Scheduling Time off of Work
Depending on the type of work you do and how much you want to lay low, you may decide to take a week off, though some people are back to desk work within a few days. You’ll need to pay attention to a few simple activity restrictions, however. Even when using the FUT, or, strip method, local anesthetic and over the counter analgesic medication are all that is required to keep you comfortable after. The FUT incision site needsa little extra care and time to heal. You’ll need roughly two weeks of protection, no contact and no submerging the incision in baths or pools. You’ll return to see your surgeon at approximatelyone-week post-procedure to have stitches removed and ensure you’re healing well.
Washing And Protecting Your Scalp After A Transplant
Because the new grafts will be establishing fragile connections and healing, we recommend that you not wash and avoid even touching the scalp for the first week. Spray on shampoos,and special sleeping arrangements help. You may need to pad the headboard and cushion yourself so that you don’t move around much while asleep. Though showers are allowed after the first week, due to infection risk, no baths, hot tubs or swimming in the ocean are approved.
Because you’ll need to protect your scalp from the sun completely, manage a little swelling and altogether avoid the pool, you may want to reconsider scheduling your hair transplant in conjunction with a beach vacation. Though vacation time is convenient to disappear and heal inprivate, you’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting to be physically active and enjoying the hot weather or water at this time.
Managing Swelling After Your Procedure
Elevate the head of your bed. You can expect temporary swelling of the scalp and sometimes forehead,as a normal part of healing. Thankfully this peaks around 3-4 days post-procedure, but you can help to resolve it faster by keeping your head and shoulders elevated. Avoid laying down flat, bending over, and definitely avoid any heavy lifting. Aerobic exercise and strenuous activity such as lifting tend to increase blood pressure, which in turn, increases pressure around your grafts. That could not only worsen and prolongswelling but will put you at risk for bleeding or even losing grafts. Remember that lush, new hair growth will take between 3-9 months to come in. The wait will be wellworth it and your brief recovery, a distant memory. If you’d like to learn more, we welcome you to contact Nova Medical Hair Transplant Clinic today.