If you’re considering a hair transplant, you may have questions about the procedure, results, and side-effects or scarring. One of the most common things people want to know is what the hair transplant recovery timeline looks like. For example, you might need to know how much time you’ll need to take off from work. Or perhaps you’re keen to find out how long it will take for the final results to be established.
If a faster recovery process is a concern for you, you will probably be best choosing a FUE transplant. This procedure does away with the need to remove a strip of scalp from the back of the head (as with the older FUT method). So there’s no visible scar line across the scalp that might look unsightly if you wear your hair short. This also means that the FUE method allows for a faster and more straightforward recovery process.
Here is the typical recovery timeline for the FUE hair transplant surgery.
Your recovery process begins immediately after your hair transplant procedure. The clinic team will treat your scalp for optimum recovery.
A basic hair transplant is a minimally invasive procedure, and in theory, you could go straight back to work the following day. However, there may be some hair transplant swelling, tenderness, and redness, especially around the recipient site. So you should schedule some post-hair transplant downtime to allow your skin and scalp to heal.
You will be advised on the best aftercare for your scalp and hair, as well as general wellness advice to help you recover as swiftly as possible from your surgery.
The First Few Days
In the days following your hair transplant, your scalp will begin to heal from the tiny incisions. This healing process may result in some scabbing and soreness. This is to be expected and should only last a few days.
To help your scalp heal quickly, as well as to protect the newly transplanted follicles, your surgeon will advise on some general aftercare practices, such as sleeping in an elevated position to protect the new grafts, and how to wash your hair after a hair transplant to give the grafts the best chance of becoming established. Find out how to sleep after a hair transplant.
The First Week
As any redness or swelling begins to fade in the first week after your transplant. You’ll can then enjoy your new look and get a good idea of how the final result will appear. Your scalp should be healing well by this point and there will be less need for postoperative treatments, though you will still need to take good care and precautions with the new follicles, as they are still in the early stages of becoming established.
As long as your surgeon hasn’t advised otherwise, you can exercise in the first week after the procedure. However, if your sport or exercise involves wearing headgear, your surgeon will advise when you can resume your normal practice.
The Following Months
As your hair transplant becomes fully established and your skin and scalp is completely healed, you can expect to enjoy hair growth after your hair transplant with minimal additional aftercare, but regular reviews are encouraged!
During the months after the procedure. the transplanted hair follicles will gradually fall out. This is a completely normal part of the procedure. As long as you have taken good care of your hair and scalp in the early days and weeks after the transplant, once these initial hairs have fallen out, the new hair growth will be permanent. Find out more about how long your hair transplant will last.
As hair transplants have become increasingly popular in recent years, the procedures offered by the leading hair transplant clinics have become much more advanced, allowing for less invasive surgery and faster recovery times. So, if you have decided that this popular hair loss treatment is the right choice for you, you can expect to be fully healed and enjoying the results of your investment within a few short weeks of your surgery.
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