Hair transplant is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for people trying to solve once and for all their hair loss problems. Even though the nature of this surgery, many men do not realise that hair transplantation still requires recovery time and post-operative care. It is crucial to know what to do after getting a hair transplant, especially if you expect to get the best results and return the soonest possible to your daily routine.
Healing time and post-op care after hair transplant have a great impact on the overall outcome of your procedure. The aim of this guide is to give you a peek about the most common post operative care instructions as well as to explain what is the average recovery time after undergoing hair transplantation and what may influence (by no means this should replace your surgeon’s instructions which you must carefully follow).
In order to achieve the best possible results it is important to correctly follow the post-operative instructions and surgeon’s recommendations. An inadequate hygiene, an incorrect application of the post-transplant treatment as well as not protecting the recipient area can result in poor growth of the transplanted hair.
Remember that your surgeon must provide detailed hair transplant aftercare instructions and the guidance you need before-during-after the intervention.
These are some of the basic hair transplant post-op measures most specialists advise.
As with all types of surgical procedures, the recovery time varies from patient to patient. When referring to hair transplantation, most are able to return to work immediately, while for others it might take a little longer. The first days shortly after having a hair transplant, patients may experience mild swelling, itching and discomfort in both the donor and recipient areas. These symptoms usually decrease within a week, however there are a couple of aspects that can influence the recovery length: the type of transplant technique and the case size.
For example, FUT harvesting method involves removing a long strip of skin from the back of the scalp, resulting in a large linear scar and obviously a long recovery time that may last weeks. Contrary to the FUE technique where grafts are extracted one by one; recovery time is faster and simpler since it only requires minimal incisions and none stitches.
When it comes to the case size of a hair transplant, each patient will have different needs. There is no comparison between the amount of grafts needed by a person suffering from severe male pattern baldness with another who only requires a few grafts in the hairline.
As stated before, hair transplants are nowadays a minimally invasive intervention that allows patients to quickly return to their social and professional activities in a very short time; however, it’s important that you follow all the instructions given by the surgeon and take the prescribed medicines in order to speed up the recovery process and get desirable results.
Many factors can lead someone to experience a receding hairline, from a stressful lifestyle and medications to a hormonal imbalance and poor nutrition.
Both offer a permanent solution to hair loss problems, with surprising results translated into a completely natural hair look.