This blog serves as good news to most of those who wish to have fuller, thicker hair. Whilst there are many reasons for receding hairline and hair fall, you will be pleased to hear that there are many ways to combat this problem. Ever-evolving hair transplantation techniques are becoming rapidly popular worldwide. Hairsure international has been voted as the best hair transplant centre in Hyderabad city for 2021 by the Times Health Survey.
To understand in simple terms, a hair transplant or surgical hair restoration is a procedure in which hair follicles from a part of the body, referred to as the ‘donor site, are transferred to a bald or balding part of the body called the ‘recipient site’.
Though this procedure is cosmetic surgery, it is essential to follow some dos and don’ts to enjoy the maximum result.
Follow the below guidelines after your hair transplant procedure, and you can redeem your crowning glory.
What to DO? – DO’s
- Though a minimal procedure, a hair transplant is still surgery. Hence, please do get someone to take you home safely. During the procedure, anaesthetics are administered to relieve pain and help you relax. By the time the surgery is done, the effect of anaesthesia doesn’t wear off. Hence, driving yourself home while on the sedative is not advisable.
- Follow religiously all the directions given by your surgeon for postoperative care. You can get these guidelines from the internet, but the best person to follow would be the surgeon who performed the surgery. They will give recommendations based on your lifestyle, age, and overall health.
- It is highly essential to keep your scalp dry, especially on the first day. This allows the skin to heal.
- Throughout the recovery, the phase maintains a clean scalp. Your surgeon will recommend how to clean your scalp during recovery.
- While there may be soreness and numbness in the grafted area, refrain from putting cream, gel etc., on your scalp, which your surgeon has not approved as it may only bring adverse side effects.
- Any Hair transplant procedure you undergo will leave a small scar. During recovery, it may cause itching. Apply antibiotic creams as suggested to avoid infection and reduce scalp irritation and swelling.
- Take your painkillers since the anaesthesia wears off 3 to 4 hours post-surgery. After that, you may experience minor soreness or swelling.
- Your posture while sleeping is crucial. For 3-4nights after the surgery, sleep in a semi-upright position with two or more pillows to raise the head position. Sleeping like this will prevent excess swelling on your scalp. Even better is to sleep on a reclining chair with your head elevated. However, if the grafting is done on the lower crown, sleep on the side for a couple of nights. This will not disrupt hair growth or cause the grafts to fall off when rubbed against the pillow.
- Take time off from work or daily chores and take adequate rest till the bruising around the hairline subsides.
- Follow up is usually scheduled two days after the surgery. The bandages are removed at the clinic, and a hair wash is done there.
- A day after the initial wash at the clinic, shampoo and wash your hair to get rid of dead skin and the scabs around the grafted hairs. If left, the scabs will damage the hair follicles and thwart hair growth.
- Use a surgeon recommended. On the next day, shampoo the donor’s hair and the grafted parts of the scalp.
- While shampooing, hand wash your hair for the first couple of days after surgery instead of putting the head directly below the showerhead.
- To reduce bleeding or swelling, you can use an ice pack in the first week. But do not apply the ice pack directly onto the grafted area; instead, apply on the forehead or back of the head.
What not to DO? – DON’Ts
- Avoid direct sunlight for a few days after the procedure, especially if the scalp is still swollen. If you have to step outside, cover your scalp with a hat, but not put on a tight hat.
- After the procedure, you will feel a slight itching and soreness but do not rub or scratch the scalp; otherwise, the new grafts will fall off.
- Alcohol interferes with the blood supply to the head, so do not consume alcohol for the first five days.
- The new hair growth requires a healthy supply of blood. Smoking also hinders the blood supply to your new hair follicles. In case you cannot give up smoking altogether, reduce the daily count of cigarettes and gradually, you can even quit smoking.
- Avoid sports or exercises for a week after the surgery. Contact sports such as basketball, football should be avoided for a month.
- Precipitation caused by sweating results in infection around the scars; hence avoid any activities which can cause excessive sweating.
- Avoid forward bending or leaning forward for the first week.
As mentioned above, based on your health condition and your area of baldness, your doctor might have some unique suggestions for you. Remember that post-surgical healing is mostly in your hands. You might have to wait for 3 to 4 months for new hair to grow, and sometimes it can take up to 6 months.
Our doctors at HairSure International are with you throughout the hair restoration process, which means they are with you even after the surgery is over. So feel free to contact us and ask us about any queries you might have about hair transplantation procedures. Reach us on 040- 42020202, +919494020202, or email@example.com.