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hey all

6 weeks post op- has 2000 grafts FUE.  Fully in ugly duckling mode.

I buzzed by hair a week ago because it was growing out at the back and sides. Looks much better when uniformly even. 

Assuming that I see graft growth 3-4 months in, when do you guys think it would be best to let the donor area grow out?

i ask because one month post op my donor looked a bit thin and I am curious how much “runway” (or time) is needed for the donor to fully thicken from a buzzcut.

In other words: if I let my donor and recipient grow out 4 months post-op, should I expect a good head of hair about 2 months later? 

Trying to strategize :)

Edited by HarryHonolulu

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Your donor might be experiencing a little shock loss so it will take 3-4 months to bulk up. However you'll find once a little more growth has occurred 2-3 weeks your donor will look a lot better !


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Once your scalp recovers from trauma, normal hair growth occurs at roughly 1/2 inch per month.


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I had the same approach and stopped buzzing mine around month 3... The donor hadn't fully recovered in terms of density, but it was good enough that I was able to let it grow from month 3 onward. I would give it a try around then and keep an eye on it every couple of days or so. As it grows in, if you notice that it's doesn't look the way you want it, just buzz it back down and try again a couple of weeks later. 

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