Everyone who has ever undergone a hair transplant surgery has been worried about their appearance in the days following the procedure. The scars are still visible then, and everyone wishes to conceal them with a hat.
All of our patients ask us about the safety of wearing a cap after the hair transplant and whether it would negatively affect their natural hair growth.
If you’ve been wondering about the same issue, here’s everything you need to know.
Why Is It Important to Wear a Fishing Hat After a Hair Transplant?
It’s crucial to wear a hat after a hair transplant to protect your implanted grafts. You need to protect them from the sun, wind, rain, dust, dirt, and other pollutants.
If you wear a cap, you’ll also protect the wounds and prevent a potential infection.
A fishing hat provides the best protection because it’s loose and doesn’t put any pressure on the grafts.
It also doesn’t irritate the scalp, so it can speed up the recovery of both the donor area and the recipient areas.
When Can You Wear Different Hats/Caps After a Hair Transplant?
If you ask any high-quality hair surgeon about wearing different caps or hats after a hair transplant, they will advise against any kind of head covering during the first five days after the surgery.
Most will recommend you wait at least ten days before wearing a hat or a cap.
It takes 7-10 days for your transplanted grafts to take root into the balding areas. Every follicular unit needs to stay in place without any interference to prevent any damage to the grafts and ensure optimal, permanent results.
If you have to wear a cap after a hair transplant before the tenth day, wear a loose-fitting hat that wouldn’t come in contact with your transplanted grafts.
Which Type of Headgear Is the Best?
As already mentioned, a fishing hat offers the best protection, but you can also wear a bandana.
It should be loose, wide, soft, and made from fabrics that won’t stick to the sensitive grafts and potentially damage them. For instance, cotton can stick to transplanted hair follicles and negatively affect the healing process.
Are you thinking about wearing a motorcycle helmet? Don’t, at least not for the first six weeks after the surgery.
What do you have to pay attention to?
The key is not to wear hats or caps that are too tight. When putting one on, do it very carefully. The same goes for taking it off, which is why it’s important the headgear is wide.
Don’t wear any headgear for extended periods. Wear it only briefly when going outside, such as to and from work, grocery store, or anywhere else.
What Could Go Wrong If You’re Not Careful?
If you don’t follow these simple tips above, you could dislodge your transplanted grafts and negatively affect their survival rate. You could potentially need another surgery to achieve your desired results.
If you don’t protect your scalp with a proper hat or cap when going outside, the worst-case scenario could be an infection caused by the dirt entering the wounds that haven’t healed yet.
Five-Star Hair Transplantation and Aftercare at Dr. Emrah Cinik Hair Hospital
Dr. Emrah Cinik Hair Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey, is one of the most renowned hair clinics in the world where you can get a top-quality hair loss treatment.
Dr. Emrah Cinik and his expert medical team are exceptional when it comes to hair transplantation. They’ve carried out more than 10,000 successful hair transplant surgeries to date.
They also prepare their patients well for the time after the surgery, provide outstanding aftercare, and are always available for their patients.
Contact Dr. Emrah Cinik Hospital today to get your free online consultation.