Maybe you have already gone through it or you are still ahead of the -probably life changing- hair transplant surgery, and obviously most of the job is done by the hair surgeon and the team you decided to place every confidence in, achieving thebest desired results without any difficulties requires some time and effort from you too. You may have read and learnt a few things about the method of hair transplant surgery and hair loss in general but there are a few useful tips you should follow before and after undergoing the surgery. We are trying to help you to be perfectly prepared for every possible scenario and to avoid all problems and complications. Here’s some advice you should follow to make the best out of your hair restoration journey.
Things to do before hair transplant surgery
There are a few things you should take into consideration in case you haven’t had the surgery yet. As you may already know, you participate ina few consultations before the intervention where your surgeon and the team of hair specialists are aiming to design the most efficient surgery plan for you, taking all your qualities, needs and your medical history into account. Therefore it is essential for your doctor to know all about your diseases (even old ones) and the medications you took or still take, including vitamins. This is especially important in case of cardiovascular problems. If you suffer from skin conditions of any kind like eczema, they should be treated and suppressed completely before the surgery. Moreover, drinking alcohol and smoking should be avoided the week before and after the surgery and you should leave milk, coffee, tea or eggs out of your menu on the day of the surgery. Have a light breakfast and your lunch will be taken care of at the clinic since you will spend almost the whole day there.
What to do after leaving the hair clinic?
Now you are done with the hardest part of your hair restoration journey; the surgery is done, your hair follicles have been replaced and are waiting to grow and cover the bald areas of your head. The most important thing to do now is to be super patient because it takes quite a lot of time until you can actually see the results. However, there are a few other things you should be careful about in order to avoid any possible complications and problems. Naturally the length of your post-surgery to-do list mainly depends on the type of surgery you had. As you may already know, FUT (follicular unit transplantation) consist of removing a strip of scalp from the donor area from which the healthy hair follicles are then extracted. This leaves a thin, linear scar on the head which you have to be really careful about because it can easily get infected or inflamed. However, if you choose the safer and more advanced technology of FUE (follicular unit extraction) which consists of extracting individual hair follicles directly from the donor area, therefore not leaving any scars on the head, you do not have to worry about these issues.
However, there are still a few tips you should follow after having a hair transplant surgery and leaving the clinic. Since FUE technology does not leave any major scars on the head, bleeding and swelling is not likely to happen, however a few patients have experienced these symptoms so use a clean bandage if this happens. Your head will probably be itchy in the first week following the surgery but try not to scratch it, especially not the recipient area. Also, do not touch the crust that might develop on the donor area or around the newly implanted hair in the first 7-8 days after the surgery but on the second week you should gently remove it while showering. You should not expose your head and hair to direct sunlight so wear a hat or a scarf on your head (as a bonus,you will look very hip) and do not visit saunas for 6-8 weeks (the skin on your head is in a super sensitive condition so it is reasonable to avoid anything that is dangerous for it). If you feel serious pain or the skin on the head looks unusually red just contact your clinic, you might have to take some medication in addition to those that your doctor will prescribe for you (like antibiotics). In the first week after the surgery, try not to sleep on the freshly implanted side of your head to avoid any damage and do not wash your hair and try to avoid smoking as much as possible (if you are planning on quitting, this few weeks before and after the surgery will serve as a good trial). In the first few weeks you should also avoid physical activities like working out (or even working) so use this time as a little holiday and relax. On the second week you can use water to wash your hair but only apply shampoo after three weeks. When washing your hair, use organic, gentle hair products especially designed for post-surgery hair care to encourage hair growth.
Now comes a very important detail: the implanted hair will fall out a few weeks after the surgery but you should not be horrified because it is perfectly normal. The new, healthy hair will grow out in a few months, thanks to the relocated hair follicles and it will stay for good. However, it will take about a year till you can see the final and most spectacular results so do not get frustrated along the way; good thing come for those who wait. Hair restoration is serious business and you should definitely take it seriously too. However, you can forget about all doubts and worries because if you follow a few very basic guidelines and manage to remain very patient (that is probably the hardest part), you will definitely not be sorry for having hair transplant surgery. Your new hair and your new, more positive and confident self will be worth all the trouble and the effort.