Healing After Your Hair Transplant; Detailed Instructions
Congratulations on making the big descision to have a hair transplant procedure with SurgeonGate, and thank you for working with us. We hope you had a positive experience during your procedure and have made it home safe. FUE hair restoration has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any cosmetic procedure and we expect you to be ecstatic about your results very soon. With that in mind, please keep this guide handy in the coming days, as it will serve as your manual for recovery.
Heading back home after your hair transplant
After your hair transplant procedure is complete, you should have arranged for someone to drive you home as you should not be driving for the rest of the day. Your doctor will send you home with gauze wrap around your scalp in order to protect your newly implanted grafts. This gauze wrap will remain around your head until it is removed during your postoperative exam, which may be 1 or 2 days after your procedure.
It is important that you mind your head at all times after the procedure. You want to avoid bumping your head into anything by mistake and dislodging grafts as a result. You also want to avoid putting any pressure on your scalp or rubbing it in any way. During the first few nights after your hair transplant, sleep with your head slightly elevated. Some even recommend placing a towel beneath your scalp in case there is any bleeding from the donor region (which is rare). Please ensure that the top of your scalp or recipient area does not come into contact with your pillow as you sleep.
Days 1-3 after your hair transplant procedure
The day after your procedure, you will likely be instructed to return to your hair transplant michigan specialist to have the gauze wrap removed. At this time, your doctor will also ensure that your grafts have begun to heal properly and there are no complications. There should be minimal pain and discomfort at this time, although pain medications will be prescribed to aid with comfort.
In order to ensure proper recovery over the next 3 days, there are some simple things which you should avoid. First off, do not get your scalp wet at this time. When you take a shower, wash only your body and avoid your hair. Do not smoke or drink alcohol as this will interfere with your healing. In addition, you should avoid direct sunlight as this can also minimize healing and increase scarring.
After a few days have passed you are encouraged to wear a loose fitting and breathable hat to protect your scalp from the sun. Avoid strenuous exercise and weight lifting during this period as well and make sure to eat a balanced and healthy diet that supports healing.
Weeks 1-3 weeks after your hair transplant procedure
In the 3 weeks following your hair transplant, you should continue to take it easy and avoid heavy exercise, smoking and drinking alcohol. You should avoid exposing your scalp to strong sunlight and chlorinated water for 2-3 weeks after your surgery as well. You should not use styling products in the first week either as the chemicals they contain may harm your grafts. None of these activities will destroy your results but they will contribute to sub-optimal healing and certainly affect your results.
After the first week has passed, you can begin to resume for normal hair care activities. You are encouraged to gently cleanse your hair daily with baby shampoo. Avoid harsh shampoos such as dandruff shampoos which can dry out your hair follicles. To ensure proper healing, your grafts must be nurtured and nourished constantly.
Assuming you follow your aftercare directions properly, the fact that you had a hair transplant should be unnoticeable after about 1 week. You may also be given medications to avid swelling and inflammation after surgery. Even with the medications, some patients tend to experience slight swelling around the forehead, nose, and eyes. This is not a cause for concern and should subside by the end of the first week.
What results should I expect after my hair transplant?
After your hair transplant procedure, it may take anywhere from 5 to 10 weeks for your hair follicles to begin growing noticeably. You may notice some newly transplanted hairs fall out at this time as well. This is completely natural, as the hairs may fall out but the follicles will remain. After the hairs have fallen, the follicles that were transplanted will begin to produce healthy and strong hairs just like the ones one on the back and sides of your scalp.
After about 6 months your hair should be long enough to comb back and in most patients, fully grown within 1 year. It shouldn’t take longer than 12 months to see definite results and most patients will have a full head of hair in 9 months. In the coming months, it is important that you maintain proper hair health in order to maximize your results. Simple things such as including omega-3’s and biotin supplements in your diet can help make a difference in your hair health and maximize your results.
If you have any concerns about your results, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you maximize your results and ensure that you feel confident and happy with your treatment.