How Long Does Hair Take to Settle After NeoGraft® FUE Hair Restoration?

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


Hair loss is one of the most common and frustrating side effects of aging, affecting countless men and women as early as their 30s and 40s. Most cases of hair loss are genetic and associated with the androgen hormone, though other factors can contribute to thinning hair or baldness as well. For patients with mild to moderate hair loss or thinning, NeoGraft follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair restoration offers the life-changing opportunity to achieve the natural regrowth of hair without incisions, scarring, or staples. In this blog, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi and the expert team at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA provide answers to many of your questions about the NeoGraft hair transplant process, including how long recovery may take and when you can expect your results to become apparent.

How is a NeoGraft hair transplant performed?

Unlike traditional hair transplant surgery, NeoGraft hair restoration does not require a linear incision, stitches, or staples. Instead, a NeoGraft hair transplant utilizes advanced tools and technologies to extract single hair follicles from the scalp using a punch-style tool, meaning patients are left with no scarring and virtually no visible evidence of the procedure. During a NeoGraft hair restoration treatment, patients are kept comfortable with a local anesthetic. Dr. Kelishadi uses the NeoGraft handpiece to harvest individual hairs from an area of dense, full hair growth. The follicles are then precisely prepared into groupings of 1, 2, 3, or 4 and inserted into the scalp in areas of hair loss or thinning, taking into account the natural characteristics and direction of the hair growth in order to produce the most natural-looking results possible.

What happens after a NeoGraft hair transplant?

Almost immediately following the procedure, patients may experience mild swelling and tenderness at both the donor and transplant sites. After a few days, the pinpoint punctures made at the extraction sites will begin to scab over and flake away. It can take several weeks for the newly transplanted hair to become “rooted,” during which time patients should take great care to treat the hair gently while styling, washing, and rinsing. After about 2 – 4 weeks, the new hair will begin to fall out, which is a normal, expected, and necessary part of the transplant process, so try not to be alarmed. Over the course of the next several months, patients will begin to notice the emergence of new hair growth, with optimal results taking an average of 12 – 18 months to appear. For many patients, the outcome of a NeoGraft hair transplant is long-term, giving them a lifetime of fuller, natural growth they can feel confident about.

Am I a good candidate for NeoGraft hair restoration?

Prior to determining if you are a candidate for a NeoGraft hair transplant, Dr. Kelishadi will perform an assessment and consultation to better understand what may be causing your hair loss. The cause of a patient’s hair loss is a critical factor in the potential success of the procedure. Additionally, ideal candidates for NeoGraft FUE hair restoration should:

  • Be in good health
  • Have mild to moderate hair loss or thinning hair
  • Have remaining areas of dense hair growth for harvesting

Look and feel like your younger self once again with NeoGraft hair restoration in Orange County, CA

Losing your hair can make anyone feel self-conscious about their appearance, and it’s not always possible to hide your hair loss under hats or wigs. If you’re searching for a more convenient and longer-lasting solution for restoring natural hair growth, FUE hair restoration with the NeoGraft system may be right for you. To find out if you may be eligible for a NeoGraft hair transplant in Newport Beach, CA, call SSK Plastic Surgery to schedule your private consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon and hair restoration expert Dr. Sean Kelishadi today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.