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We get a lot of questions from our patients at our Los Angeles hair transplant clinic about scarring, the procedure, the post-op. And with good reason — it’s a surgery and you earn the right to get all of your questions answered.
One question that’s important is. “What should I expect after the hair restoration procedure?” Many want to know how long is the recovery period, when they can go back to work or go back to their normal exercise regimen, for example.
Sleeping the first five days after a hair transplant procedure
When you go home from your hair restoration surgery, the first five nights we recommend you sleep with your head elevated to avoid swelling of the scalp and rubbing the head on the pillow and potentially dislodging one of the grafts. Put three pillows behind your head and sleep in an upward elevated position to avoid any problems with healing or the grafts.
Washing your hair
Washing your hair after the procedure is crucial to proper healing and it is important to follow the instructions in the post-operative care. Wait a day before washing your scalp. On the second day after the procedure and the seven to ten days following, we recommend washing your hair with a cup. Mix water and shampoo in a cup and pour over your head. Then fill a cup of just water and pour over again to make sure all the shampoo is washed out (we recommend Tricomin for faster healing and to block theDHT for future hair loss). Keeping the recipient sites moist actually promotes healing. GraftCyte, or even saline solution, sprayed on the grafts a number of times throughout the day will help this process.
As far as pain after a hair transplant procedure, many patients report that the pain is minimal to very low, depending on the patient. And discomfort typically only lasts a day or two followed by 7 to 10 days of tenderness to the touch. Pain can usually be managed with Ibuprofen or Extra-Strength Tylenol, for example. The doctor may also recommend sleeping medication for the first night or two.
Healing after a hair transplant procedure
First, the sites will form small scabs as they heal – it’s important not to pick or touch the scabs as it heals so as not to dislodge the grafts, as they are sensitive and most susceptible to trauma in the first three days after the procedure.
When you will start to see growth
Transplanted hair generally sheds in 90% of people and you do not see anything until about 3 months after the hair transplant procedure, the beginning of the hair growth starts about one month after the hair transplant procedure. After the third month, you may start seeing growth of most transplanted hair. That is more obvious for the patients who do not have any hair at all.
People who already have some hair will not be able to see much before 6–8 months from the time of their surgery when transplanted hair is long and thick enough to be distinguished.
Whether the Follicular Unit Extraction procedure or the Strip Harvesting technique, when performed by a skilled surgeon the scarring is minimal and should be undetectable. The FUE procedure leaves small, circular marks.