Hair Transplantation Surgery – The Do’s and Don’ts
You have taken the right decision to get hair transplant done at the best and safest hands. As much as you trust your surgeon with this responsibility, you also need to realize that for optimal results you should adhere to the instructions given by the surgeon. Post-operative care is essential to ensure a successful outcome in your favour. Before you go in for the surgery, understand the following instructions regarding what you should and should not do after the surgery.
- Keep the scalp around the grafted area clean. You may experience numbness or soreness. Consult your surgeon and apply only those products that your surgeon recommends.
- Spray saline solution provided by your surgeon on the grafted area, the stitches, and the donor area for the first 12 hours. Spraying prevents scab formation in the donor and grafted areas.
- Sleep only in semi-upright position with two or more pillows, during the first three days after surgery. Keeping your head in this position prevents swelling of the scalp. Ensure that the grafted area does not rub on your pillow.
- Rest enough during the post-operative period.
- Ensure that you visit your surgeon to remove bandages and to wash your hair.
- Shampoo your hair a day after the initial wash at the clinic, to clean the grafted area. Avoid showering for few days, instead hand wash your hair. Use products recommended by your surgeon for washing your hair. This will ensure growth of hair.
- Avoid applying anything on your scalp which is not approved by your surgeon. To reduce itchiness and swelling, your surgeon may advise a topical cream.
- Do not consume alcoholic beverages and vitamins or other tablets after the procedure. Consult your surgeon before you resume any medication after surgery.
- Avoid smoking, to ensure good blood flow to the hair follicles on your scalp.
- Do not bend or lift weight for the first 48 hours after surgery.
- Do not expose yourself to sunlight for few days after the surgery.
- Avoid touching the operated areas to prevent infection. It is normal to have some itchiness. Rubbing the scalp may result in the new graft falling out.
- Avoid exercising and swimming or any other type of physical activities that make your scalp sweat.
- Do not use hat, hair products, and hair dryer.
The post-operative care decides the strength of the transplanted hair to a large extent. Your new hair will take about 3-4 months to grow. Being patient and following the advice of your surgeon will go a long way in making the whole process successful. If you have other concerns or questions regarding hair transplantation, visit Desire Aesthetics clinic where doctors are more than glad to help you.