How many hairs are necessary to achieve a good result with the hair transplant?

The number differs in each case – it depends on the size of the recipient area, the natural density of the hair, and the quality of the donor hairs as well.

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Bartlomiej contacted our clinic in early July 2017.

He sent us photos to be evaluated and explained that his goal was to restore his receding hairline.

Before the hair transplant

Based on his pictures the doctors suggested 5-6000 hairs to be implanted, depending on the shape and position of the hairline he had in mind.

After receiving his treatment plan options, Bartlomiej was quick to book in. Two days after receiving the precise details, he reserved one of the last availabilities for August.

He had his surgery on the 23-24th of August 2017, when a total of 6397 hairs were transplanted to the frontal zone.

After surgery day

With the FUE2 Safe System method, we use the success rate is exceptionally high. With this technique, around 95% of the transplanted hairs grow out.

However, proper aftercare is essential to achieve a good result.

To make sure that everything goes well and that the surgeons can aid their patients after they travel back home, we have 6 follow-ups after the procedure.

Though it is an option to attend the check-ups in person at one of our consultations, the majority of the patients send us photos in due course.

Naturally, patients are always free to send us photos for a check at any point they have questions or concerns.

The first check-up is 1 week after the surgery.

At this point, the implanted hairs must be in place and there should be no sign of inflammation. A bit of numbness or itching is a normal part of the healing.

In Bartlomiej’s case everything was in order at the first check-up:

1st check-up – 1 week after the surgery

From the 2nd post-op week patients have to start soaking and massaging the implanted area.
This must be done ever so gently, to gradually remove the scabs.

The amount of scabs and how many soaks it takes to remove them depends on several individual aspects.

It is completely fine if there are still some scabs 2 weeks after the surgery, but the scalp must be completely clean by the 3rd check-up:

Between the 3rd post-op week and the 3rd post-op month, the transplanted hairs fall out.

By this time the implanted roots are embedded in their new place, only the hair strands are falling.

As a result, by the 4th check-up, the density of the implanted area is almost the same it was before the transplant.

In Bartlomiej’s case a few hairs were already grown out by the end of the 3rd post-op month:

4th check-up – 3 months after the surgery

The transplanted hairs start to grow out from the 4th post-op month.

In many cases patients experience a striking change. Usually approximately 50% of the transplanted hairs grow out in only 3 months.

As in Bartlomiej’s case the hairs started to grow out a bit earlier, the density was superb by the 6 months’ check-up:

5th check-up – 6 months after the surgery

Typically the remaining hairs grow out by the 12th month after the surgery.

Even if the progress is slower, the regrowth of the new hairs ends in 15-18 months after the surgery.

Bartlomiej could see the outcome of the hair transplant 1 year after his surgery:

Final check-up and result 1 year after the hair transplant