A hair transplant is an excellent aesthetic operation allowing people to achieve a better appearance after experiencing severe hair loss or baldness in specific areas. This procedure can help you achieve increased hair density, a reformed hairline, and a full head of hair. However, a hair transplant is not an instant solution; it requires some time before you can see the desired results.
In the meantime, during the recovery period, hair transplant leaves temporary marks such as scabbing and redness. Such a look might not be everyone’s cup of tea. This is why many people wonder about how to hide hair transplants. If you are also concerned about the tell-tale signs of hair transplant operations, here we have 4 tips on how to cover a hair transplant.
Tip 1: Cut your hair short before the surgery for a gradual transition
Because newly implanted hair will be growing slowly, it can create an uneven look if you wear your existing hair longer. To avoid this uneven look, you can cut your hair short before the surgery for a gradual transition. Plus, because people will get used to your appearance with short hair, they won’t be realizing that you have made a change.
Tip 2: Wear stylish hats before and after the surgery
The best way to cover head after hair transplant is to wear hats or beanies. You can add to your style while concealing the initial look of the hair transplant. It is safe to wear hats after the transplanted hair follicles have securely settled into place. As a bonus tip, you can start to wear stylish hats before your surgery, if you are not a person that wears hats regularly, to change your style beforehand.
Tip 3: Have an unshaven hair transplant to cover the recipient area with your natural hair
An unshaven hair transplant is an excellent option for covering the signs of a hair transplant operation. Keeping your natural hair at a length that can cover the transplant and donor area, can help you greatly to cover up your hair transplant. This is especially great if you are having a hair transplant for improved hair volume rather than to cover up a bald area or reconstruct the hairline. However, you can still style your natural hair to cover the hair transplant on your hairline. You can consult with our surgeons to see whether you are suitable for an unshaven hair transplant operation.
Tip 4: Have a vacation for 10 days to get rid of the scabs
Unfortunately, there is no avoiding the scabs and redness during the start of your recovery period. You will be experiencing scabbing, redness, and sensitivity at both the donor and transplant areas for approximately 10 days. We advise you to take a vacation for 10 days to get rid of the scabs if you are wondering how to conceal your hair transplant at the initial stages of the recovery period. This also allows your scalp to heal nicely as you can rest properly without worrying about daily routines and tasks.
Extra Tip: Do not deny you had a hair transplant if someone asks
It is understandable that you don’t want people to know or fixate on the fact that you had a hair transplant. Balding or sparse hair can lower your self-esteem and you might be reluctant to share your hair transplant with people. But it is never beneficial to deny you had a hair transplant. If someone notices your hair transplant and asks about it do not deny you had a hair transplant. Chances are they will be excited about your decision and praise your new appearance!
Do I need to cover my head after a hair transplant?
Covering your head after a hair transplant can be a great way of both protecting the operated area from the sun and concealing the signs of your operation on your scalp. The best and easiest way to cover your head after a hair transplant is to use hats or headbands. Fishing and bucket hats are the safest choices to cover your head. Also, after the 10th day, you can start wearing more stylish hats that do not disturb the healing process.
Are hair grafts secure after 3 days?
After a hair transplant, transplanted hair grafts need some time to securely settle into place. It is extremely important not to disturb the hair grafts during this process in order to achieve the best hair transplant results possible. Usually, hair grafts need 7-14 days to get securely settled in. This is why a 3-day period is not enough for hair grafts to be secure after your hair transplant operation.
How can I expedite the recovery process?
There are several things you can do to have a successful recovery process after your hair transplant operation. It is crucial at this time that you follow your surgeon’s instructions strictly.
1. You can help the recovery process by staying away from smoking and heavy drinking as these interfere with blood circulation.
2. It is also important not to disturb the transplant area for the first week and not to pick at your scabs as they are a part of the recovery process and a way of your body’s healing.
3. You can keep your head elevated as much as possible while sleeping and during the day to reduce swelling.
4. Gently massaging your head after the hair grafts are secure can also improve blood circulation and help with the recovery process.
5. It is also advisable to avoid sun exposure as your scalp will be extremely sensitive during the recovery process. You can use suitable sun cream to protect your skin against sun damage or wear a hat when you are outside.
I had an FUT scar, how can I cover it?
The FUT procedure leaves a linear scar behind in the donor area. Covering this hair transplant scar is important for achieving a seamless natural looking result. If you are not planning to wear your head buzz-cut short, this scarring can be easily covered by your natural hair. So, you don’t need to worry about hair transplant scars after you grow out your hair.
If you are planning to wear your hair short, you can consider getting a scalp micro pigmentation (SMP) treatment to cover up the scar. SMP is a non-invasive treatment that creates the illusion of hair follicles on the scalp and blends in with the natural shadow of your hair.
Alternatively, you can get a hair transplant scar repair which will cover your scar with transplanted hair,