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What to expect after a Hair Transplant surgery

After hair transplantation surgery it is recommended that the patient fall asleep with his head elevated on a couple of pillows. This should be continued for a few nights following the surgery, up to a week's time. Antibiotics are not usually needed for hair transplantion surgery but pain medication will be prescribed and should be taken if required. The day after the hair transplant the patient will take off the headband and will shower and then wash the scalp. The scalp needs to be shampooed every four hours throughout the first day following the surgery. There is likely to be a certain degree of tightness, numbness and soreness in the head area.

After the first day following the surgery, the patient should shower twice a day and will be required to carefully wash the hair transplant area with a special shampoo. Pay attention to the follicular unit grafts and be aware that they should not dislodge due to showering or shampooing but be careful anyway and make sure you follow the surgeon’s instructions. After two to three days the soreness should start to disappear and so should some of the numbness. There may still be some redness and swelling on the forehead but most of the scabs should be well on their way to disappearing.

Be as gentle when it comes to washing the transplant site as you can for the first week but after two weeks you will be able to resume your regular shampooing and hair care regime as the hair grafts will be solidly in place. After one week it will be time for your first scheduled postoperative visit and after two weeks following surgery you will be able to get your first haircut. If you want to color your hair then you can do so after three to four weeks following the surgery.

By two weeks time the sutures from surgery should begin to absorb and most of the discomfort should have dissipated. Some people experience a minimal of numbness at this point in time while the majority of people discover that their numbness is completely gone. Be aware that anywhere from two to eight weeks after surgery the transplanted hair will be shed which is completely normal and the hair follicles will then go into a dormant stage. At this time any knots that remain at the end of the sutures will fall off if they have done so already.

Do not drink alcohol for the first three or four days after the hair transplantation surgery and if you are a smoker wait at least two to three weeks to start smoking again as you need to give yourself time to heal properly. Avoid being in direct sunlight for the first few weeks following the surgery and after two weeks time has passed, always wear a sunscreen that contains SPF 30 or higher.

Most patients of hair transplantation surgery can return to their normal day-to-day activities relatively quickly. Limit your physical activities in the first week to the minimum and to limit strenuous exercise for the first few weeks and up to a month following the surgery.

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