After Hair Transplant Guideline

These post-op instructions provide you with plenty of aftercare information on what to expect after a hair transplant operation. It can help you with your head and scalp, including treatment for the transplant site. Follow these instructions carefully and refer back to them when you are unsure about how to take care of your scalp properly after a hair transplant.

Daily Activities

No Alcohol 5 Days
You should avoid alcohol for at least 5 days before and after your procedure, as it can impair the effectiveness of the local anesthetic that the doctor administers to you before the procedure. You will also need to take antibiotics after the operation.

After the hair transplant, patients should avoid excessive sweating in order to prevent damage to transplanted grafts for a month. If the patient is living in a hot climate, then it is recommended to stay indoors as much as possible for the first 2-3 weeks following the procedure.

It is best to keep your head upright and avoid any sudden movements such as intense coughing and sneezing following operation. It is unlikely that you damage a graft by coughing a few days after your hair transplant. However, it is still important to be careful while sneezing or coughing.

We do not recommend going to sauna, steam baths or staying in places that are very hot can increase sweating, these activities are as harmful as doing exercises or sports. You should not go to sauna or steam baths for the 1 month after the hair transplant, as they cause intense sweating.

Because smoking extends the duration of recovery, it is for your own good to stop smoking one week before and after the operation. Nicotine stiffens blood vessels and narrows them. This both delays the recovery and affects the new hair growth negatively.

Please avoid intensive sport that could lead to excessive sweating for 30 days. These include, among others: – Running – Sports and weightlifting or bodybuilding – Football – Basketball – Volleyball. Light exercise such as walking or yoga is possible after the 4th postoperative day. If you notice increased bleeding during an exercise, stop it and contact the clinic if necessary. Reduce the intensity the next time.
One of the most important precautions to take after a hair transplant is avoiding direct sunlight. After a hair transplant operation, a patient needs to protect the scalp from the sun for 2 months. Too much direct sun exposure does not only damages the surface of the treated scalp, it can also affect the deeper tissues and cause serious harm.
You should avoid swimming for a month after a hair transplant operation. This period gives the grafts and donor area time to heal. After four weeks, the grafts are securely implanted and protected below the scalp and there should be no concern for infection.

A patient can go back to work after 5 days following his/her hair transplant. However, people with heavy-duty jobs should wait longer to return to their work, ideally 7-14 days.

Sexual intercourse may cause a person to sweat. After a hair transplant, sweating should also be avoided. Your grafts might get displaced while you sweat, especially in the first few days.

You should avoid wearing a helmet or hat for a month. Wearing a helmet or hat after a hair transplant operation might harm your newly implanted hair grafts and you may end up losing your hair. It also causes sweat that leads to the falling of a hair graft from the scalp.

Patients should not bend their head for 3 days .So they will not cause grafts to pop out or bleeding in the recipient area. This is also an important factor for a successful hair transplant result.

It is best to keep your head upright and avoid any sudden movements such as intense coughing and sneezing following operation. It is unlikely that you damage a graft by coughing a few days after your hair transplant. However, it is still important to be careful while sneezing or coughing.

It is important to avoid scratching for a month as it can remove scabs and delay the healing process. Rather than scratching your scalp with your nail, you can gently rub the area.

Changing sheets and pillowcases 10 Days

To have a comfortable sleep after hair transplant operation and to prevent infection, it’s crucial that you have clean sheets and pillowcases. Make sure to use detergent free from allergens so you do not irritate or inflame the scalp as it heals.

Patients need to sleep face up with their head elevated at least 45 degrees for ten days, using a neck pillow.

You should avoid excessive movements such as turning your head quickly or bumping your head on a headboard.

Sleeping properly helps patients heal properly and keeps the hair grafts intact. Patients need to sleep face up with their head elevated at least 45 degrees for the first three nights, using a neck pillow. You need to avoid anything during the first few days that could disturb the new grafts from taking a firm hold in your scalp.


After Care

No bumping 2 Months

The first two months, bumping the head may result in a lost graft. That is why be careful not to bump your head anywhere after your hair transplant.

“How long should you wait to dye your hair after a hair transplant?” is a common question among patients. While it is possible to dye the hair after a hair transplant, it is important to wait several months because newly implanted hair follicles are sensitive. Harsh dyes can interfere with their growth during recovery. It is recommended that patients wait at least four to six months, or until the scalp has completely healed, before dying the hair.

It is recommended that you put cold compress or ice after a hair transplant on the donor or the recipient areas. Keep the ice pack at least one inch away from the frontal hairline where grafts were placed. Begin using ice packs immediately after the surgery and continue for the next 5 days. Putting ice around the transplanted area, such as on the forehead or on the donor area, makes you feel better. The application of ice bags on the forehead area and face can reduce swelling. Be careful not to get too close to the implanted area while applying the ice pack.

At the end of the first 4 months, a razor can be used after hair transplant. 0 (zero) number head should be used as the scalp is still sensitive. A haircut with scissors is allowed after a month, but you should not use a razor at least for four months.

A haircut with scissors is allowed after a month, but you should not use a razor at least for four months.

Face swelling after the hair transplant usually occurs between the 2nd and 7th days after the surgery. Post-inflammatory swelling is generally a secondary reaction to the healing of your scalp skin.To minimize swelling in the forehead or around the eyes, you can apply an ice pack over the eyebrows for 15 minutes every hour, not on the grafts. The swelling is a part of the healing process and will usually disappear within 5-7 days.

Numbness may occur for a short period of time after transplant operation. It returns to normal in three weeks but sometimes it can take up to 6 weeks. It takes some time to recover and get full sensation after your operation. The lack of sensation will decrease and go away over a period of time with the regeneration of the sensory nerves.
There can be a burning sensation in the recipient and the donor areas after hair transplant for 2-5 days which is quite tolerable.
Itching is a sign of healing and it is completely normal to feel a few days after the operation. Do not scratch or pick at the cultivated area. Itching may continue for two weeks.
Minoxidil, also known as Rogaine, is a topical medication applied to the scalp to stimulate new hair growth after hair transplant operation. Minoxidil strengthens the hair growth cycle and delays the hair loss cycle. Using specific medications for a successful hair transplant is critical to get a satisfactory result.

A burning sensation may occur, especially in the donor area, four days after the operation. In this case, it is recommended that you only apply the moisturizing lotion three or four times a day to your donor site and wait for it to be absorbed.

The first month after a hair transplant does require you to give your scalp and hair a little more care and attention than you would normally. Patients need to wait at least one month following their hair transplant procedure. Waiting for the scalp to completely heal will allow optimum hair growth results.

While applying the instructions and suggestions given by your doctor after the hair transplant, don’t forget that; what you eat also will help the healthy growth and strengthening of the new hair follicles. In this process, being careful about nutrition will increase the rate of cell regeneration and will help to shorten the recovery time after hair transplant.

Hair Growth Stages

Hair shedding 1-2 Months
Hair shedding after hair transplant medically known as shock loss, is quite common. Shedding of newly transplanted hair is considered to be a normal after-effect of any hair transplant operation. Shock hair loss is completely natural and triggers regrowth of the transplanted follicles.
In the first few months after the operation, the patient will notice new hair growth. This new growth cycle can vary from patient to patient.
It is the phase in which the results of the transplant turn into natural hair.
Between 6 and 8 months, the patient will notice impressive visible results.
The final results of the hair transplant will be visible within 12 to 18 months.