View Full Version : What Does Early Growth Actually Mean?

Carlos Wesley, MD
06-06-2016, 06:33 PM
After either a follicular unit extraction (http://www.drcarloswesley.com/follicular-unit-extraction/) (FUE (http://www.drcarloswesley.com/follicular-unit-extraction/)) or follicular unit transplantation (http://www.drcarloswesley.com/follicular-unit-transplanting/) (FUT (http://www.drcarloswesley.com/follicular-unit-transplanting/)) session, the time period until the full benefit of the procedure can be appreciated requires patience. The term "Early Growth" is often used to describe the initial phases of this transformation. But what does that mean?

After being transplanted from the donor area to the recipient region, hair follicles lie in a "resting phase" or "dormant phase" for a few months. This does not necessarily mean that they are all hidden beneath the scalp surface. Some follicles persist in the "stubble" phase as shorter shafts as they lie dormant. Platelet rich plasma (http://www.drcarloswesley.com/innovations/) (PRP (http://www.drcarloswesley.com/innovations/)) can help reduce this resting phase.

Patients sometimes grow concerned that persistent "stubble" means dead graft after a few months. However, that shaft still has yet to be activated into the growth (anagen) phase. To illustrate, I've included a patient as seen eight (8) months after a procedure and his "early growth" as seen with global images as well magnified. As evidence that the "stubble" is not dead (but rather resting) a hair shaft from within the same follicle has taken off in the anagen phase. In time, the stubble will elongate into a lengthy hair and the "early growth" phase will become "full growth".