If you are reading this, you may have just got home after a FUE hair transplant procedure or you are potentially booked in to have one soon and want to be prepared. Recovery after a hair transplant procedure should not impact on your life too much with the general healing period taking between 5-7 days for all redness and swelling to subside
It may be tempting to want to touch and feel your new hair line but it is important that you try not to touch the new area of grafts and this includes with your hands, hats, combs and helmets.
An FUE hair transplant can be a long day so one of the first things you are going to think about doing when you arrive back home is probably sleeping. It is best if you try to sleep in a semi-sitting position just in order to keep the head elevated and avoid any unwanted extra swelling.
Stay away from the Gym
You may question why spending some time on the running machine could affect the healing of your hair? But it is all to do with the sweat, sweating increases the risk of infection and when you have open wounds you want to avoid anything that is going to cause this. So it is best to avoid the gym for at least 1 week and not to attempt any heavy lifting for 10 days. You should also avoid steam rooms, saunas and any other strenuous activities that cause excessive sweating.
After finally going through with the procedure you may have been hoping to celebrate with friends and family but you should be avoiding drinking any alcohol during the recovery process as it affects the blood supply to your head. It is also best to avoid smoking and steer clear of spicy food as the body’s reaction to the food can interfere with the natural healing process.
Listen to your Doctor
After the procedure you will be given a variety of medications and advice from your doctor and his or her team. It is important you listen to this and take the said course of action especially for the first 3 days, which may involve you having to spray the donor hair regularly to promote healing. Make sure you understand the medications and the frequency you should be taking them and if you have any questions get back in contact with your doctor.
Recovery from an FUE Hair Transplant can take time with full results often taking up to 12 months to be seen. Following all the advice and guidance from the medical team will help ensure that your recovery process is simple and stress free.
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