Hair transplant surgery is an ideal option that helps restore hair on the bald areas of the scalp. The procedure takes few hours to complete but entails a couple months for complete healing and recovery. The hair transplant recovery is usually not uneasy or uncomfortable, but still you need to follow some instructions to get best from the procedure. Want to know what you can expect from your hair transplant surgery? Keep reading.
In this article, we will discuss some after effects of hair transplant surgery.
Pain & Discomfort
Once the effects of anesthesia have diminished, you may have pain and discomfort. This discomfort is usually minor and surgeon prescribes medications for its relief. Using cold compresses will help you alleviate soreness on your scalp. Developing small blood clots at the incision site is also normal. These clots usually flake off in 5 to 7 days. You will be able to wash your hair gently on the third day of surgery. In case of FUT hair transplant, stitches will be removed after 10 to 14 days. Don’t panic if you get acne on your head, it is normal.
Swelling & Numbness
You may also experience numbness in the treated area that will soon disappear. Swelling is another common and normal side effect of hair transplant surgery. Keeping your head elevated while sleeping or laying down helps resolve swelling. You will experience mild swelling on your forehead as well that dissipates over next three days.
On the third week of hair transplant recovery, your hair will shed. This is a normal part of lifecycle of transplanted hair. At this point, your scalp may look unsightly but it will be healing well. However, healing rate may differ from one patient to another depending on various factors. Smokers and diabetic patients usually require more time for healing.
Within three months, most patients notice approximately 25% of new hair growth in the treated areas. At the start, hair may not grow evenly but eventually they will thicken and you will get fuller scalp. By the 5th or 6th month of hair transplant recovery, 50% of new hair growth will become visible. New hair will be about 2 to 3 inches long and shaft will begin to thicken as well. However, within a year, you will get longer, thicker and denser hair. To protect newly grown hair from damage, minimize sun exposure and avoid hair products containing strong chemicals.
Some patients require additional surgery to get desired density of hair. Consult your hair transplant surgeon if you feel you need another hair transplant session to get desired results.
After complete healing and recovery, your new hair will be yours for the rest of your life. You will be able to cut, style and wash them according to your desire and preference. No special hair care regimen is required for transplanted hair.
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