Hair Transplant Recovery
Have you been considering FUE in New Jersey, but you are curious to know what the recovery process is like?
You may read or hear a variety of descriptions for Hair transplant recovery and the differences can be confusing. For instance, recovery is described as taking anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks and results can be seen either instantly, or in 9-12 months. So, what’s normal during New Jersey FUE recovery?
Hair transplant clinics will tend to describe the same processes with slightly different wording. The fact is that even the most minimally invasive, modern FUE (Follicular unit extraction) hair transplant techniques involve making tiny incisions in the skin and incisions always need time and care for healing. Because the openings in the scalp surface created by the micro punch device of an FUE system are small, they tend to close very quickly- within a few days. These tiny holes blend in easily with the rest of the hair at the back of the head and so, this procedure is often described as “scar less”. Without the long, linear incision made for harvesting grafts, no long, obvious scar will be seen later once you’ve healed. Also, micro-injuries to the scalp do heal much more quickly than a longer, surgical incision requiring stitches.
Today’s FUE procedures can be expected to heal to the point of returning to most daily activities within a few days. There’s no bandaging required and usually not even pain medication to take.
Having said that, you will need to avoid applying direct pressure to the scalp or otherwise interfering with the delicate new grafts for a time. Most surgeons will advise you to avoid swimming, bathing or otherwise submerging your scalp in water for the first two weeks because it can be an infection risk but also impair healing.