Hair Transplant Maintenance

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Common Problems with a Hair Transplant

Unfortunately, as a result of the natural aging process, genetics, and certain skin conditions, many men begin to notice their hair thinning over time.

While two-thirds of the male population encounter this change in their fifties and sixties, 25% of men may begin to experience balding as early as their twenties. Understandably, in addition to altering their appearance, this sudden hair loss frequently impacts the self-esteem, yet many men are reluctant to seek hair replacement surgery because the previous generation of treatments yielded unnatural and unreliable results, giving hair transplants a bad reputation. We have come a long way with today’s best FUE hair transplant methods, but there are still a few things to watch out for when planning your hair restoration treatment.

The strip method, in particular, was once a painstaking and time consuming surgical procedure carried out in an operating room. It involved making a long incision at the back of the head where hair growth remained, then implanting large plug grafts into the hairless areas of the scalp. As a result, this technique led to visible scalp scarring and a painful recovery, making it a less appealing hair rejuvenation option for many men.

Luckily, thanks to today’s revolutionary technology, there is now a more effective, virtually scarless hair transplant option. At the Nova Medical Hair Transplant Clinic, we utilize the state of the art, SmartGraft® FUE hair transplant device to efficiently remove and implant hair grafts in a way which ensures that the hairs remain healthy and that the natural hair growth cycle is not disrupted. The FUE device’s extremely high success rates coupled with our extensive knowledge and expertise, ensures that you will achieve results so natural looking, the hair transplant is often undetectable. While the best FUE hair transplants are incredibly safe and effective, if you undergo a hair transplant in New Jersey, the following tips will help ensure optimal results and a speedy recovery.

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Follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions

Both before and after your hair loss procedure, it is important to adhere to the instructions provided by your plastic surgeon. Although the likelihood of complications is rare, as with any surgical procedure, there are inherent risks and careful pre and post-operative care can help mitigate the chance of frustrations. As such, it is imperative to follow your surgeon’s recovery guidelines to ensure optimal “take” of thriving hair grafts, avoid the chance of infection, and encourage the best hair growth results.

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Avoid alcohol before and after your procedure

For at least two weeks prior to your hair transplant procedure, avoiding alcohol is recommended. In high enough amounts, it can thin your blood, which increases the risk of bleeding or bruising during the procedure. While alcohol should be avoided for at least 48 hours postoperatively, it is advisable to continue abstaining from alcohol for several days to ensure an optimal outcome as the transplanted hair follicles heal. Your surgeon will advise you when it is safe to reintroduce alcoholic beverages.

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Avoid Tobacco Products

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There are serious health reasons to avoid all nicotine products before and after your procedure as well. Nicotine impairs circulation by shrinking vessels and reducing blood flow. For wounds this means delayed healing, and for the new hairs implanted in your scalp, smoking means they will not receive optimal nutrients and oxygen that they need to take where they are grafted, grow and thrive. Healthy patients can typically see their minor scabbing resolve within a week and the micro-incisions are considered to be closed within a few days. Swelling is mild and the SmartGraft® hair transplant systems handles harvested follicles so carefully that most patients can expect an over 90% take rate. The success of this industry-leading hair loss solution is somewhat dependent on a healthy scalp and good circulation.

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Avoid blood thinning medications

Patients usually see only minimal redness or swelling for a few days post-procedure. One way that we prevent bruising or bleeding is to be careful about what patients consume beforehand, including supplements and medications. Anticoagulants such as Coumadin or antiplatelets such as Aspirin are blood-thinning medications that should be avoided 2 weeks before the hair transplant procedure. In addition to medications such as Aspirin, herbal supplements, Omega 3 or Vitamin E can also thin the blood and should therefore be discontinued prior to the procedure. It is important to discuss your list of medications with your plastic surgeon during your consultation to be sure that your medication usage will not pose a risk during your procedure or prolong your recovery. One of the best things about FUE for busy professionals on the go, is that within a very short amount of time, they can return to their daily activities without appearing as if they have had a hair graft procedure done.

Minimize discomfort

Although most patients experience very little pain or bleeding following this procedure, some discomfort is to be expected. In the event that you experience sensitivity, your hair loss specialist will advise an over the counter anti inflammatory pain reliever to keep you comfortable while you heal.

Mild, temporary spotting or slight numbness can be expected in the immediate post-treatment phase and is not problematic. The minimally invasive nature of the SmartGraft® technology reduces inflammation greatly, because it is an atraumatic technique that leaves no long, linear hair transplant scar. In the past, strip method hair transplants required more significant post-procedure activity restrictions and a prolonged period of incision healing. In most cases, any swelling will resolve itself within a few days of the procedure. If desired, ice packs can be applied to the treatment area for brief periods, to help soothe the skin.

The skin on the donor and recipient areas may be pink or red or slightly shiny postoperatively and small scabs may develop around the implanted areas. While these symptoms will dissipate quickly, to get the best FUE New Jersey transplant results, your doctor may recommend topical ointment or soothing products to help calm and nourish the scalp.

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More Hair Transplant Dos’ & Don’ts

  • Take your prescribed antibiotics
    Although the risk of infection is very low with today’s advanced, micro-surgery hair transplant techniques, you will be provided with a prescription for antibiotics to keep you well-covered while healing. It is important to fill your prescription prior to your procedure and take the full course of antibiotics as instructed by your plastic surgeon.
  • Wear a hat to protect your head from the sun
    In the event that you will be exposed to the sun in the first few days following your surgery, it is necessary to wear a loose, comfortable hat to protect your head from the sun while also avoiding applying direct pressure to the treatment area, as this may negatively impact your results.
  • Use spray on shampoo
    For the first seven to ten days following your procedure, we recommend that you treat the recipient site with great care. This gentleness early on will go a long way to ensuring results that you are happy with. Patients are able to wash their hair very gently within a few days, however they will be advised about how to do this carefully without scratching or pressing on the scalp and pulling on newly grafted hairs. Specialized hair growth products such as Revivogen Bio Cleansing Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner will be valuable assets to continually nourish your hair and protect your investment.
  • Do not color your hair for 6-8 weeks
    If you color your hair, it is advisable not to do so within a week prior to your hair transplant procedure, and it is necessary to wait at least six to eight weeks after the treatment before coloring your hair again. For the first three months, only a semi-permanent hair color should be used, as a permanent color may damage your newly transplanted grafts. Three months following your procedure, permanent hair color may be safely reintroduced.

While the above tips will help you avoid common problems after your hair transplant, the best way to ensure an excellent outcome is to entrust the hair restoration experts at the Nova Medical Hair Transplant Clinic. Utilizing only the best hair transplant technology in New Jersey, SmartGraft® delivers results that are so natural-looking, they are often indistinguishable from a full, natural head of hair. You can feel confident that your NJ hair transplant surgery will deliver striking yet discrete results. To learn more and to schedule a consultation, we welcome you to contact our clinic today.

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The FUE process is an advanced next-generation hair transplant micro-surgery. Click on the steps to get a simplified overview. For more details particular to your case, please consult with our doctor.

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