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What Can Be Expected After Hair Restoration Surgery
“How will I look after the surgery?” “Am I uncomfortable?” “Should I take medicine?” “What special precautions should I take?”
These are some of the most frequently asked questions doctors are asked about hair transplant “after surgery”. And that’s perfectly understandable; Patients need to know what to expect after surgery.
Fortunately, hair transplant surgery aftercare and the recovery phase is very simple and clear. Choosing a hair transplant is a big step. First of all, note that this procedure is perfect for both men and women. It’s also minimally invasive, low risk, and generally painless without complications.
However, every patient is different. Therefore, it is impossible to know for sure how long it will take to restore or grow one’s hair. It will take several months to see the results and the recovery process. These results can differ significantly from person to person.
This uncertainty affects many patients after hair transplant. They worry that their redness and irritation lasts longer than other people. Some will even obsessively search the internet for pictures after the hair transplant and compare their previous results with those of other patients after the same period.
For this reason, at Cyber Hairsure Clinic, we believe that we need to have realistic expectations of what to expect after a hair transplant – both in terms of recovery and outcome. So here is the article that will help you.
Immediately after surgery
Immediately after the operation, the area of hair transplant looks slightly red, shiny, and swollen. You will see thousands of new tiny hairs with follicular unit grafts implanted in them if you look closely. You will also have a small bandage around your forehead, and your doctor will likely allow you to wear the hat carefully at home. Your doctor will give you a pain reliever and some antibiotics (or a prescription for these medicines) along with detailed postoperative written instructions. Then go home to rest, rest and recover.
Well, there is a lot of hype and speculation surrounding hair transplants. Although the transplant process is quite fast, the results appear in several steps. You have to understand the process and be patient. Your scalp can become very soft after surgery. You may need to take medicine for a few days. Within two to three weeks after the operation, the transplanted hair will fall out but notice new growth within a few months. Most people will see 60% new hair growth after six to nine months.
What can be expected after hair restoration surgery
This surgery is associated with mild to moderate pain and discomfort. It should be easy to control with oral medication. Discomfort and pain will subside within 48 to 72 hours after surgery. The significant increase in pain after this time will prompt you to call the clinic.
Usually, most of the discomfort is caused by scalp tightening. A tightness will appear in the transplanted area and the area where the donor graft was removed. This firmness should gradually improve over several weeks. A large cotton compression bandage covers your scalp 2 to 3 days after surgery. Cyber Hairsure Clinic doctors will tell you whether the dressing can be removed at home or if necessary visit our clinic.
Multiple oozing from the transplant area is thought to occur within the first 2-3 days after surgery.
Hair follicle transplants (plugs) usually result in hair shafts within the transplanted plugs in the first few weeks after surgery. Don’t worry. The restoration of hair from the transplanted plug is usually expected within 3 or 4 months after surgery.
Multiple transplants are usually required for the best and most natural results. The exact number of sessions is sometimes difficult to predict because it depends on the hair growth you have in each session. The entire process can take one session (for minor problem areas) or several sessions over several years (for large areas of baldness). These sessions are optimally distributed at intervals of 3 to 4 months to grow the last plug transplanted fully.
It should be noted that the results from each subsequent session may initially be less visible because the new plugs are hidden from the previous plug by hair growth. However, since the plug that has just been transplanted grows quite long (it can take 6 to 9 months), the density of hair in the area will usually increase satisfactorily.
You need to be aware that there are certain limits as to how much hair can be transplanted. Even though a doctor goes to great lengths to cover as many bald spots as possible, only several plugs are gathering from the back (and sometimes the sides) of your scalp. That way, you may be asked to decide which balding spot is your priority. Sometimes doctors may recommend additional procedures such as scalp reduction to help reduce total bald areas.
After the surgery, the doctor will prescribe a topical minoxidil solution. Using only topical solutions (without hair transplant) often results in poor “fuzzy” hair growth in certain areas. However, in conjunction with hair transplantation, the “fuzzy” growth caused by minoxidil will thicken the transplanted hair, which is more natural and appears. Even if you have had a weak response to minoxidil before, using it after a hair transplant can still help.
Each transplanted plug will have small crusts for the first 10-14 days after surgery. They shouldn’t be disturbed (don’t rub or try other means of getting them out until they are ready to fall independently). Due to this small crust, the graft area is often visible to the observer (for 10 to 14 days). However, you can easily cover the area with various hats, bandanas, scarves, and more. Leaving the hair around the bald area longer can cover the crusts during the healing phase.
