Things To Avoid After Hair Transplant
After harvesting and grafting to the new hair sites are complete, your scalp will be cleansed with a special solution that prevents infection and encourages healing. You may have donor or recipient site covered in light gauze or left open to the air. You can wear a soft hat to cover your head discretely if you wish.
You’ll be asked to avoid a few things when you get home. Laying down flat or bending over can increase swelling and pressure on your scalp, so we advise against it. As well, for the first two weeks, you’ll need to skip the gym and other aerobic activity that raises your blood pressure. Reducing inflammation and preventing infection is key to a satisfying result. For this reason, stay out of swimming pools, hot tubs and baths until your scalp incisions are healed.
You’ll be assisted with your first hair wash to ensure that you use the gentle and safe technique which best preserves your grafts. That means no shower head pressure, extreme water temperatures or scrubbing. You’ll be advised to rinse your head twice per day with clean, cool water, but avoid pressure, rubbing or scratching for at least six days.
After the first week, hair transplant patients can cleanse their hair normally and return to most regular activities as their surgeon allows. The time required for new hair to grow in will be many months so stay in close contact with your surgeon and plan for patience. By roughly 8-9 months, you’ll see thick, full results that you can get excited about. After a full year, hair is completely grown in and yours to enjoy for a lifetime.