People who choose to go through hair transplant surgery have their reasons. One of the biggest reasons is how a person looks. They may not like the bald look or feel their hair is a part of their beauty and charm. A loss of hair to them means a loss of identity. For them, a hair transplant is the solution.
Do you feel that way?
If you’re considering a hair transplant surgery, you should know the things to do and not do after the surgery to ensure its success.
20 Key Tips To Ensure Your Hair Transplant Surgery Is Successful
Make sure you have someone there to drive you home afterward. You’ll be given an anesthetic sedative ensure you’re relaxed before and after the surgery as well to alleviate the pain afterward. This sedative will take time to wear off, which means you cannot drive yourself home afterward.
Be sure you have all the instructions your surgeon gives you for postoperative hair transplant care. There are some basic rules to hair transplant surgery, but it’s best if the instructions come from your doctor since they know what’s best for your particular situation.
Have the clinic’s phone number saved on your phone or put it near your rest area to ensure you or someone else call the surgeon if there are any problems.
Your scalp needs to stay dry for the first day so the skin can heal properly.
The scalp should be kept clean while it recovers. You may experience soreness and numbness, but do not apply anything your surgeon has approved of because of the possible side effects.
Take great care of your scar, which will eventually lead to itchiness and scarring. You can use an antibiotic topical cream that the surgeon will have prescribed. This will reduce the chance for scalp swelling and irritation and keep an infection from setting up. If you need medication beyond this, you’re advised to call your surgeon.
Take pain pills even if you any kind of pain or discomfort after the surgery. It takes up to four hours for the anesthesia to wear off and you could experience swelling and soreness.
You’ll need to sleep in a semi-upright position with two or more pillows elevating your head (especially for the first three nights after the surgery). This will keep the scalp from swelling. If you have a recliner, sleep in it, so your head stays elevated. If grafts were implanted in a lower area, or your surgeon used a strip scar, you’ll need to side-sleep for the first couple of night. You don’t want to do anything that disrupts hair growth or the grafts coming off when rubbed against the pillow.
Take time off work to rest to let the bruising around the surgical area to heal properly.
Visit the surgeon two days after the surgery to get the bandages removed and so they can wash your hair.
Use shampoo and water to wash your hair after the clinic does to remove the excess dead skin and clean scabs that have appeared around the grafted hair. Cleaning them will stop them from damaging hair follicles and let the hair grow. Ask your surgeon which shampoo is best and use it on yours and the donor's hair.
Hand wash your hair for the first two or three days after the surgery rather than putting your head right into the showerhead. A low-pressure shower should be done four to five days after the surgery. This helps to peel scabs off, speed up the healing process and decrease any signs that you had an operation.
Use an ice pack to decrease the swelling or bleeding that can occur during the first week. Do not place the ice pack right on the grafted area. Instead, put it on your forehead or the back part of your head.
Avoid exposing yourself to direct sunlight for several days after the procedure. This is especially important when the scalp is swollen. Use a hat when you must go outside during the day.
Don’t touch the grafted scalp. You’ll have some itching and soreness but do not pick or rub the scalp, as this can cause the grafts to fall out before the procedure has had time to work.
Do not drink any alcohol for the first week after the surgery. Alcohol can affect the blood supply going to your head.
Smoking is a big no-no for a month after the surgery. Smoking can hinder blood flowing into the hair follicles. It’s imperative for blood to flow to new hair. If you’re a chain smoker or have been smoking for a long time, it may be best to decrease your daily cigarette smoking for a few months before you go through with the procedure.
Sports and any kind of exercise need to be avoided for a week after you’ve had the surgery. You can resume physical activity after 10 days, but only minimally. Avoid any kind of body contact sports for at least a month.
Perspiration can lead to infections, which is why you need to avoid any kind of activity or stay out of the heat for a month while your head heals.
It’s imperative that you don’t violently blow your nose, lean forward or bend over for the first week after the surgery.
Again, every surgeon has their own postoperative instructions for their patients to follow and you should follow his/her instructions first. How much time you need to recover is really dependent upon you. Take all the time you need to heal, but don’t forget that it can take up to six months before you see hair growth. When it does, you’ll certainly feel more confident in yourself.