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After the hair transplant procedure

Patients are rightly concerned about how they will look immediately after surgery. The area where the strip is removed from the back of the scalp will not be visible because the overlying hair shingles over it unless the patient wears his hair in a very close cut. The recipient area in front or on top, is the area that will be noticeable to others.

The only time this may not be true is when the patient has a fair amount of existing hair in the recipient area prior to surgery. In fact, for patients interested in hiding the early stages of the transplant, the recommendation is that they allow their hair to grow out more. Many patients mistakenly presume that the preexisting hair in the recipient area is shaved during a transplant. The only area that is actually shaved is the thin donor strip that is excised in back.

The area of the scalp where the hair is implanted will have numerous, single, 1 to 4 stubble hair follicular units with small crusts on top of each graft protruding from the skin. These crusts, or miniature scabs, will fall off in seven to fourteen days depending on the patient’s rate of healing. The pinkness usually resolves two to six weeks later and is not particularly noticeable unless the patient has no preexisting hair. Even then, it tends to look like a sunburned area.

If a patient wants to use one of the many topical camouflaging agents available to balding men, waiting until the crusts come off is advisable. Similarly, if a patient is transitioning from a hairpiece to a transplant, the advise is not to wear the hairpiece until after the crusts have fallen off. Some surgeons firmly believe that wearing a hairpiece after a transplant can lead to poor growth. Wearing a hat after surgery is the easiest way to hide what has been done.

Shampoo and cleanliness

The patient should begin shampooing the first morning after surgery. Many patients are scared to shampoo, but it is actually very important to cleanse the area and remove any excessive, dried blood. Patients who do not shampoo tend to develop a large, confluent scab that retards healing and makes the area more prone to infection. Shampooing is performed in a very gentle fashion for the first ten days. Rather than scrubbing the scalp, the patient gently lathers and then pats the scalp. Instead of washing the lather off under the showerhead, a cup of water is repeatedly poured over the area until the shampoo is rinsed out.

Each surgeon will have his favourite way to treat the recipient area after shampooing. Some will ask the patient to apply a variety of ointments. Others will ask him to perform repeated soaks and keep the area misted with saline spray. Still others will have the patient do nothing to the area except shampoo. Patients may style their hair as they like, but are cautioned about running a comb or a brush too roughly through the scalp for fear of pulling out grafts before they are healed. We advise against the use of hair sprays, gels, or Rogaine on the transplants for the first week. The advise is to use their blow dryers on lower settings both in regards to heat and force.

It is not at all uncommon for a few follicular units to “pop out” the first few days after the procedure. If so, the patient might notice fairly brisk bleeding. The patients are instructed to simply hold pressure over the spot with gauze wrapped around a finger for about fifteen minutes. We stress that they should not try and re-implant that follicular unit for fear of causing other nearby ones to fall out too, reminding them that losing a few will not hurt the final results

After the procedure advise

For the first two weeks after a transplant, patients are instructed to avoid heavy lifting, running, or swimming. Walking for exercise is fine. If their work is not strenuous, most will take one or two days off just to be sure they are feeling good before going back.

A variety of medicines are frequently provided after surgery. A steroid such as prednisone may be given to help reduce the frequency and severity of swelling. Antibiotics are used to help prevent infection. Finally, pain pills are provided for use as necessary.

In regards to pain after the procedure, in general, patients are pleasantly surprised. The recipient area is usually not particularly painful at all. The excision site in back is what is frequently tender for a few days. That is only natural as it is like any other surgery site. Many patients either use no pain pills or just use them for a few days. Patients will notice a bigger difference with the FUE Hair Transplant Technique

How to “Camouflage” the Procedure

If a patient is interested in trying to hide the fact that he has had a transplant during the regrowth stage three to five months after the procedure, one trick that helps is to change the hair style at about three months. A man, especially, may want to cut his hair very short and keep it short as the new hair grows in. Then, after most of it has grown in, he can let it grow to the length he wants to keep it.

Most people will have forgotten what he looked like before he cut his hair short (i.e. before the transplant grew) so that the change in his appearance is usually explained as him just letting his hair get longer.

It is common for the patient to want to judge the results of his transplant as soon as the hair starts growing in. There are several problems with judging too soon. First, some hairs may be slower growers. Sometimes it takes these hairs longer than five months to start to grow. Second, the hair will appear more dense the longer it grows.

It is not uncommon to have a patient want a second transplant six months after the first. It is advisable to wait another six months so that new hair has gained some length and the patient has become accustomed to styling it, leading to the realisation that there is no need for another transplant.

