How long will it take to look normal again? Will the hair transplant be visible? Is there anything special needed for the best healing? All common questions from hair transplant candidates. Before they decide to book their procedure. Sometimes considering the best time of the year to book.
Healing time should be considered when deciding to undergo a hair transplant. Work issues, friend/family and just getting out and about. With minimal inconvenience and without feeling too conscious about how you look.
The first days and week can be the hardest. It is important to take care and not damage the grafts or your scalp. You should be provided with instructions from your Clinic. Don´t put yourself under pressure. In respect to getting back to work or social commitments. Your hair transplant is for life. The odd odd day, either way can help to ensure better hair growth and healing.
The healing process can vary around the scalp. Between the donor and recipient areas. To scar tissue to body/beard areas. The healing process may take different durations. Similarly, the healing may differ in different people depending on their skin types.
Skin characteristics verse good healing
A study report in 1975 by Dr. Fitzpatrick helped to classify variants in skin healing and developed a classification system for skins; the classification is also useful in body hair transplant to predict the course that the healing will follow; a brief outline below of Dr. Fitzpatrick‟s Skin 1 and 2 classifications:
Skin type 1- Extremely fair skin (always burns on excessive exposure to sunlight but never tans).
Skin type 2- Fair skin (always burns and sometimes tans).
An outline of the healing process for Skin type 1, 2 and 3 as an example during the healing phase,
Redness (erythema) that gradually diminishes to spots, white scarring, depending on various factors the complete healing may take from 4 to 18 months. Rarely 24 months. The more melanocytes (pigment-producing cells), the greater the chance of transient hyperpigmentation in the healing phase. Those with the skin types 3 and 4 (and maybe 2), may follow any of the above 2 patterns of healing.
Under considered conditions this references gives an idea of the healing process involved and what the skin goes through over the days, weeks and months before it is truly healed; obviously it does not take into consideration changes in the healing process possibly caused by not following instructions and how it may elongate areas of healing, making this irrelevant.
The healing process of the body areas is significantly different than the scalp. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or dark spots too are hardly ever an issue in the scalp donor area. One of the determining factors may be the larger number of sebaceous glands in the scalp donor area compared to other body donor areas. Different body donor areas may differ in their healing processes. The healing process may take different durations on different body areas of the same person even when the very same protocol is used. Similarly, the healing may differ in different people depending on their skin type.
Dr. Fitzpatrick Skin Type Classification:
1- Extremely fair skin (it always burns on excessive exposure to sunlight but never tans).
2- Fair skin (always burns and sometimes tans).
3- Medium skin (sometimes burns, always tans).
4- Olives skin (Rarely burns, but always tans).
5- Moderately pigmented Brown skin (never burns, but always tans).
6- Markedly pigmented black skin (never burns
but always tans)