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Experiencing slow growth after 1 year post op

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I'm just curious to know if anyone else is or has experienced the same issue I'm having? I had my hair restoration procedure done over a year ago (3500 grafts) and all in all I'm very pleased with the results. Definitely looks a hell of a lot better than it did. However, one side came in thicker and fuller than the other side. And now when I run my fingers through my hair I can feel stubble growth sticking through about 1/8" to 1/4" in length. Especially on the lesser filled in side. Here's my dilemma. Its been over 14 months since I had the procedure done and its been at least 8 months of feeling this same stubble length. It's as if it just doesn't seem to want to grow any longer than it is now. So my questions is… has anyone else experienced implanted grafts not necessarily falling out but also not necessarily growing past the stubble phase? If so, what would be some of the reasons for causing this? I've been taking the prescribed Propecia (finasteride) and every time a had a follow up with my physician he keep telling me "don't worry, this is new growth." And each time I keep try to explain to him "if its new growth then why does it feel like the same 1/8" to 1/4" stubble I've felt for the past 8 months?" Is there something I can do or try to somehow kick start this stubble to start growing again so my overall hair growth and results will look fuller and more even? Any suggestions, advise or reasons for this slowing growth would be greatly appreciated.

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Again, I apologize for the delay. However, I have a possible explanation: short hairs of differing lengths - that do not seem to grow "longer" - is a classic androgenic alopecia (male pattern hair loss) finding. I think these are native miniaturized hairs. You may not be a finasteride (Propecia) responder. Maybe these follicles are located in an area of scalp where finasteride doesn't work well; maybe they are simply highly sensitive to DHT.


I can also think of two explanations for "short growing," "stubble-like" transplanted hairs: 1) you suffer from a different form of alopecia and these follicles are sensitive to DHT or miniaturizing for another reason; 2) these follicles were transplanted in a telogen - or "resting" - state, and still haven't cycled into anagen ("growth"). The short hairs being located in focal areas makes "1" less likely. I think my initial assumption about miniaturized native hairs or telogen phase transplanted follicles is the most likely explanation.


Unfortunately, only time will tell. If they are miniaturized, finasteride-resistant follicles, they will continue to produce small hairs or stop creating hairs altogether; if they are telogen phase transplanted follicles, the hair will eventually grow longer.


I hope this helps!

"Doc" Blake Bloxham - formerly "Future_HT_Doc"


Forum Co-Moderator and Editorial Assistant for the Hair Transplant Network, the Hair Loss Learning Center, the Hair Loss Q&A Blog, and the Hair Restoration Forum


All opinions are my own and my advice does not constitute as medical advice. All medical questions and concerns should be addressed by a personal physician.

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