Hi Dr. Rassman,
About 3 months ago, I wrote to you concerning my situation at 7 months post-op. I had diffuse thinning in the frontal area and was a norwood 3 prior to surgery, and had 1700 grafts put in. At 7 months I was looking thinner than before my surgery, and could only find a few new hairs that were growing in, all very small (less than 1/2 inch).
Now, at 10 months these hairs (i can find only about 10) all seem to be the exact same size as they were at 7 months, and I have seen no new growth. This is very frustrating for me and I was wondering what your thoughts were. I took your advice and went to see one of your colleagues in San Jose, and he told me that I should wait until a year has passed to judge my results. But why do these hairs seem to be growing in so incredibly slowly if at all? If you could just mention what some of the possibilities may be I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks for your time.
To keep the blog readers up to speed, your original question (and my answer) can be found here: Transplant Failure To Grow.
You should see growth by this time. I would suggest that you make an appointment to see me personally. I will try to judge what has happened. Please try to get the preoperative pictures from your doctor so that I can make a judgment as to how much original hair was there at the time of the transplant. That will help a great deal because sometimes when people report these complaints, they lost much of their natural hair and the loss may cancel out the gain. Alternatively, the growth of the transplants can be estimated by someone experienced in this field.