Once you’ve undergone hair transplant surgery, you’ll be anxious to see results quickly, and will want to jump right back into your normal routine. However, it may take several months to notice any significant change, and there are certain post-operative guidelines that you must follow if you hope to return to your old self.
A few hours after your procedure, and once the anesthetics have worn off, you’ll experience some pain, minor swelling, and soreness on your scalp, and it may also feel itchy. This is a very normal reaction, and with painkillers, these effects will ease off in a few days.
Here are a few safety and care tips to aid in a speedy recovery after your hair transplant.
- Allow someone to drive you home after the surgery, since the effects of the sedatives given before the procedure take some time to wear off. Attempting to perform a task like driving during this time can be incredibly dangerous and detrimental to your health.
- For the first few nights, you’ll want to sleep in an almost upright position, keeping your head elevated. It’s crucial that you don’t rub or pick at the newly grafted areas, no matter how uncomfortable you may be. If you do, then it may cause them to fall out before they have a chance to grow new hairs. You can use an ice pack to reduce swelling or bleeding, but be careful to avoid the grafted area.
- When it comes to bathing, especially in the first few days after surgery, DO NOT take a high-pressure shower. It’s best to pour water on your head using only a cup. You can also gently massage shampoo in and around the donor area and scar to clear away the dried blood and scabs, but do not touch the transplanted hair. After roughly four to five days, you can resume bathing under normal water pressure, and at this point, you can also start gently running your fingertips through the transplanted hair, but avoid using your nails. By day 6, you can wash our hair as normal, while still being careful with the hair grafts.
- At all costs, avoid sun exposure while your scalp is still swollen. Be sure to wear a hat when you’re out in the sun, otherwise, your scalp may become permanently discolored. It’s recommended to wait for at least four to six months, until the transplant has reached full maturity.
You may have received dissolvable stitches, but if not, you will have to return to the clinic after some time to have them removed approximately two weeks after surgery. Overall, it’s a matter of being patient, and allowing your new hair grafts to develop safely. If you have any questions or concerns about your particular treatment, please feel free to contact us at Hair Restoration Specialists in Atlanta.