The healing process begins immediately post-procedure. The following morning it is safe to remove the bandage from the donor area. Patients may experience some minor swelling, bleeding or scabbing during this time, however, this is expected and should not be a cause for concern. Extra care should be taken around the transplant areas and grafts to ensure that they are firmly planted, therefore, no direct pressure or friction is advised at that time.
Approximately three days following your New Jersey hair replacement with FUE, swelling may still be present, however, patients can begin to wash their hair gently, or utilize a spray on shampoo, dry and style as usual. In most cases, by 5-7 seven days post-procedure, the swelling has completely dissipated.
So that you can be sure the majority of your transplanted hair grafts successfully take, you will be advised to avoid applying direct pressure to the scalp and not disturb small scabs that may form. These are an expected part of the healing process and will slough off on their own over time as the hair is washed. Until the micro-incision sites are completely healed, your plastic surgeon will advise you to avoid swimming, hot tubs and other unnecessary exposure to bacteria.
This procedure yields incredibly natural looking results; however, it is important to recognize that before the final outcome is visible, the transplanted hair must first cycle through the natural stages of hair growth. As a result, shedding is expected for the first two to six weeks following this hair restoration procedure. During this intermediate phase, hair roots begin to collapse, which can result in hair fall out, however, this is a natural and expected part of the recovery and not cause for alarm. The follicle will remain healthy and established as it awaits growth of a new hair. As the hair transitions from Catagen stage to the Telogen or resting phase, patients will continue to experience shedding for up to three months, but for some people, exciting new hair growth can be seen as early as three months after transplant!
Approximately three months following the NJ hair transplant treatment, patients will begin to notice new hair growth, as they enter the Anagen phase of the hair cycle. New hairs will begin to appear in the transplant site and the outcome of the procedure will gradually become more evident. You may notice changes to hair texture or growth direction initially, but over time the thickness, pattern and style of the new hair will settle in. It is important to be patient throughout the process, as a thick head of hair cannot be achieved overnight.
While new growth can be evident as soon as three months postoperative, in many cases, it can take nine to fourteen months to see full, final hair thickness. In most cases, the final outcome is visible after one year, however, each patient’s experience will differ and, of course, your healthy new hair will continue to grow.