Why Should Your Head Be Elevated?
Don’t worry, the altered positioning is only recommended temporarily, for roughly 1-2 weeks. The reason is that scalp swelling responds to gravity. This sensitive and highly vascular area will be swollen for a few days post-op. You’ll be advised not to bend over or lay flat because elevated blood pressure to the head increases swelling. Along with that fluid retention comes increased pain too. In the early days, added pressure in tiny scalp blood vessels could cause bleeding and will undoubtedly make you uncomfortable, so keep your head up.
If you’re sent home with gauze or bandages on your head, these will likely be removed within the first 24 hours. Your surgeon does not want any constriction, added pressure and interference with lymphatic flow. While the tissue is swollen, any areas that are blocked with tight bandages or laying your head on one spot couldreduce the scalp’s venous drainage, and lead to swelling.
Trouble Sleeping After A Hair Transplant in NJ?
Your hair surgeon may prescribe medications to help you sleep. These can be sedatives, pain relievers, or even anti-itch medicine. Sometimes the sensation of itching or throbbing while you heal is amplified at night as you lay still. Itching is a normal and frustrating part of healing, but there are typical lotions and tablets taken orally that help relieve it.
Don’t hesitate to let your surgeon know if you have increasing discomfort or see something concerning. Feeling anxious can also negatively affect a person’s sleep. It’s always better to reach out and receive an answer so you can relax and get some rest.
If you have questions about a hair transplant, we welcome you to call Nova Medical Hair Transplant Clinic.