A hair transplant might not be as invasive as an open type of surgery, but your body, and especially your hair, still needs to undergo post-surgery recovery. Similar to any other type of medical procedure, you need to do aftercare treatment to get the positive results you want. Failure to do so will risk damaging or losing your hair further.
Hair Transplant Post-surgery Recovery Tips:
Here are post-surgery tips that will help you recover quickly as well as prevent complications and infections from occurring:
1. Take Prescribed Medicines:
Most patients experience soreness in the areas where the hair grafts were taken and implanted. If the pain from the hair transplant is making you uncomfortable, you can have pain relievers. If it’s mild, acetaminophen will do. Be sure to have the consent of your doctor before taking any drug after your surgery.
A good alternative to medication is ice. Apply an ice pack to the aching parts of your scalp for about twenty minutes. The cold compress can help relieve the pain and reduce the swelling at the same time. Just be careful not to ice the grafted area itself.
2. Handle The Grafted Areas With Care:
Always be careful when touching the affected parts for the first two days after surgery. In case there is post-surgery bleeding from the hair transplant procedure, apply gentle pressure on the area with a moist, soft cloth for five to ten minutes. Rubbing too hard may cause the graft to be dislodged, which could require another procedure if the skin has already lost its viability.
Don’t dab too hard on the grafted area as it promotes scabbing and can increase the risk of infection. Some scabbing, however, is normal because this is part of the body’s healing process. What you should avoid doing is remove the scabs prematurely, to allow the skin to seal seamlessly.
3. Follow Your Doctor’s Orders:
Post-surgery, your doctor will provide instructions for you to follow. This could include antibiotics to prevent infections or some other medications. You may also be required to perform aftercare procedures or use certain products to help you heal and recover. It’s crucial for you to strictly adhere to these instructions. If you have doubts or questions, bring them up with your specialist.
4. Don’t Wash Your Hair Immediately:
Wait at least forty-eight hours after the transplant before washing your hair. After this period, you can shampoo your hair and rinse with lukewarm water under low shower pressure. Make sure that you use mild products like baby shampoo or hair products recommended by your doctor. Do this for the next two weeks, after which you can return to your regular shower and hair care routine.
5. Remove Scabs At The Right Time:
Scabs are part of the healing process and can be removed a week after the surgery. Letting the coagulated blood remain on your scalp for too long is not beneficial for growing grafted hair. A good trick is to apply conditioner five minutes before showering. This will help soften the scabs, making them easier to remove.
Finding some hair strands sticking to the scabs upon removal is normal. When the follicles are moved from one area of your head to another, they stop growing the existing hairs as they begin to grow roots at the new location. The old hair falls out to make way for the new.
6. Say No To Chemicals
Stay away from any type of chemical hair treatment like bleaching, perming or hair color for at least one month after the procedure. If you need to color or style your hair, you should do it a week before the transplant. Before engaging in any form of treatment, make sure that your doctor has already given a go signal since some treatments could damage your scalp.
7. Take It Easy:
Stay away from the gym or any form of strenuous activity for one week. Avoid physical exertion that causes your heart to beat beyond the normal resting heart rate of sixty to one hundred beats per minute. Your recovery period is a time to be calm and relaxed as much as possible. Practice caution in getting in and out of your car so as not to hit the top of your head. The transplanted follicles can get easily displaced especially during the first few days.
8. Be Patient And Realistic:
Even if you’ve had the most successful surgery and followed post-surgery instructions to the letter, you will have to wait between two to four months before the new grafts start to grow. It can even take longer because of hair growth cycles. Expecting too much too soon can leave you disappointed or, worse, compel you to take shortcuts that will endanger the health of your hair or prolong recovery time.
Recovery Takes Time:
A hair transplant is one of the best ways for you to regain lost confidence after losing your hair. However, it’s a treatment option that requires patience since healing, as well as seeing the results, doesn’t happen overnight. By following these suggestions, you can have a recovery period with less pain and free from complications. And the best thing is that once the grafts grow to your desired length so that your hair will look very natural.