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Hair transplants or restoration procedures are becoming increasingly popular among patients because of their high success rate and relative safety. On the other hand, hair transplant aftercare is critical to the final result and appearance of a transplant.
The hair transplant aftercare process begins even before the surgery. To ensure that the entire process is tailored to you, we ask all the questions we need to know about your health and medical history. One of the considerations we consider when determining which procedures are best for you is your post-operative care following a hair transplant.
Hair transplant aftercare is carefully individualized to you, just like all of our treatments. In this blog, we have answered the most common questions about potential side effects that might occur throughout the aftercare process.
The First Days
After the hair transplant procedure, you may go home right away, but resting for a few days is essential to assist healing. Scratching or picking at the wound is not a great idea. Avoid vigorous activity such as physical labor, bending, lifting, or participating in sports.
Staying inside for a few days is better than going outside because heat, cold, and sweating might interfere with healing. Wear a loose-fitting hat if you must go outside. Otherwise, keep your head uncovered. Also, swelling can be avoided by sleeping semi-upright and keeping pressure off the affected area.
Swelling and Pain Management
During the first week after the transplant, swelling in the transplanted area is common. Anti-inflammatory medications and ice packs applied to the forehead, rather than the graft site, may help. Every two hours, fifteen minutes of application should be sufficient.
For the first three nights, sleep with your head elevated at least 45 degrees using a neck pillow, or sleep on your side or in a comfortable chair to relieve pressure on the graft site. Additional pain medication may be prescribed by your doctor.
While hair transplant infections are uncommon, you must take precautions for at least two weeks to prevent dirt, dust, sweat, or bacteria from entering the wound area. Do not scratch or touch the transplanted area, and notify your doctor if you see any redness, swelling, or pain.
Sports, Work, and Activities
Unless your profession requires rigorous exercise, hard lifting, dusty conditions, or caps or helmets, you can return to work a day or two following surgery. Patients who travel abroad for hair transplants, on the other hand, are likely to desire to take a vacation after their treatment. After all, it’s a low-risk operation, and you are free to wander around the city afterward. However, saunas, steam rooms, Turkish baths, and prolonged sun exposure should be avoided in the early days.
Itching and irritation in the donor area can be treated with a conventional sterile saline solution or a specialized gel such as aloe vera. After seven to ten days or more, flakes or peels may begin to fall off the implant site.
After three to four days, you can wash your hair for the first time, using a gentle shampoo and gently pouring water over the area. Instead of plucking the hair, apply the shampoo softly with soft fingertips. Rinse well and dab dry with clean paper towels carefully.
For at least the first month, avoid bathing, showering, or submerging your head underwater, and only use a towel to dry. After about a week, you can take a gentle shower with low pressure to wash your hair.
Hairstyles & Haircuts
After three months, you may cut your hair with scissors. However, before six months, you should not use a razor. When combing your hair, be careful not to pull the roots out. For at least a few weeks, avoid using hairdryers until your head has recovered. Once your scalp is healed, you can curl, style, or dye your hair.
The first fifteen days after surgery are critical, even though the recovery period is short. Some redness, irritation, or crusting may be observed. Some follicles may detach during the first two months, but after the third month, hair begins to grow. After six months, you should see fresh new regrowth.
Hair transplant experiences and outcomes will always differ from one person to the next, based on your specific demands and the surgeon’s abilities. If you’re considering getting a hair transplant in Turkey, take a look at our other blogs as well.