Looking after your hair after your hair transplant is of paramount importance. If you correctly care for your newly transplanted hair in the short and long term, you can ensure you don’t encounter any problems further down the line.
Follow this guide from us here at KSL after your procedure to ensure your recovery process is as quick as possible.
In the initial recovery phase, it is important to keep the area around your scalp as clean as possible.
Ensure you have the correct medication to help the healing process and apply as directed by the surgeon who completed your procedure.
A few hours after the procedure you’ll begin to feel soreness around your head and bruising will also begin to surface.
To help ease the swelling of the bruising, try to sleep in a semi-upright position for a week or so to ensure the pain you experience is kept to a minimum.
Painkillers and paracetamol can help ease your pain in the short term and taking a few days off work directly after the procedure is advised.
Your scalp may feel itchy and look pink, but don’t worry, this is part of the healing process. You must not itch your head though, if you do, there is a chance you’ll destroy the new hair follicles before they have a chance to grow.
You may notice that parts of you head will start to scab over, again this is completely normal. These will usually form where the hair has been implanted, so try to let them heal naturally.
Washing Your Hair
You will be given plenty of advice on how to wash and shampoo your scalp using antibiotics in the recovery period by your surgeon.
A few days after your hair restoration procedure, it is important to wash your hair gently to ensure you remove any dead skin. This will also clean the scabs that have formed around the grafted areas.
Repeat this process every day for the first week following your procedure. You should use a natural shampoo and hand wash your hair for the first couple of days. When your head has healed slightly, you can then wash your hair gently in the shower.
Following instructions from your surgeon in the first week following your procedure is very important when applying the antibiotic cream.
When your head is healing, this cream will aid the process and will also ensure the cuts do not get infected.
We advise applying this twice a day for the first week, and once a day following this to minimise the risk of infection.
Doing anything that may make you sweat excessively is off bounds in the initial recovery period following your procedure. Sweating significantly increases the chances of infection in your cuts, so we advise you stay off the treadmill for a while!
We also advise that you try and keep out of direct sunlight for a while, we can’t stress how important this is in the days following the procedure.
Avoid Alcohol and Smoking
It’s strongly advised that you don’t consume any alcohol for the first 48 hours following the surgery, the longer you can go without consuming it, the better. Alcohol interrupts the blood flow to your head; therefore, it will minimise the chance for your new hair to grow.
As for smoking, you should not smoke for at least the month following your procedure. Like alcohol smoking decreases the amount of blood that gets to your head. We advise that you cut out smoking completely if possible to ensure that the new hair can grow properly and fully.
Your new hair will start growing properly anywhere from three to six months after the process has been completed. It is normal for the hair to grow and shed before the three months is up.
It’s important to stay patient when waiting for your hair to grow properly, it is a long process, but one that will change your life if you continually care for your hair in the correct way.
If you feel any severe pain at any point during your recovery period, contact your surgery immediately to have it checked out by a professional.
If you’re interested in finding out more about our hair transplant service, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today on 0800 023 4050. One of our expert members of staff will be on hand to help you with any queries.