I had a hair transplant done over a year ago (3500 grafts) and all in all I’m very please with the results. Definitely looks better than it did. However, one side came in much thicker and fuller than the other side. But when I now run my fingers through my hair on the lesser filled in side I can feel this stubble growth sticking through that’s about 1/8 to 1/4″ in length. The thing is, its been over 13 months since I had the procedure done but its been at least 8 months feeling this same stubble length on that one side. It just doesn’t seem to want to grow any longer than it is now. So my questions is… is it normal for some of the implanted grafts to not necessarily fall out and not grow at all but they’ll never really take and grow past this stubble phase? If so, what would be some of the reasons for this dilemma? I’ve been taking the prescribed Propecia (finasteride) but is there something else I can do or try or something you might recommended trying to somehow kick start the growth again on my thinner side so my overall hair growth will look more even?
I always advocate that if you had surgery and you are having issues, that you should always follow up with your surgeon. They are the best equipped to answer any issues arising from surgery since every surgery is different and not all results are the same.
In general if you are still feeling the same stubble a year after the surgery those may be just old hairs left in your scalp that are not growing. Think of it like a foreign body. If you gently pull on them it may just slide right out. I cannot say if the surgery was a success or if hairs will grow from that spot. Only your doctor can best explain this to you. Final note: I am just guessing all of this based on generality. If one side is fuller than the other, and the same number of grafts were place on both sides of the head and if both sides were equally bald, the a HAIRCHECK measurement may tell you if there is a difference in bulk/ growth.
As far as what I would recommend is deferred to your doctor who you have a relationship with. They should be better equipped than me to answer that question because they have examined your and know your specific situation.