After a Hair Transplant

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Posted on : October 14, 2016 | Author: John Kahen

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.


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