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Learn More About the FUE Hair Transplant Timeline and Procedure

Learn about the FUE hair transplant timeline and other helpful information for patients considering the procedure.

If you’re experiencing hair loss, you might be considering follicular unit extraction (FUE) to reverse it. FUE is a popular hair transplant procedure that is used around the world to treat hair loss. It involves the extraction of individual hair follicles from a donor site which are then relocated to an area with thinning hair or baldness. The rising popularity of FUE as a treatment option has led to more people asking about the hair transplant timeline. This blog will discuss the hair transplant process, recovery timeline, factors affecting recovery time, and tips for a smooth recovery. 

The FUE Hair Transplant Process

The FUE hair transplant timeline can be up to 12 months.

The hair transplant procedure typically takes 2 – 4 hours per session at most hair clinics and multiple sessions are needed over several days to complete the treatment. This is usually an outpatient procedure, meaning patients can return home immediately after each session. However, this procedure can be completed in just one day, within 6 – 8 hours, at Bangkok Hair Clinic. 

Our surgeon will perform the hair extraction using specialized equipment, which extracts individual hair follicles from the donor area, usually at the back of the head. Once this step is completed, the hair follicles are implanted into the recipient site where hair growth is needed. 

Recovery Timeline

The recovery process can vary widely among patients. However, there are some general guidelines on what patients can expect during the recovery phase: 

First Two Weeks

Patients can expect the area with transplanted hair to appear slightly red and swollen during the first two weeks after the procedure. Some scabbing and crusting might also appear around the grafts, but these should fall off naturally within 7 – 10 days. 

Three to Four Weeks

At this time, the transplanted hair may start to fall out. However, this is a normal part of the process and shouldn’t cause any alarm. The hair follicles implanted in your scalp are still there and will start to grow new hair in the following months. 

Three to Four Months

Patients will start to notice hair growth in the transplanted area. The new hair will initially be thin and fine, but patients can expect it to thicken and gain volume over time. 

Six to Twelve Months

The full results of the FUE transplant should now be noticeable, with the transplanted hair blending seamlessly with the surrounding hair, creating a fuller and more natural appearance. 

Factors Affecting FUE Recovery Time


Younger patients often enjoy a faster recovery time compared to older patients because of their body’s natural healing abilities. 

Overall Health

Patients with good overall health will likely have a quicker recovery and better results. 

Hair Type

Patients with thicker and more abundant hair may see better coverage and faster recovery. 

Surgeon’s Expertise

The surgeon’s skill can significantly affect the recovery timeline and overall success of the procedure. Treatments performed by surgeons with less experience can see the chances of success fall as low as 10% or see no growth at all. When performed by a more competent surgeon, success rates can be above 80%. Bangkok Hair Clinic’s success rate is 80 – 90%, calculated from a patient size of 500. 

Improving the Chances of a Smooth Recovery

To improve your chances of a smooth and successful recovery after your FUE hair transplant, follow these steps:

  • Follow your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions closely.
  • Use only mild shampoo, and be extra gentle when washing your hair. No rubbing or scratching of the scalp, as this can dislodge the hair implants. 
  • Direct sun exposure should be avoided for the first few weeks after surgery. A cap should be worn if this is not possible. 
  • Do not participate in extreme physical activities for at least 2 – 3 weeks after the procedure to minimize swelling and aid healing. 

Bangkok Hair Clinic

If you are considering undergoing the FUE hair transplant procedure, choose an experienced clinic with highly trained surgeons with an excellent success rate. Bangkok Hair Clinic has over 500 satisfied customers with an 80 – 90% success rate. If an unskilled surgeon performs the procedure, the success rate can be dramatically lower, with the patient experiencing only a 10% success rate, or they might even see no growth at all. 

The FUE procedure usually takes 2-4 hours per session, with multiple sessions required to complete the whole procedure. At Bangkok Hair Clinic, our skilled surgeons can complete an FUE procedure within just one day. This saves you time with the added convenience of not having to attend several sessions to complete the procedure.

Take the first step towards a more confident you; don’t let hair loss hold you back any longer. Our skilled and professional team is committed to providing you with the best-personalized care and achieving the results you desire. Make an appointment with us today and let our surgeons help you achieve your desired look!

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