A particular tingling sensation is expected to occur in the vicinity of the donor and recipient. These sensation changes are almost always temporary and gradually subside over several weeks (usually taking several months to resolve).
Slight swelling of the forehead and scalp may occur for several days after surgery. Bruising is usually not a significant problem, but you shouldn’t worry about it if it does. This was resolved quickly.
Make a call if you notice any of the following:
- The development of an increase in temperature above 100.0 degrees.
- Abnormal bleeding or discharge from the scalp incisions.
- Significant progressive increase in pain that does not go away easily with prescribed medication.
- The bandage shifts badly or is accidentally removed within 24 hours of surgery.
If any of the cases above occur outside of regular business hours, please do not hesitate to call Cyber Hairsure Clinic.
How to take care after hair transplant surgery?
- Make sure someone takes you to and after the surgery. Of course, as in every surgery, local anaesthesia will continue to be used to relieve discomfort associated with the procedure.
- Having someone with you for at least the first night after surgery is often helpful.
- Come to your operation in loose and comfortable clothes. The top should fasten or tie the zipper instead of pulling it over your head.
- Only take antibiotics and pain relievers as prescribed by your doctor.
- Do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory compounds two weeks before and two weeks after surgery unless you discuss them with your surgeon first.
- If you are a smoker, you should not smoke at least two weeks before surgery and two weeks after surgery. Smoking and chewing tobacco reduces your blood flow and can severely affect the results of your surgery.
- For the first week after surgery, sleep with your head elevated to minimize swelling in the surgery area.
- The bandages applied during surgery must remain in place for at least the first 24 hours. The bandage should be removed after 2 to 3 days. It will be removed at work, or you may be asked to remove it at home.
- After the bandage is removed, place a soft, clean cloth over the graft area and take a cold shower. The shower water should be washed gently on a towel to clean the wound, but avoid direct injury to the surgical site. The rest of the scalp (without graft) can be gently shampooed to protect the graft. For the first three weeks after surgery, you should wash your hair this way every day. After that, you can wash your hair without a towel.
- Be careful when combing your hair, so you don’t accidentally catch the strands in the donor area. It’s unlikely to cause much damage, but it can be uncomfortable.
- Your scalp is maybe a little less sensitive to touch in the weeks or sometimes months after surgery. For this reason, be careful when using a hairdryer or curling iron, as the excessive heat from the appliance can injure your scalp without realizing it.
- The donor area of the scalp is closed with surgical staples or sutures. In both cases, they must be removed between 10 and 14 days after surgery.
- You should avoid strenuous exercise and avoid significant physical activity, lifting or too much exertion for at least three weeks after surgery, as these activities can interfere with wound healing. Don’t hesitate to make a plan.
Realistic Expectations after Hair transplantation
We’ve found that your mileage differs from the experiences of others. However, we found that the following were reasonably accurate predictors of what to expect after hair transplant. These phases are based on the personal reports we observe from our patients and other studies and studies that we have reviewed.
- 1 To 4 Days
- Most patients who undergo hair transplantation by FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) recover quickly within the first four days. The harvest point in the back of your mind heals quickly. Patients may experience redness and irritation at the implantation site.
- Four days to 3 weeks
- The redness and irritation at the implantation site will slowly subside. This process takes longer for some patients than for others.
- 1 to 3 months
- There may be little hair growth, but most will see almost no change.
- 3 to 6 months
- At this point, there is usually some visible level of hair growth. However, don’t worry or be disappointed if there are still no striking differences. Many won’t see hair growth until after six months.
- 6 to 9 months
- This is the most critical stage of hair growth.
- 9 to 12 months
- This is when most patients begin to notice density and thickness. 90% of hair growth should be observed at this time.
- 12 to 18 months
- So most patients need to see the result.
Remember, hair can last longer and grow with savings.
It is important to note that some spots may take longer for hair to grow than others. The graft grows at different rates depending on the stage of the hair cycle. It is also essential to know that not every graft will survive.
After you get your hair restoration consultation, the doctor examines you thoroughly and talks with you about all aspects of the process. If you choose to have surgery, he or she will create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and explain the recovery process in more detail.
If you are in or travelling to Hyderabad, schedule an appointment with Cyber Hairsure Clinic doctors. Let’s find out if you are an ideal candidate for hair transplant in Hyderabad. For more information or to schedule an appointment for a consultation, please contact Cyber Hairsure Clinic today at 040 49540202 / 8331020202.