Post Hair Transplant Care Guide
Now that you have undergone the most important step in the hair transplant journey which is the surgery, the process is still not complete. In order to reap the maximum benefit out of the surgery, you have to take extensive care of the operated area of your scalp.
Many times it is observed that patients neglect the post-surgery process and care which in turn results in suboptimal results in new hair growth. So it is important to treat post-surgery care as importantly as the surgery itself.
In this blog, we will be covering the entire post-operative care that would be broken down in days so that it is easy to understand and follow diligently. If you need any other information regarding hair transplant read Everything You Need to Know About Hair Transplant.
Home Care Guide After Hair Transplant Surgery
The first thing to remember is just like any other surgery the part where the surgical procedure has occurred is in a vulnerable state and the first thing it needs is rest. So after the procedure, the patient should head home and take rest. You should avoid any kind of physical activity.
Also as the surgery could result in temporary swelling near the head, forehead area. To minimize or avoid the swelling it is advised that the patient should sleep with head tilted in a 45-degree angle for at least 2-3 nights.
Below mentioned is the day-wise care that needs to be religiously followed for faster recovery and optimal growth of the new hair.
Day 1 to Day 3
Hydration of the operated area is the key for the first 3 days. Hence it is important to spray the operated area every 60 minutes in the day with the solution provided by the doctor. In case the solution gets over, you can use tap water and spray it. Apart from hydration, the spraying makes sure there is no scab formation in the operated or in the donor area
Day 4 to Day 14
From Day 4 the regime of applying prescribed shampoo starts. This needs to be done once a day. The shampoo solution of approximate 10 mls should be taken and mixed with tepid water and stir to form a soapy solution. This solution should be put on the scalp and should subsequently be rinsed until the area is clean and devoid of any soapy solution. You can use a towel to dry it but it should be done only by lightly patting it on the scalp. Rigorous scrubbing is strictly prohibited.
It is also advised that the patient should not take a shower as the force of water can affect the operated area adversely. The spraying process for hydration should be continued in this period and the spray bottle can be stored in the fridge. The patient who has stitches in the donor area, should visit the clinic between 7th to 10th day of the surgery to remove them. Patients who had undergone FUE should visit the doctor as per the dates given to them post the operation.
Day 14 And Later
After 14 days the patient can use hair growth lotions & serums that will help them in growing their hair faster. It should be used at night before going to sleep on the operated region. This process should continue for atleast 6 months for good results.
After 30 days the operated area should have healed substantially and hence you can resume the habitual process like using shampoo. At this stage, the hair can be washed with shower which in turn would help eliminate any crusts in the operated area. Other regular procedures like applying hair gel, hair spray and even hair color can be applied.
What To Expect After Hair Transplantation
Taking it easy post hair transplant is a very important thing to keep in mind. If you are going for a vacation post-surgery, it is advised to do it after 2 weeks and even then the patient should not get sunburn as that might destroy the skin layer of the operated area.
If the patient’s lifestyle involves gymming and heavy lifting, then it should start by doing a light workout and lifting lightweight at first. Slowly the intensity and weight should be increased until it matches the previous lifestyle. Although the hair transplant procedure is safe, there are some side effects that you need to be aware of.
If you are curious and want to know all the side effects read more: 10 Side Effects of A Hair Transplant You Must Know
When Can I Expect Results?
Now that it has been 2 weeks post-operation you might expect a full-grown hair on your scalp immediately. But that’s not the case. Hair regrowth takes time and the patient needs to exercise patience. Initially, there will be very short and thin hair growth which might even fall off initially. But that’s not something to worry as it is a perfectly natural process.
The hair will grow again slowly and to see a decent result it will take atleast 6 months. A full-fledged growth can take up to 9-12 months which is a standard.
So if you take care and diligently follow the post hair transplant protocols, it is just a matter of time before you get the hair and the hairstyle that you had always dreamt of thus improving your self-confidence.
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