Do’s and Don’ts After an FUE Hair Transplant

The first few days and weeks of an FUE Hair Transplant recovery are the most important ones, they will impact the outcome of an FUE Hair Transplant which is why it’s important for patients to follow their surgeons instructions and recommendations. These are some Do’s and Don’ts that patients should be aware of:


  • For the first week or until the swelling goes down, the patient must sleep with their head elevated.
  • Should take the pain medication and follow their surgeons instructions to prevent any discomfort which will help with ease the pain during the first few days after the surgery.
  • Should be very gentle when washing their hair during the first week after the procedure.
  • Must keep their scalp dry for the first 3 days so that the scars can heal.
  • Should apply some ice just above their eyebrow area to help relieve swelling.
  • Must use keulal shampoo as instructed by their surgeon.
  • Must hand wash their hair for the first days after the surgery instead of putting their head directly under the showerhead.
  • Can expect their hair to shed from their transplanted area between the 2nd and 4th week of their recovery.
  • It’s recommended that patients take a week off work if possible to be able to rest adequately.


  • Patients should not apply ice directly to their scalp.
  • Shouldn't fidget or touch their scalp.
  • Shouldn't sleep flat on their head, this prevents rubbing the area that’s healing.
  • Must avoid being directly under the sun.
  • Must avoid activities that involve any excessive sweating.
  • Shouldn't smoke for the first few months of their recovery.
  • Shouldn't drink alcohol for the first few days of their recovery.
  • Shouldn't let water hit their scalp directly during the first 5 days of their recovery.

These are just some recommendations that patients should follow to have an easy recovery and successful results after their FUE Hair Transplant. It is imperative to remind patients that they must follow all the instructions given by their surgeon for the care of their scalp, this will help reduce any possible side-effects or discomfort. It’s also important to point out that if the patient notices anything out of the ordinary during their recovery, they must contact their surgeon and book an appointment. The surgeon is there to help guide and facilitate the patient's recovery.