Preparing for an optimal recovery after hair transplant

Do you know what is nearly as crucial as planning an expert hair transplant in NYC? Preparing for an optimal recovery; it matters how well you take care of your new hair. Here, we’ll outline some critical information all hair restoration clients need to know. What you can and cannot do after your procedure is based on ensuring your safety, preventing complications, and helping follicle grafts to heal efficiently. Your surgeon will give you specific information that pertains to your case. You can also use this handy guide to help stay on track.

What should you avoid after hair transplant in NYC?

The financial and time commitment for a permanent procedure like FUE is significant; no doubt you want to make the most of it. Here is a list of standard, “don’t” instructions.

1. Don’t expose your newly treated scalp to UV rays.

It’s essential to avoid getting sun on your head for a few reasons. Inflamed, swollen skin is vulnerable. Exposure to photodamage can result in rashes. It can harm and dry out skin cells, and when it comes to scars, they may develop permanent pigment in response to tanning, so you’ll want to prevent that.

2. Don’t Smoke

Avoid smoking, second-hand smoke, or using any nicotine products if you can help it. This chemical constricts blood flow, so it’s advised against before and after many cosmetic procedures. In the case of hair grafts, each little implant needs a healthy, abundant supply of blood and oxygen to heal and grow.

3. Don’t work out for 1-2 weeks

Your surgeon will have preferred protocols and specifics, but generally, aerobic exercise (including sex) is not advised for a couple of weeks after a hair transplant in NYC. That’s because increased blood pressure to the head/scalp can harm delicate implants and risk increased swelling or bleeding. Sweating also causes issues for the healing scalp.

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4. Don’t bend over, do heavy lifting or other strenuous activity

For the same reason as above, avoid increasing blood flow to the head throughout the initial post-op phase. You’ll likely be more comfortable with the head and shoulders slightly raised while resting and sleeping too.

5. Don’t touch

Of course, you’ll be permitted to gently ‘touch’ and wash your hair after the first few days. It can be tempting to fixate on the area, however. While healing, feelings of prickling, tingling or itching are common. You can’t scratch or rub the area because this would risk damaging the follicle grafts. Ask your surgeon for anti-itch medication if the sensation becomes distracting. You can also apply pre-approved topical soothing lotions to help with inflammation and swelling. When you see tiny scabs form at the implant sites, resist the urge to pick them off. They will gradually soften and fall off on their own by roughly day 10.

If you have more questions about the recovery or would like to book a consultation, we invite you to contact the Nova Medical Hair Transplant Clinic.

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