Recovering from a hair transplant: what to expect Recovering from a hair transplant: what to expect

A hair transplant is a very safe procedure – it’s classified as minimally invasive and low risk.

But there are still a few things you should know about the recovery process.

Here’s what happens before, during and after the transplant.


Our most commonly performed hair transplant procedure at Wimpole is FUE – Follicular Unit Extraction. We perform hundreds of FUE surgeries every year and we’ve had thousands of satisfied customers.

FUE is a particularly discreet form of hair transplant as it involves extracting each hair follicle from the donor area one by one (or sometimes in clumps of two or three) and inserting it into the
area that’s thinning. So there’s minimal scarring and fast recovery times.

The follicle removal is done with a punch device which, despite its intimidating name, is the quickest and most efficient way to do it. The follicle that’s been removed is placed in the thinning area and creates a completely natural effect.

There are other types of transplant (you may have heard of FUT – Follicular Unit Transplantation, for example) and our specialists will talk you through the options in our initial free consultation.

It’s your choice. But for the fastest and most efficient process, FUE is our most popular option.


The procedure itself takes place under local anaesthetic and lasts between four and eight hours depending on the size of the thinning area and how many follicles need to be extracted. Once you’ve had the local anaesthetic you won’t feel a thing.

You can go home on the same day as the procedure – there’s no need to stay overnight. We do recommend you take around a week off work afterwards though, just to allow for a full recovery.


Once the anaesthetic has worn off and the transplant is complete, you shouldn’t feel any pain at all.

With FUE, there’s no scarring. Your scalp might feel slightly tender for a couple of days but that’s it. Occasionally there’s a little bit of swelling in the area too but that will also go down within a few days.

You’ll be able to see the shape of your new hairline right away but bear in mind it’s not completely ‘done’ immediately. There will be a little bit of scabbing around the incisions of around a millimetre long but because they’re so small they will heal very quickly – within days.

There is some aftercare involved post-procedure which your surgeon will be able to advise you on. It might mean elevating your head while sleeping and some restrictions on washing your hair.

Our consultants will let you know about any specific medications you need before the surgery so that you can stock up beforehand – you might be asked to wash your hair with saline solution, for example, so you can get that in advance.


In the two weeks after the FUE surgery, you might notice some of the newly-transplanted hair falling out. Don’t worry – this is totally normal.

When the follicle is moved during the surgery, it temporarily stops growing while it settles into its new location. The old hair might fall out but a new one will grow from the implanted follicle. It’s a normal part of the hair growth cycle.

Hair grows around 1cm per month so after four or five months your hairline should look close to its final result. Sometimes it takes even longer – up to 18 months for the full results of the transplant to be visible.

Once the follicle is established, you should treat the hair exactly as you normally would. Remember, a hair transplant is a permanent procedure. You can style your hair as you wish, dye it, whatever you want.

To find out more about your options and the best course of treatment for you, book one of our free consultations here.

The Wimpole Clinic offers FUE Hair, Beard & Eyebrow Transplants & Trichology.
Talk to a specialist ☎ 020 7935 1861.

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