On occasion, there are patients who do not believe that the new hair actually grew. This only occurs when a transplant is performed within preexisting hair. When it grows on the scalp with someone who was completely bald, there is no question. The fact that a man might question whether it grew is an attribute to its naturalness.

Since the transplant does not begin to grow for three to five months and since it may come in a little at a time, when it actually has grown in, the change may have occurred so gradually the patient may not remember what he looked like at the beginning. At these times, it is helpful to show the patient how an expert can tell the difference between a natural and a transplanted follicular unit.

With a natural occurring follicular unit, there is a very a small amount of skin present between the hair shafts when they exit the skin. This small amount of skin is absent between the hair shafts of a transplanted follicular unit because of the compression of the graft during healing. The difference can only be distinguished with very close observation.

Patient Testimonials

Aside from achieving fantastic results, we believe that keeping in touch with our patients before, during and after their hair transplantation procedure is paramount – it helps to keep our patients feeling calm and in control. We’re always on hand to provide guidance, support and aftercare advice. Time and again, our patients tell us that this is what sets us apart from other clinics.

You can read our great reviews of FUE hair transplants over on Google and TrustPilot

Felix
Felix
2022-03-04
Kevin was very helpful and put my mind at ease with all my questions before my surgery. I’ve visited serval hair transplant clinics and what they said to me just did not sound right and the price they were giving where outrageous and at one point I wanted to leave the hair transplant. However after speaking to Kevin and his team they have regain my confidence and courage to get this done. I would fully recommend Harley Street if anyone who is wanting to get a hair transplant.
Jake
Jake
2022-01-18
I would like to give a huge thank you to Kevin and the rest of the team for a wonderful experience. I am over the moon with the results already and the high level of professionalism the team showed throughout the day of my operation. I felt extremely comfortable and well looked after during my operation. The team were also very happy to answer any questions I had throughout the day and they continue to communicate daily with myself post operation which puts your mind at ease during your healing process! I would highly recommend going through hairtransplantliverpool if you are thinking of having a hair transplant, you will not be disappointed. Many thanks Jake
Louise Roberts
Louise Roberts
2021-11-19
After years of struggling with thinning hair I finally decided a permanent solution was required. Much research found hair transplant Liverpool and I started the consultation process. Kevin was very patient as I explored and questioned options that would fit my situation. We eventually settled on a two stage process with the assurance that they would be able to get a good level of coverage. A short trip to their Bury location and the process began. What an amazing team. Dr Kalra took lots of time designing the hairline and I was fully included in the process as I explained what I wanted and was then guided by his expert knowledge. The first stage was 2000 grafts and that sounded daunting. A bit of prep to prepare the donor area for taking the grafts was done with care as they shaved an area in between the top and bottom of my ponytail so that the graft area would not be seen afterwards as the shaved area grew out. Then the only slight pain as the numbing injections went in. 5 rounds of those but after the 2nd round things were quite numb. Having the grafts taken was not painful but I was aware as each was taken. Then a short break and on to numbing the front area ready for implantation. More injections but soon over and over to Dr Kalra to carefully make the 2000 incisions ready for the grafts to go in to. A short break again for lunch and a drink then on to a 3 hour implant session where the team took great care to place each of the grafts in to their new home. Slight pain towards the end as the numbing wore of on the donor area but a couple of paracetamol later and it was ok. Then before I knew it I was talking to Dr Kalra again about aftercare and receiving my care pack. That evening was a bit sore but easily managed by paracetamol and ibuprofen. I slept propped up in bed with a neck pillow and woke up to tightness in the donor and implant areas but no need for any more pain meds. Ok...it looked red and sore but keeping up with the aftercare helped and at day 5 I washed my hair gently. Now at day 6 and almost all tightness gone. There was a little swelling around my eyes but this passed in two days. A review is planned at 3 months then 2nd session at 6 months. I was extremely well cared for and initial results are looking very good. I will post some pics as everything settles down but I am very pleased so far and so glad I chose and trusted the
iraj ebra
iraj ebra
2020-01-17
I have been for hair transplant consultation with Kevin in Liverpool and I am please by his honest opinion and professional approach and expertise. highly recommended.
Dean Rolstone
Dean Rolstone
2020-01-12
Thoroughly recommend anybody considering having a hair transplant procedure to use Hair Transplant Liverpool based on my excellent experience with them. Had a brilliant consultation with Kevin who talked through the procedure and calmed my fears and nerves about the treatment. Big thanks to Dr. Nayak and his team for the professionalism and care given to me at the surgery and from then on. It's been 5 months since I had the procedure and I couldn't be any happier with the results.

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