Post-OP Hair Transplant Guide

Hair transplants are tedious surgeries, and require you to follow specific guidelines post-operation in order to achieve optimal results. The aim of this guide to give you useful information on how to best take care of your new hair. Please note that the present guidelines are not intended to replace any medical advice provided to you by your medical doctor. Whilst we make every effort to present accurate and reliable information, we do not endorse, approve or certify such information nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficiency, timeliness or correct sequencing of such information. Please always refer to your doctor or surgeon for their advice.

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What happens after surgery?

After a hair transplant surgery, the transplanted area will be swollen and tender for 3 to 5 days after surgery. Itchiness, pain, and swelling after surgery are common and transitional symptoms, which usually disappear after 10 days.

Transplanted area

Redness in the transplanted area may persist for the first 2-3 weeks. Post-operative swelling can occasionally occur on your face and eyes. All the scabs will fall off within a fortnight after surgery, many of them with hair. Do not worry: their follicles are already implanted. Pimples may appear during the first 3 months and will disappear naturally.

Donor area

Redness in the donor area may persist for weeks or months depending on the patient's healing time. Aloe vera gel may be used to ease the healing process and calm itchiness. There might be a feeling of numbness, slight punctures or discomfort during the first few weeks.

General guidelines

  • Do not smoke for the first month.
  • Sleep with your head elevated and only lie on your back, for the first weeks.
  • Abstain from alcohol and sexual intercourse for the first 7 days.
  • Cut your hair only with scissors for the first 6 months and do not use a blow dryer for 5 weeks. Hair can be dyed after 6 months.
  • Avoid swimming, sauna, steam baths, sunbathing and heavy exercising for a month.
  • Avoid dusty environments for 15 days.

Maintenance and washing

Here are some guidelines for you to follow starting right after surgery up until one year after surgery:

  • Do not wash your hair during the 2 days following surgery. It is also advisable to apply a cold gel or ice compress for 10 minutes on your forehead and around your eyes before you go to sleep to remove the swelling.
  • During the first week after surgery, you should avoid any contact on the recipient area. It is also recommended not to wear hard hats for the first month.

Foam Spray and Shampoo application

Foam Spray
Apply the foam spray on the area where hair roots are transplanted and let it rest. Rinse after 40 minutes. To avoid pressure, do not use the shower. Rather tap the foam on the transplanted area gently. Use before washing every day for 2 weeks, 40 minutes before using the shampoo.

Shampoo
It is recommended to apply the shampoo differently between the donor and the transplanted area. On the donor area, apply the shampoo and rinse it with a hand massage. Use only your fingertips and palms, and avoid using your nails. For the transplanted area, create a foam with your hands and apply it locally. Rinse gently.

Make sure that you wash your hair with lukewarm water and avoid any pressure. Hot or cold water might damage the transplanted grafts. As mentioned earlier, do not use a hair dryer to dry your hair. If necessary, gently tap your head with soft paper towels. Lastly, wash your hair once a day and continue using anti-hair-loss shampoos for 1 year.

Hair growth timeline

This is what a general hair regrowth timeline after your transplantation will look like:

As already mentioned, all the scabs will fall off during the second week after surgery, many of them with hair. If not all of the scabs have fallen off by the end of the second week, rub gently to ease the process.

  • During months 1 to 3, 90% of your transplanted hair will fall off. This is a normal process, occurring in 95% of hair transplant cases. Some of the natural hair located next to the transplanted grafts may fall off as well. This phenomenon is known as "shock loss". There is nothing to be worried about: the process is transient and your hair will grow stronger 3 to 6 months after surgery. The donor area will recover gradually as your hair grows back.

  • From the third to the fourth month, there will be a stationary stage. Around 5% of new fine hair may begin to grow during this time. Between the fourth and the fifth month, 20 - 25% of the transplanted hair will start to grow.

  • During months six and nine, most transplanted hair will grow (around 75%) and your hair will get thicker and denser.

  • After the ninth month, another 20 - 25% of new hair will grow. In some cases, it may take up to 18 months for the hair in the crown area to fully develop.

We want to be with you throughout every step of your journey and make sure your experience runs as pleasantly as possible. If you have any questions or concerns any time after your hair transplant surgery, do not hesitate to contact us and one of our Health Managers will be in touch with you.

From our side, we will keep in touch with you regularly to check in on your progress. We will contact you once you are back home after surgery and ask about your experience at the clinic. We will then keep in touch with you over the course of a year to check your progress, and advise you according to the stage you are at.

Disclaimer

The information in this guide is for educational purposes only and does not replace medical advice. Always consult your doctor before starting any treatments.

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