Post-Hair Transplant Tips
Hair transplant has become one of the most popular aesthetic operations of the 21st century. The number of people resorting to hair transplants has dramatically increased with the technological improvements in hair transplant procedures. Most of these people usually conduct thorough research on how hair transplant operation works and the expected results. However, the matter of aftercare is often overlooked. If you are one of those people who have gone through or planning a hair transplant operation and have no idea about aftercare, these quick tips on what to do or not after an operation may answer your questions.
When can I wash my hair normally after a hair transplant?
Thanks to the new and improved techniques, you are able to move on with your life in a short amount of time after your surgery. If you will be carrying on with your day-to-day life, the question of when you can wash your hair is a good question to start with.
Generally, it is advised to give your scalp a little bit of a break after the surgery. So, be prepared to not wash your hair for 48 hours. From day 3 to 5 you can gently wash your hair. Be careful not to put the water stream directly on your head and avoid using too hot or cold water. After the scabs peel off and sensitivity eases, you can start to wash your hair normally.
How to sleep after a hair transplant?
How you sleep after a hair transplant operation can greatly affect your comfort and the results of your transplant. For the first few nights after your surgery, you should keep your head slightly elevated while sleeping. This helps to reduce swelling on your scalp and have a more comfortable post-surgery period.
Be careful not to cause any rubbing on the transplant areas to avoid any graft fall out and irritation. If you have a strip scar, try to sleep on your back for the first few nights to protect the wounded area. To protect the transplanted hair grafts and new hair line you should avoid sleeping on your stomach.
Can you wear a hat after a hair transplant?
After your hair transplant, you might want to cover up the area for different reasons and wonder if wearing a hat can create any problems.
Essentially, it takes 3 days for transplanted hair grafts to settle down after a transplant. It is advisable to wait for them to settle into their place before putting any pressure on the grafts. Your surgeon can even advise you to wait for 7-10 days before wearing a hat.
How long should you avoid the sun after a hair transplant?
After a hair transplant surgery, your scalp will be much more prone to sunburn than normal. This is why it is advised to avoid direct sun exposure for 2 weeks after the operation. If you have to be outside during this time, make sure that it is for a short amount of time and cover up the area with a hat or bandana. If you still feel irritation, swelling, or sensitivity, you should keep covering your scalp to avoid any sun damage.
Keep in mind that you should wait for your scars to completely heal before you can apply sunscreen. You can continue to use sunscreen until your hair reaches a substantial length and covers the area.
Is sweating bad after a hair transplant?
Even though sweating does not cause hair grafts to fall out or affects the settling of the new hair follicles, it can create a welcoming environment for infection and irritation. This is why you should be avoiding activities that involve heavy sweating. Try to avoid heavy workouts, steam rooms, or similar activities.
Can I use hair fibres after a hair transplant?
The good news is that yes, you can use hair fibres once you are fully recovered. The final result of the hair transplant can be assessed after about 12 months. However, many patients tend to use thickening keratin fibres after a hair transplant surgery. However, it is suggested to wait at least 2 or 3 months before using keratin fibres for your hair. They might stick to the scalp and damage hypersensitive skin and insufficiently embedded grafts. For a successful hair transplant, consult your healthcare professional before using keratin fibres.
Can I consume alcohol after a hair transplant?
Drinking alcohol after your hair transplant procedure can affect the blood flow to your scalp and interfere with the healing process. This is why it is often advised to stay away from alcoholic drinks for at least five days after your surgery or until your healing process is complete.
Can I use hair spray after a hair transplant?
Because your scalp will be irritable after a hair transplant operation, you should be careful which products you use. Hair sprays are usually full of harsh chemicals that can cause irritation or penetrate your skin through open pores. You should avoid using hair spray for about 1-2 weeks after your surgery and consult with your doctor before starting to use any styling products.
Can I have sex after a hair transplant?
Having sex after a hair transplant operation is not advised. Because sexual activity often causes changes in blood pressure it can affect the blood flow to your scalp and interfere with the growth of your newly transplanted hair grafts. Sexual activities can also cause excessive sweating and create an invitation for infection. Furthermore, you can damage vulnerable hair grafts and wounded areas of your scalp if any accidents occur during sex.
For these reasons, surgeons often advise avoiding sexual activity for approximately 10 days after a hair transplant operation.
Post-operation infection risks
Even though it is considered to be a non-invasive one, a hair transplant is still a surgery. Naturally, it bears some risks and requires a meticulous approach. Fortunately, hair transplant only involves micro incisions; therefore the risk of infection is quite low. The main cause of infection during or after a hair transplant operation is unsanitary conditions. To avoid any possible infection, make sure that the operation is done in a sterile surgery room, avoid touching your scalp after your surgery to prevent spreading germs, do not pick on the scabs or scratch your head, and avoid smoking and alcohol as these substances are known to interfere with the healing process. Make sure that you follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions to minimise the infection risk.