Many people feel self conscious and insecure when they begin to lose their hair. This is often why they choose to go ahead with a hair transplant. In an ideal world, they would go back into work shortly after the procedure and proudly show off the new hair that they are so pleased with. However, the reality is that the insecurity and anxiety they felt about losing their hair will extend to admitting that they have invested in new hair. The confidence you have in coming clean about the hair restoration will impact on the best return to work plan for you as an individual.
What does medical advice suggest?
If you are feeling well then there is no medical reason that you can’t go back to work within a couple of days of your hair restoration procedure. Bear in mind that resting immediately after the surgery will assist in the healing process, but assuming you have a job that isn’t physically demanding there is no reason that you can’t return to work. If your job is strenuous and requires heavy lifting or manual labour then it is best to remain off work for at least two weeks to avoid any over exertion and allow the transplanted hairs to take a firm hold in your scalp.
How can I conceal the fact that I have had a hair transplant?
There are a few things you can do to avoid your co-workers finding out about your hair transplant. Immediately after the procedure there will be some visible red spots and scabbing. If you are able to wear a hat at work then you can potentially return to work much more quickly. This may require a discreet conversation with your line manager whereby you let them know about the procedure and request permission to wear a hat at work for the next few days.
Alternatively, you may just wish to commit to taking a week or two off work until your head is looking better. It depends on your skin type and how quickly your head is healing but any visible signs of surgery should have healed after around a week. In most procedures the donor area will be shaved very close to your head. This means that you are going to have short cropped hair for some time.
If you want to minimise the chances of colleagues commenting on the length your hair when you return, aim to start cutting your hair shorter in the weeks leading up to the operation. However, if you are happy to be open about your treatment, as many people are, you may well help someone else, another colleague perhaps, who is wondering what to do about their hair issues!