What should we do after hair transplantation?
Unfortunately, with age, hair starts to fall out, which is why most people when they reach a certain age, hair loss is inevitable. But the good news is that there are many ways to stop hair loss and baldness, one of the best of them is hair transplantation surgery.
hair transplantation or hair transplant surgery has different methods that hair follicles are transmitted from a part of the body called a “hair bank” to a bald part of the body called the “receiving section”.
Please read this article for getting information about all kind of different methods of hair transplantation.
Given the growing demand for hair transplantation, it is essential for those interested in hair transplantation to know Post Operative Hair Transplantation care.
It is especially important to follow these guidelines for a successful hair transplant and a faster return to normal life. Here are some important tips from the moment the surgery is done until a few weeks later to get the best result and restore your hair.
Transplanted hair growth schedule:
The first 2 weeks after implantation is very critical and Post Operative Hair Transplantation care at this time is very important. At this time, around the transplanted hair, a layer of shells is formed that is gradually washed away.
After that, transplanted hair starts to lose and in the fourth week, there is no more hair on your head.
In the second month, the hair strands enter the relaxation phase, which is variable and the person’s face is exactly as before the hair transplantation. In the second to the fourth month, the hair begins to bud.
By the 5th to 9th month, the patient will notice that a large portion of the hair is beneath the skin. However, the hair is often thinner and become thicker over time. After 1 year, 80% of your hair grows and becomes natural.
In some patients, after 2 years the appearance of the transplanted hair may look as natural as possible.
Post Operative Hair Transplantation care
Be sure to bring someone to accompany you after surgery. It may take some time for the anesthetic and painkillers given to reduce pain and relief during the procedure to be eliminated, and the effect of the drug may not be lost after surgery. So driving while still having a calming effect on your body can be dangerous and not recommended for you.
Remember all your surgeon’s instructions for Post Operative Hair Transplantation care. Although there are some general guidelines for most people who do hair transplants, it is best to follow the instructions of the person who has done your hair transplant, as this person knows which post operative care is more suitable for you.
Store the clinic and Sinoteb contact number on your phone so you can contact your surgeon in the event of adverse events or emergencies.
Keep your scalp dry especially on the first day so it can heal.
Keep the area around your scalp clean throughout the treatment period. Although there may be pain, burning, inflammation, and numbness in the transplant area, refrain from using anything that is not approved by your surgeon on your scalp, as it can cause negative side effects.
Take care of your scar. Because, like any other surgery, hair transplantation is accompanied by some scarring and itching. You can use a topical antibiotic cream that your surgeon has prescribed to prevent infection and reduce scarring and swelling. Otherwise, contact your surgeon for any other medications.
Use painkillers if you feel pain during the 3 to 4 hours after surgery. This is about the time it takes to eliminate the effect of anesthesia and you may feel a little pain and swelling during this time.
One of the most important things for Post Operative Hair Transplantation care is sleeping. Sleep in the semi-right position and use two or more pillows to keep your head up for the first to three nights after surgery. This position is essential to prevent further swelling of your scalp.
If you can, sleep on a comfortable chair to keep your head up. If the grafts are placed in the lower part of the crown or there is a cut line behind the head, you should sleep side by side on the first two nights to prevent hair growth or frictional grafting.
The first few days after implantation when you lie down and lay your head on the pillow. Be careful not to touch the hair follicles with the pillow head. Tell your doctor immediately if your hair loss is abnormal.
Try not to sweat your head as this may cause infection at the transplant site.
Try taking time off from work so that you can relax enough and reduce the bruises around your hair growth line.
Visit your surgeon’s clinic two days after the operation to have your dressing removed and your head washed.
The day after the initial wash in the clinic, wash and shampoo your hair to completely remove residual dead skin and remove scabs around hair transplants. Cleaning the scabs will make them to not damage the hair follicles and prevent hair growth.
Ask your surgeon to prescribe the most suitable shampoo for you, and use it the next day for both the hair bank and the scalp.
Wash your hair with your hands for the first few days after surgery rather than showering your head directly. You can use a low-pressure shower about 4 days after surgery. This helps the scabs to peel off, speed up the healing process and lessen the symptoms of the operation.
In the first week, use an ice bag to reduce any bleeding or swelling. However, do not place the ice bag directly on the transplant area and just place it on the forehead or back.
Things not to do after Hair Transplantation
The not to do things for Post Operative Hair Transplantation care is very important:
Do not expose yourself to direct sunlight immediately, even after a few days, especially if the scalp is still swollen. If you have to get out of the house during the day, wear a hat.
Do not touch or manipulate the scalp in the newly transplanted section. Slight itching or pain are normal side effects, so playing or scrubbing the scalp may cause new joints to fall off before they have a chance to grow.
Do not smoke for a full month after surgery, as this can stop your blood flow to the hair follicles. Blood flow is crucial for new hair growth, so avoiding or even better-quitting smoking can make your hair grow faster. To avoid having to quit smoking suddenly, gradually reduce your cigarette consumption a few months before your scheduled hair transplant.
Do not exercise for up to a week after surgery. About 10 days after surgery you can resume your workouts with minimal pressure. Physical contact sports, such as basketball or soccer, are banned for up to a month.
Avoid activities that cause excessive sweating. Sweating greatly increases the risk of infection. That’s why it is better to postpone programs like steam baths or saunas for up to a month.
Other recommendations for getting the best results
At the end of the day, each surgeon provides a set of Post Operative Hair Transplantation care, and it is best to follow your surgeon’s advice. Besides, the best time for recovery is ultimately up to you, so spend as much time as you need to fully recover.
keep in mind that new hair growth can take about 3 to 4 months but in some cases, it may take up to 6 months. So, instead of anxiously waiting for the first strand of hair, get yourself a new job or hobby. And once your hair is ready for your big show, you can live with confidence and comfort.
Using a hat or scarf will damage the follicles as well as slow down the healing process.
Do not be exposed to direct sunlight in the early days after surgery. This will damage the hair grafts as well as prolong the healing process.
Avoid worries. In the first few days after surgery, a head injury is common, and this may lead you to think that these wounds may remain on the head forever. But it will disappear.
After hair implantation, it may swell or red around the implant site, which is a normal reaction. Usually, antibiotics are not needed after implantation.
In the end, it is important to know that hair transplantation requires a lot of information and should not be undertaken without consulting hair specialists. In Sinoteb we can connect you with the best clinics and doctors.
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