Recovering from a Hair Transplant
Aftercare and recovery for men post hair transplant directly effects the quality of results. Following transplant surgery, your scalp will most likely be sore and red. You may want to take leave from work to ensure a full recovery.
You may be described medications to ease discomfort and encourage recovery such as:
– Pain medication
– Antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection
– Anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling
Be sure to follow the directions for taking the medication properly to ensure its
effectiveness and help you to heal quickly.
Doctors may also prescribe hair growth medications like Minoxidil (more commonly known as Rogaine or Finasteride). These medicines help to slow or stop hair loss to the untreated areas of your scalp.
Transplanted hair tends to fall out two or three weeks after the transplant which is
completely normal. New hair growth pushes the transplanted hair out of the way. Regular hair growth should be noticeable between three to six months after surgery. The full results of your transplant should be visible within six to twelve months after treatment.
What happens when post hair transplant aftercare and recovery has finished
Hair that replaces the transplanted hair should continue to grow and fill in the spaces on your scalp. The density of the new hair growth will depend on factors that include:
– Whether your hair is curly or straight
– How loose your scalp is
– The density of the hair follicles that have been transplanted
It is important to discuss the expected outcome with your surgeon and develop realistic expectations.
To reduce the unpleasant after effects of the surgery follow your doctor’s
recommendations closely. Notify your healthcare provider if you experience any signs of infection or other health problems.
Risks and Complications
Hair transplants are generally low risk procedures, but like all invasive treatments, there are possible risks and complications.
Problems are unlikely to occur, but your surgeon will discuss individual risks to you. You need to contact your doctor if any of the following occur:
– Bleeding or infection
– Swelling of the scalp
– A scab or crust that forms on the areas of the scalp where hair was removed or
– Numbness or lack of sensation on the treated areas of the scalp
– Persistent itching especially during the healing process
– Inflammation or infection of the hair follicles also called folliculitis
– Sudden but typically temporary loss of the transplanted hair referred to as
– Random tufts of hair that look out of place
If you experience any of these reactions, be sure to contact your surgeon or
medical doctor immediately.
This information does not take the place of medical advice given by your doctor
and is for general informational purposes only. Discuss the specific
details of your treatment and aftercare and recovery for men post hair transplant with your physician.