After Surgery

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Post-operation wound care should be discussed with a doctor prior to surgery. Many patients have reported that hair restoration surgery discomfort is much less in comparison to many other surgical procedures, and suggest that the discomfort in post-surgery varies from patient to patient.  

As with any other surgical procedure, proper care needs to be taken of the restored areas as well as the donor area on the head.

Here are a few things to keep in mind following hair restoration surgery: 

  • The night of the hair transplant and a few nights following, sleep on elevated pillows if possible. This prevents blood from accumulating around the wounds and promotes smooth circulation. Medication may be administered in case of sleep deprivation or discomfort.
  •  For the first week after the surgery, it is advised to gently wash the scalp with a mild shampoo at least once a day. The surgery ensures that the follicular units are transplanted properly in the receptor regions of the scalp; therefore there will be no dislodging of recipient follicles while showering after the first four days if instructions from the doctor are followed properly.
  • Be gentle on the scalp for at least two weeks after surgery, as the scalp requires time to heal. Normal hair combing, shampooing, and grooming may be resumed two weeks after surgery. Hair may be cut three weeks post-surgery, but it is advised to wait at least four weeks before dying or coloring hair in any way.
  •  As with other surgeries, it is advised to abstain from drinking and smoking for 5-7 days following the procedure. These activities will affect the rate at which the wounds heal and/or cause undesirable side effects. Avoid exposing the scalp to extended durations of direct sunlight for at least 2-3 months after surgery.
  •  Following a typical surgery, patients are able to resume their normal daily routine almost immediately, although it is suggested that the patient limit exercises to that advised by the surgeon. Strenuous workouts should be abstained from for several weeks following surgery. Resumption of exercise routines is determined by the type of surgery that is performed (FUT or FUE) and the individuals' recovery process.
  •  In normal cases, if post-operative instructions are followed carefully, the hair transplant is minimally detectable a few days following surgery and negligible after a couple of weeks. Some patients experience swelling on the forehead and around the eyes for a couple of days after surgery, but anti-swelling medication may be administered for this. This sort of swelling tends to be gone by the end of the first week.
  •  It takes close to 10 weeks for transplanted hair to begin growing and may take 6 months to a year for hair to reach normal hair length and populate the scalp. Some post-operation shedding is normally observed while the scalp adjusts to transplanted hair and while the wounds heal. This may also appear as initial thinning of hair before normal hair density resumes.