A hair transplant is a minor surgical procedure. As a result, is an out-patient procedure. Therefore, being able to return home the same day. Before leaving your surgeon will take you through the do´s and don´ts. Specifically for your post-op care and hair transplant healing. This is similar for either hair transplant technique. FUT or FUE, including Body Hair. With minor differences more concerned with donor area care.
This will also include providing medications. Often cleaning and healing treatments. Post-op care and instructions may vary from clinic to clinic. It is important to follow the instructions provided to you. They are designed for your care. To promote the best healing and hair growth from your experience.
The first days are important
Medications can range from a mild sedative to help sleeping to a pain killer. Often an antibiotic as a precaution. Other treatments can range from a sterilising solution to help maintain healthy hair and scalp, Also, shampoos or anti-bacterial wash to keep the area clean.
Ideally plan your recovery time to allow for the immediate healing. As a result, reduce any stress of getting back to your everyday lifestyle.
Better to take a few days to recover and relax. Most hair transplant patients try to take around a week or more off. This allows immediate healing to cosmetically recover.
The first few days you may need to adjust your sleeping position. Generally, be mindful not to touch your head with any force. The use of a travel pillow is useful in the first days. This helps to maintain a good sleeping position. Also, to protect your grafts from damage. This is until the transplanted hair follicles are secure in their new area which is normally between 4-7 days.
Washing and follicle care
Grafted hairs come loose with washing. As a result, don´t be worried or surprised to see hairs in your hand. This is normal and part of the natural healing process. By two weeks post-op, your scalp should be clean. Clear of any scabs or crusting. You are left with some transplanted hairs and the skin looking a little red. The redness will fade with time. Emollients like aloe vera or vitamin E oil can help to reduce the look of the redness.
Take care not to expose your scalp to harsh sunlight or sunburn. Also with chlorinated water in swimming pools. If you have any doubts contact the clinic and ask for advice. Your new hair falls out 30 days’ post-op. The hair follicles enter a sleeping stage. They start to regrow around 3 months’ later.
Hair Growth Stages
Hair transplant growth is slow and progressive. After healing the hair enters the growth cycles. The transplanted hair shed by around thirty days post-operative.
The hair begins to regrow three months later and over the following months more grows and matures. It is common for the hair to change in colour and texture as it matures and although the majority of hair growth is achieved at twelve months a full result can take eighteen months.
Monthly Growth rate post op (Virgin Scalp Approximates):
One: Grafted hair falls out and goes into a resting phase
Three: Regrowth of grafted hair starts 15-20% yield being common
Six: Overall improvement in the quality and amount of HT hair growing with 40-60%
Nine: 60-80% regrowth, in some cases higher
Usually, by month twelve all the expected yield has grown but the hair can continue to mature in quality.
You can explore more information of how a hair transplant works in the surgical hair restoration section.