What Should I Expect After A Hair Transplant?

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Deciding to undergo a hair transplant procedure is an important and life-changing decision. After browsing websites, scheduling a consultation and making the necessary arrangements, many patients begin to wonder about what happens after the hair transplant procedure. The best way to feel completely confident, prepared and excited for your hair transplant surgery is to have all of your questions answered prior to the procedure. Here are common questions that touch on every aspect of “life after a hair transplant surgery” from aftercare to advice on disclosing information to co-workers.

How do I Promote Recovery after my Hair Transplant Surgery? It will be important to sleep with your head slightly elevated for a few nights afterwards. A travel pillow which will support the neck, and keep your head in place while you sleep would be helpful but not necessary. A few pillows can be used to prop your head up while you sleep. Care instructions will include the gently shampooing of the back of the head. When taking medications after a hair transplant, drinking alcohol should be avoided. Smoking should be avoided to help with healing and recovery.

Will I be in Pain after a Hair Transplant Procedure?Pain and tolerance vary between patients. The doctor will prescribe pain medications that can be taken if needed. Every patient experiences different levels of discomfort but most report a manageable level of tenderness and swelling that is easily controlled.

When will my Hair Grow after Hair Transplant Surgery? For many patients the most exciting part begins after a couple of months when hair begins to grow. At first, the transplanted hair may grow in thin and wispy. By the sixth month, it will be noticeably thicker and longer. Over the next few months, the hair will continue to grow longer and thicker.

Should I tell my Co-workers that I’m Getting a Hair Transplant? Whether a patient decides to confide in their acquaintances and colleagues about their hair transplant surgery is entirely personal. Most tell their friends and family, and even ask for their blessing before the initial consultation but telling people that you are not close to, can be a more complicated matter.

For the patients that do not want anybody to know and are worried about standing out or being a topic of discussion, it may surprise you to know that most people will not even notice. Co-workers might think you have lost weight or are just styling your hair differently. If you are still concerned, try growing facial hair before the surgery and then shaving it off after the transplant. This “misdirection” helps to keep the focus away.

Hair transplant surgeons want their patients to be as comfortable as possible, and they encourage questions and concerns at any stage of the hair transplant process. Patients shouldn’t hesitate to get the answers that they need. This is your treatment and you should look forward it, especially the results!

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