If you’re thinking about getting a hair transplant, you should know that you will have to be very careful during the recovery period. The treatment is becoming hugely popular all over the world because it helps men and women regain their sense of self and build confidence. Once the procedure is over, it might take a few weeks until you feel 100% again.
Most people need between a week and ten days until they can return to work with healthy hair and a big smile on their faces. Keep reading, and we’ll explain everything you need to know about the healing time after having a hair transplant.
Timeline For Healing After Getting A Hair Transplant
Most patients fully heal 14 days after a hair restoration surgery. The first few days can be a little painful because of follicular unit extraction, but the entire recovery process isn’t that complicated. However, some patients may experience post-operative side effects.
First few days
After the surgery is over, transplanted hair can cause a few unpleasant side effects such as scabbing in the scalp’s area that received new hair. Some patients also experience swelling of the forehead and/or discomfort in the donor area.
2 to 4 days
Patients often experience mild facial swelling up to six days after the surgery. The donor area and recipient area start to crust, and this is when you should be especially careful not to touch your hair grafts until at least six days after the hair transplant procedure.
5 to 9 days
You can start washing your hair and moisturizing your scalp. The scabs will slowly fall off, and you should be scab-free within ten days after the surgery.
10 to 14 days
After ten days, your scabs will disappear, your scalp will have healthy hair, and you can return to work. All of the stitches are removed two weeks after the FUE hair transplant procedure, allowing the donor area to heal completely.
14 days to 2 months
Two weeks after the procedure, the hair on your recipient area will start to shed. That’s perfectly normal, and it starts happening once your hair enters the resting phase during the healing process.
2 to 4 months
Most of your transplanted hair will fall off during the resting phase, leaving you looking as you did before the operation. It’s also a normal part of the procedure.
4 to 10 months
New hairs will appear and grow normally. The hair is usually very soft and thin, but it gets stronger and thicker over time. The new hairs grow and feel just like the rest of your natural hair.
10 to 15 months
The new hairs become thick and feel like your original hair. It takes around 15 months to fully recover from the procedure and get a better look at the final results.
The Do’s and Don’ts After Getting A Hair Transplantation Surgery
As you can see, the road to complete recovery takes a lot of time. You must stick to these tips during the first year to ensure that your donor’s hair is strong and healthy.
You have to wash your hair regularly to remove blood, oil and gradually remove the scabs. The first wash should be two days after the swelling has passed. Shampoo your hair in detail, but don’t rub your fingers against your transplanted hair to avoid dislodging the graft. Make sure that both the recipient and donor areas are moist, as that helps hair growth. Use Emu Oil, Aloe Vera gel, and similar products to improve the healing time.
You will feel an urge to scratch your head all the time. Scratching the donor area should not be a problem, and it’s even a good thing because you’ll remove scabs and debris.
However, steer clear away from the recipient area, as scratching can lead to bleeding, infection, and other complications within the first week after getting the procedure. Keep the area moist, and control yourself from touching the recipient area.
Things to Avoid
You should avoid all physical activities and don’t wear a hat for at least a day post-op. That means no sports, no sauna, swimming pools, and similar activities. Also, avoid drinking alcohol and dying your hair to ensure the best results.
We Will Guide You Through Recovery
The recovery process can sometimes be very uncomfortable, and some patients may even experience unwanted side effects. Whatever happens, Dr. Emrah Clnik and the rest of his staff will be more than happy to accompany you through the entire recovery period until your hair follicles are strong and healthy.