A hair transplant is a great way to feel more confident in your skin, but you should be mindful of these aftercare tips and measures for the best results.

A man wears a hat as sun protection following transplant surgery

A hair transplant is a safe and effective procedure that helps you reverse the effects of female and male pattern baldness, hair loss, and other hair-related struggles. However, it is still a surgical procedure that requires careful intervention and aftercare.

The brief outpatient procedure you get at our hair transplant clinic requires little to no real downtime, hospital stay, or extreme bed rest. You’ll be up and about in no time.

Your physician will guide you in detail about all the necessary precautions and lifestyle modifications, both before and after your surgery; however, you can find a brief overview of some guidelines below:

Don’t pick at your wounds and manage pain

It’s tempting to pick at your scabs or wound, but don’t do that. In fact, avoid scratching the donor area and the planted follicles, because this may lead to infection, especially if your hands are not correctly sanitized.

Remain in neutral temperature environments, avoiding extreme heat or cold; this goes for pain and swelling management too. Never apply any icepack or pain relief medication on the sites. You can place them on your forehead or take them orally.

A woman touches her healed scalp and newly growing hair after a procedure

Stay away from manual labor, heavy lifting, or exercise

If your job requires manual labor, take time off while you recover, or find an alternative role for the time being. You should also avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting such as at the gym, running, or intense physical movement, including sexual activity for up to two weeks.

Don’t go to spas, saunas, pools, or public showers

Stay away from spas, saunas, pools, and public showers during your recovery period. Not only do they pose a risk in terms of infections, but they can also hinder the healing process due to water exposure.

Washing your hair is also going to be different while you heal, and our first wash should be under a physician’s guidance, on the third or fourth-day post-op. Any time you step out over the next few months, especially in direct sunlight, make sure the entire surgical site is covered with a hat, since sunscreen should be avoided.

Recovery after hair transplantation is simple but can vary. If you notice any aggravation or irregularities, develop an infection, or experience extreme pain or discomfort, reach out to your surgeon. If you’re unsure about the procedure, reach out to us to learn more about the innovative  FUE hair transplantation techniques that we practice.

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