especially if you’ve had complications or your recovery has been slow.
Itchiness often subsides if you take an antihistamine, or when you wash your hair after your hair transplant. If the itchiness persists for longer than a month, speak to your clinic. They may prescribe a steroid cream to help relieve the itch.
Next steps in the hair transplant timeline
See what your hair transplant will look like at each stage of the hair transplant growth chart:
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