Hair Transplantation - Aftercare

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You had a hair implant, what should you take care of?

What are the care after the hair implant? Here we tell you

If you have been thinking about putting on hair, surely it has been around your head, what aftercare should I have in a hair implant? 

One of the doubts that we as patients have, no matter the type of procedure that we plan to undergo, will be: What aftercare should I have after surgery? Therefore, this time, we will talk about the care we should have after performing this process, which will change your life. 

El hair graftAs we know, it is a minimally invasive surgical procedure; defined in other words as outpatient procedures or "step and run", but not for that reason should we stop taking precautions and understand how our recovery will be, since the outcome of it will also depend on this, that is, the result we dream of and that we will look forward to for a year or a little longer. 

The intention of making this publication is that we understand one of the most frequent doubts with all the probable situations that we could face during this type of procedures. Since we commonly encounter such generic doubts as, what care should I have after the procedure? Or as specific as, How many days do I have to wait to have sex? When can I go to the beach? What day can I eat pizza? When could I go up to the Himalayas with a hat for icy climates, if I am listening to "Despacito" and I have heavy boots with a peak to open the ice? For this and many other things, we try to clarify your doubts. 

In other posts we have talked about many aspects related to hair transplantation, what is it? And why does it work ?, so I invite you to read them, if you have not seen them yet. 

By now you have gone through an entire procedure, an expert doctor diagnosed you with an alopecia problem and together they decided that a hair transplant was the best option for you. You already performed the procedure. What's next What care should you have? In this post, we are going to talk a little bit more about all this. 

Patient's Doubts
If you have doubts, always remember to talk to your doctor 

Immediately after the procedure: 

Leaving the procedure, you will come out with a special bandage in the extraction area, the area where the implant was made will be full of scabs. Each scab you will see corresponds to a follicle that was implanted. 

You often look very swollen after the procedure. hair graft, although sometimes the inflammation is more visible in the days after the transplant. 

You are unlikely to feel sore after the procedure. However, once the anesthesia is passed, you may have a strange sensation in the extraction area and the implant, such as numbness or itching; that feeling is normal and will be removed little by little. 

Depending on the medications that were administered, you may feel very sleepy, with some nausea and dizziness; especially if you are very sensitive, those sensations will be removed over time. 

During the first 24 hours. 

The first hours after the procedure it is very important not to touch the transplant area or remove the bandages that were put on, you must leave them for the time that your doctor tells you. 

Remember that there may be a little bleeding during the first hours so do not panic, in case it is very intense you should contact your doctor. 

The best recommendation is that you go to rest at home, during these initial hours it is forbidden to bend down and make intense physical efforts. 

During the first two days after hair transplantation - aftercare.  

This is the most complicated stage, since during this time you will have to be very careful with the transplant. 

Because the follicles are newly implanted, it is very important that you do not touch or put anything in the transplant area.

You cannot wear caps, hats, masks, bandanas, etc., as the follicles can get stuck in the fabric and when you take it off, the follicles could come off. 

It is recommended that you sleep sitting the first two nights, either in an armchair or in bed with your hands behind your back, trying not to touch the transplant with the pillow; for greater comfort you can use a travel pillow. 

During the week after hair transplantation - aftercare. 

As time goes by, the care becomes less and less. However, the first five days follow the recommendation not to touch the transplant area and scratch your head. 

You should wait for the scabs to fall off on their own, since removing them on purpose can cause you to have a scar or lose the implanted follicles. 

The scabs come off on their own more or less about 10 days after the transplant. 

Depending on the case, it is possible that during the first days, your doctor will recommend that you leave the special bandage that was placed. So you won't be able to wash your head when bathing. 

However, you can wash the rest of your body normally; Although we recommend that you do it with lukewarm water, because the implants can soften and the scabs can fall off prematurely. 

Remember that care with washing during the first week is very important  

One week after hair transplantation - aftercare.  

About a week after the transplant you will be able to reduce your care. 

However, it is very important that you do not touch or scratch the area, since it is possible that you still have scabs, remember to wait for them to fall alone. 

Generally after a week you will be able to remove the special bandage that was placed and you should start cleaning the transplant area. Once you remove the bandage, you can start washing. 

You can wash the donor area normally. However, washing in the implant area must be extremely careful. 

We recommend that you use a sponge to distribute the shampoo, you should make light touches without rubbing the area to remove the excess. To remove excess, we recommend that you rinse gently using a tray. 

You should prevent the water from falling directly into the shower for the first few days since the force of the water could detach the implants. 

To dry yourself, we recommend that you do it with a gauze, lightly tapping from top to bottom. 

Two weeks after transplant:

For the follicle to fix in its new area, it takes about 10 days, so 15 days after the procedure the care will be less. 

For this stage, you can already wash the transplant area as you normally did. 

Prohibited things after the procedure:

Remember that the most important care must be done the first five days. However, there are a number of things that will be prohibited for a little longer. 

You should not drink alcohol the first 15 days after the transplant.

You must stop aerobic like jogging or running the first 15 days after the procedure. 

You should stop intense exercise, such as weights, for the first three weeks. To swim, either in the pool or in the sea, it is recommended that you wait at least three weeks. 

During the first 15 days it is recommended that you do not expose yourself to the sun directly since ultraviolet light delays the healing time. 

Remember that for a month it will be prohibited to use a hair dryer and you will not be able to use products such as gel, foams, styling creams, hair dyes and fixatives. 

You will also be prohibited from using home remedies or products that they recommend. 

Other Recommendations

These are general recommendations for care after a transplant procedure. Remember that if you have doubts it is very important that you consult your doctor, before anything or taking any medication. 

Another very important thing is that for at least the first three months after the transplant you are not allowed to smoke, since the cigarette decreases oxygenation and therefore some follicles could be lost. 

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