If you’re investing time and money in a hair transplant, you naturally want the effects to look as great as you imagined.
That’s why to ensure the success of your procedure, it’s important to take extra special care of the affected areas in the days and weeks following your transplant.
There are a number of reasons why this after-care period is vital;
- To protect the fragile new hair grafts during the most vulnerable period immediately after the surgery. The careful protection of the newly-transplanted follicles is essential for the best results, as well as the long-term success of the transplant.
- To reduce the risk of scarring to the scalp, especially after FUT or Strip procedures that involve a donor section of the scalp. If you intend to keep your hair short following any transplant, it is particularly vital to try to minimise any scarring.
- As with any kind of surgery, the post-procedure care can make a difference to how quickly and how well you get back to normal. Making sure you get the rest you need, as well as good nutrition and physical care will give your body the best chances of recovering speedily and well.
But whilst maintaining a healthy lifestyle will support the healing process, as well as the success of your transplant, it’s crucially important that you don’t rush back to any strenuous exercise or intense workouts too soon after the procedure. And when you do get back to the gym or exercise regime, there are some additional considerations to think about.
When can you go back to the gym after a hair transplant?
To help you take care of yourself, look your best, and protect your investment in your hair and appearance, here are some recommendations for working out after your hair transplant.
Light exercise can usually be resumed within a week of the surgery, as long as it won’t stretch the skin around the transplant area.
To avoid scarring, wait until the scalp is fully healed before resuming anything more strenuous than walking. When you do resume your workouts, start off with a lighter regime than you’re used to and increase gradually over time.
If your usual workout is particularly intense, such as weight lifting, you may need to allow even longer for more comprehensive healing of the scalp and protection of the new hair grafts.
It’s a good idea to avoid swimming until the transplant site and any donor sites have fully healed. This will help to prevent any irritation from pool chemicals or infection from bacteria.
Cardio workouts or any exercises that cause sweat need to be avoided for a short period following the surgery. Sweat can cause irritation of the scalp which may prevent optimum healing. Excessive sweating could also dislodge the new hair grafts.
Workouts and exercise raise your heart rate and your blood pressure. Until the transplant area has fully healed, it’s best to avoid high blood pressure which may lead to bleeding, as this can damage the newly transplanted follicles.
As part of the transplant process and aftercare, your consultant will give you more detailed advice on healing timescales and when you can return to your usual exercise.
In many cases, you may be able to resume your normal workout routine within a couple of weeks. Other times, you may need a few additional weeks to allow full healing and ensure the best outcome of your transplant.
The way you manage your this after-care period will affect the speed of recovery, the success of the transplant and the chances of long-lasting results. With a bit of attention and patience, you can support the recovery process and take the best possible care of your new hair – so you can return to the gym with confidence.