A hair transplant is a delicate and precise operation and a combination of art and science. The days and weeks immediately following your surgery are important for a successful outcome. This is the time for healing and recovery, something that can greatly impact the overall output of your procedure. In this blog, we will provide detailed hair transplant aftercare instructions.
What does the Hair Transplant Recovery Timeline look like?
After the hair transplant procedure is completed, and you go home, you still have access to HairSure‘s full post-hair transplant aftercare program and expert guidance any time you need it.
Post-hair transplant can take two to three months before your new follicles fully take and begin to naturally grow new hair. Initially, the new hair may be rough and uneven, but you will soon be growing back the youthful head of hair you deserve. It is common for patients to reach full natural hair growth by around 10 months after their procedure.
But every patient’s results and recovery times are different. So If your hair re-growth takes more than 10 months, it does not mean that the procedure hasn’t worked or that your results won’t be as effective. But if you have any concerns whatsoever, you can call us or request a complimentary checkup as part of our aftercare promise.
Aftercare steps for 1-4 Days Post Hair Transplant
1-4 days post Hair Transplant is the healing period, and you must follow the aftercare steps set out by your surgeons to the T. You will need to spray your scalp with saline. It speeds up the follicles’ healing, protects against incision infection, and prevents scabbing.
Once you’ve completed spraying, sleep for a few hours.
The first few days after your hair transplant are for rest. The procedure tires your body out, and resting helps speed your recovery.
Avoid swimming, drinking alcohol, smoking, doing high-impact exercise, and more. Keep the scalp well hydrated during this period with regular saline sprays. Combing also should be avoided, but if you have to comb, do so carefully while it is soaking wet to avoid causing any bleeding or irritation.
If you have any irritation, pain, or discomfort during this period, please reach us immediately.
Aftercare steps for 5-9 Days Post Hair Transplant
The scalp would have started healing. This is the time to wash it again gently. The soreness and swelling will mostly disappear. Do not use shampoo heavily; focus on gently removing any dried skin or scabs.
Please avoid any high-impact exercise at this point after your hair transplant, just to be sure all follicles are healed before you get going again. High-impact exercise causes sweat, which is dangerous for the newly transplanted scalp.
10-14 Days Post Hair Transplant Hair care
Ten days after the transplant, your scalp will likely appear pink and scabbed. As long as there is no pain or discomfort, you don’t have to worry about anything. After the pink skin and scabs fully heal, your follicles will go dormant again, and your new hair will fall out, making you look like you did before the hair transplant. This will eventually lead to your transplanted follicles sprouting rich, healthy new hairs.
You can start normal hair washing. So what shampoo should you use at this stage? Use a gentle shampoo, and it should not be rough or abrasive.
How to wash your hair at this stage?
- Fill a clean bowl with tepid water
- Add a dollop of tea tree shampoo and mix it well with the water until it is soapy
- Use a cup or a jug to pour the solution carefully over the transplanted and donor areas
- In the transplanted area, pat down gently on the grafts and wash the suture line gently using a circular motion
- Ensure all the sides are rinsed off using ordinary clean water
- Ley your hair to dry naturally, but try patting gently with a clean towel.
- Follow this regime once per day from days four to fourteen.
In a FUT procedure, your stitches will be removed seven to ten days after the procedure.
You can exercise, but please discuss with your surgeon to ensure you are fully healed and safe.
3-6 Months post-hair transplant
Follow up on your appointments. Once the incisions are healed, let nature take its course, and your hair will slowly begin to grow naturally again. At this stage, the check-up appointments will be only after 3 months and after 6 months. We also recommend you take photos of your progress. Don’t become careless at this stage; please ensure you have these booked in your diary. Everyone has a different healing process. Appointments at this time will ensure nothing unusual about your recovery. You can further discuss any questions about aftercare and your hair’s future with our experts.
10 Months after hair transplantation care
You regain your hair, and it grows naturally. Natural hair regrowth starts around within 2-3 months of the procedure. That hair will be patchy and uneven since every follicle starts growing at different times. After 10 months, a hair trim is usually needed to bring all the hair back to the same length.
12 Months after the hair transplant care
After 12 months, you will meet your surgeon for one final appointment. In this appointment, we will check your hairline and growth to assess the overall result.
Remember these points in the days and weeks after your hair transplant
- Avoid wearing tight caps and scarves. This will hinder your hair growth and will not allow the surgical site to heal properly.
- Apply the recommended saline solution before applying a gentle shampoo. The salt will keep the area clean, speed up healing, and relieve any itching sensation. Store the saline solution in the fridge.
- Avoid the usage of hair products. Any hair product, hair dryer, or power shower will damage the hair follicles. They can shift before they heal, leading to less-than-perfect results.
- For four weeks post-op, avoid heavy lifting as it can negatively impact your healing. The same is true for any high-impact exercise or contact sports for at least a month after the procedure to prevent healed follicles or incisions from reopening.
- Avoid gym work, swimming, running, cycling, etc. These activities will stretch the scar.
- Wash your hands regularly as your scalp begins to heal; you may want to check it regularly to feel for any changes. But please avoid touching your scalp as much as possible to allow it to heal. But if you cannot resist, it is important to clean your hands and wash them much more regularly than usual with hot water and antibacterial gel.
We at HairSure International give utmost importance to the post-hair transplant routine. We are with you every step of the healing and re-growth process. Visit our website https://www.hairsure.in/ to know more or contact us at 040- 42 02 02 02, 94 94 02 02 02, email@example.com.