Post-Operative Instructions


Post-operative instructions are to help you achieve the best healing and hair growth from your hair transplant procedure


Only use medications prescribed by Hair Restoration Europe.  Alternative medication must be confirmed with HRE before being taken.

Sleeping Pill: (when prescribed) Taken with food before sleeping, do not drive or consume alcohol.
Pain Killer: (when prescribed) Two every six hours or as prescribed by the clinic; do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication for at least 3 days to avoid excessive bleeding.
Anti-biotic: (when prescribed) To be taken the night of the operation, the next morning and the following night

Recipient Area Post Operation Care: STRIP/FUT & FUE Technique

2 to 7 Post Operation: Lather the shampoo in your hands or spray directly on to the grafted area, gently “pat” onto the grafts but do not massage. To wash off apply minimum water pressure using a cup of warm water to rinse off the shampoo. Wash once a day.

8 to 14 Post Operation: Apply the shampoo but with gentle circular massage to the scalp and now use normal water pressure. You may now also use a mild “baby” shampoo after the Betadine. Wash once or twice a day.

Donor Area Post Operation Care: STRIP Technique

2 to 7: Follow the same washing instructions as in the recipient

8 to 14: Follow the same washing instructions as in the recipient

10: The suture in the donor must be removed by a qualified medic. Hair Restoration Europe does not condone suture removal by an unqualified person, any potential problem related to the removal such as scar stretch back or infection HRE cannot take responsibility for.

Donor Area Post Operation Care: FUE Technique

1 to 14: Apply an aloe-vera based cream to the donor area without rubbing too hard, morning and evening.

2-7: Follow the same washing instructions as in the recipient

8 to 14: Follow the same washing instructions as in the recipient.

Important Information

Sleeping/Rest Position: The ideal position is to place your head and upper body is at a 45-degree angle, using pillows to prop yourself up; this will help to reduce the effects of swelling and can be maintained for 3 days postoperative.

Swelling: Swelling is a side effect of a hair transplant postoperative and will reduce naturally over a period of three to four days. Sleeping position, the use of an ice pack and no long walks will help to reduce the effects.

Shock loss: This is rare but is a side effect of a hair transplant and can occur in the recipient and the donor areas; if you have a concern please contact the Clinic.

Alcohol, Smoking, Sexual Activity: Avoid alcohol, smoking and sexual activity for the first three days postoperative.

Exercise: FUE Technique: Refrain from heavy lifting or exercise for 14 days
Strip Technique: Refrain from any weights or exertion that can put pressure or tension on your back or neck for one to three months.

Sun: Keep the recipient area covered and avoid direct sun exposure for the first 15 days, but care should be taken for the first 6 months to not burn your scalp.

Swimming Pool: Avoid chlorinated water for the first three months, natural or salt/sea water gentle swimming after one month can be resumed.

Blood Loss/Infection: Blood loss is inevitable during and immediately following the procedure. If bleeding continues apply continuous pressure to the bleeding point with a clean swab for 20 minutes; in the event this persists, please contact the doctor. On very rare occasions transplant may become infected, ensure you do not bump your head and use only clean products; if this occurs please contact the doctor.

Numbness: This can be due to the severing of the small nerves during the procedure; this is nothing to be concerned about and temporary; in some cases, it may last a period of a couple of months as the nerve receptors repair themselves.

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 20-30% 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.

In repair cases, these figures can vary due to the complicated nature of the procedure and the previous operation/s having caused damage to your recipient and donor areas.

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