Post Hair Transplant: What to Expect

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Posted on : October 14, 2016 | Category : Hair Transplant | Author: John Kahen

Hair transplant surgery is an out-patient surgical procedure - it is a minor surgery.   Going back to work the next day might be very realistic, it is up to the time it takes for you to recover, and the suggestion of your hair transplant surgeon. Here is a step-by-step idea of what you can usually expect post hair restoration surgery:

Time Hair Transplant Area Surgical Donor Site
Next day Wash area as instructed by the hair restoration surgeon. Some soreness and discomfort.
2-3 days post-op A little bit of redness, scabbing is almost gone and perhaps a bit of selling on the forehead. Numbness may continue and soreness starts to disappear.
1-2 weeks post-op 1st post-op visit, swelling resolved, feels like a 5 o’clock shadow beard, redness is diminishing. Occasional numbness, absorption of suture, discomfort is gone soreness starts to disappear.
2-8 weeks post-op Donor's hair sheds while follicles begin a dormant stage. Sutures start to fall off.
2-6 months post-op Hair could still shed from the transplanted area, very fine baby-like hair begins to grow from transplanted follicles. Generally — numbness is gone by now.
6-12 months post-op Most of the shed hair starts to grow, hair continues to grow and textural change occurs.  Possible second procedure evaluation.  
1-2 years post-op The majority of the final appearance is usually present, possible fullness texture returns to normal.  

These are general post-operative results to hair restoration procedures, each person reacts different to surgery and a consultation with a qualified doctor is needed to determine the qualification and results of any individual hair restoration surgical procedure.