Hair transplantations are typically performed in one day. The surgery will be finished by 6 pm in most cases, and patients are free to leave the clinic straight away.
However, the procedure doesn’t end when you step outside. There’s more to be done, and you have to take great care during the recovery period to ensure the best results.
Join us as we explore the most important post-surgery do’s and dont’s below.
# First week
The first week after your hair transplant is the most important.
Why? Because the grafted follicles are still incredibly vulnerable during this period, and they need time to acclimate to their new location. You may experience certain symptoms in the donor and recipient areas, including:
- Minor oedema
- Minor bleeding
- Crusty patches
The healing process may create itchy sensations, but it’s vital that you never touch treated parts of your scalp: if you do, you could impede the growth process. Make sure you apply the spray you were given after your treatment on an hourly basis (or as directed).
Your surgeon will prescribe antibiotics and analgesics for use after the surgery, to prevent any inflammation and minimise pain. If you still experience any persistent inflammation, though, get in touch with HairPalace immediately.
You have to consider your sleep habits during the first week too. If you move too much during the night, you could damage the follicles and disrupt the healing process. You should sleep with two pillows or one that’s U-shaped, to minimise contact with the mattress.
# Second week
While the hair cannot be washed in the first week, it’s essential in the second (but only with water, no shampoo).
Make sure you rinse the scalp thoroughly and massage it gently, to help remove any crusts that may have formed. Towels should be placed on the head to absorb water, without actually rubbing or wiping it.
Physical exercise should be avoided for the first two weeks of recovery.
# Third week
Wash hair with a gentle shampoo, such as one formulated for babies. Moderate exercise may be permitted, depending on your surgeon’s recommendations.
# Fourth week
Be warned: some of your new hairs will fall out during the fourth week.
Don’t panic! This is entirely normal, due to the shock the follicles receive during the transplant (known as ‘shock loss’). This lasts for around two months until the permanent new hairs start to grow from the fourth post-operative month onwards.
This renewed growth will be thicker and more youthful, creating a completely natural look. You’ll reach the final stage 12 to 18 months after the surgery, by which time even hair specialists won’t know you’ve had a transplant.
However, just one procedure isn’t enough for some patients.
When will two procedures be needed?
Hair transplant surgeons will consider a patient’s age when determining their suitability for a procedure. Young patients under the age of 25 may benefit from trying an alternative treatment first, such as growth-stimulating drugs.
Surgery is generally only considered when a patient’s balding has stopped and no further hair loss is likely. While transplanted hairs are not affected by DHT (dihydrotestosterone), the other follicles around it will be. This can create a healthy patch surrounded by balding areas.
As a result, a second procedure would be required to restore hair growth in the other regions affected. Performing a hair transplant too soon can end up costing patients more in the future, which is why it’s always best to be sure no more hair loss will occur.
A hair transplant performed by a qualified, experienced surgeon at the right time can be completely effective, but patients must take the steps necessary to ensure the best outcome.
Want to know more about hair transplant surgery? Get in touch with HairPalace now!