Hair Transplant is very delicate procedure. You can expect good lifetime results if you carefully adhere to few important post-op instructions.
After Surgery: Visit the clinic very next day. It’s time to remove bandage over the head. Allow the shower water to flow gently over the transplanted area.
What should be avoided? Avoid rubbing of the recipient area for next 10 days because it takes approx. 7 to 10 days for grafts to take-up. Do not rub, pick or scratch the transplanted area for initial 10 days as this may dislocate the grafts. Avoid heavy exercise for initial 2 to 3 weeks. But one can start light exercise after 7 days.Avoid smoking for at least 3 weeks after the surgery. Avoid using dye colors, chemicals up to 4 to 5 weeks. Avoid using camouflaging agents like Toppik for at least 2 weeks after the surgery. You must visit the clinic for scabs and crust removal after 10 days. Afterwards, you can start using Minoxidil. You can expect shedding phase after 4 weeks where some of the transplanted hair will begin to shed.
What should be followed? Gently rub the donor area to minimize crusting and promote early healing. One may notice mild swelling over the forehead after the surgery. This is not a major concern but one can place ice packs over the swollen area or sleep with head raised at a 45-degree angle for initial 3 days after the procedure. If you feel pain, fever or chills due to swelling, please visit us as it may be indicating an infection.
Rare of the rarest chances of bleeding may happen after the surgery which can be controlled by putting continuous pressure on the area by using a clean towel. It is advisable to wear loose fitting cap while going out for at least 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery.
Don’t worry about numbness feeling over the scalp as it may results after surgery due to cutting of small nerve endings in the skin during harvesting of the grafts. It generally disappears within few months after surgery. During shedding phase it is normal to experience anxiety but one should stay calm as it is normal sequel of the procedure.One should take healthy diet to assure good hair growth and best results.