Here is guidance for care of your hair transplants graft once you have had the treatment with the Hair Dr. Hair transplant care is an important factor in achieving the best result.
DAY OF PROCEDURE
Hair transplant care starts day of your procedure. After your hair transplant you may wear a baseball cap or similar to go home in. But not tight fitting or woolly hat. We will show you how to put it on and off. Once it is in place, do not take it off again or keep adjusting it. Your scalp will still be numb from the local anaesthetic and it is very easy initially to dislodge or damage grafts without realising it. When you get home, we recommend that you remove the cap. Slowly and carefully, whilst watching in the mirror.
There may be a need to take paracetamol or ibuprofen within the first 24-48 hours. Once the local anaesthetic has worn off, your donor area is likely to feel tight and sore. There may well be a benefit from taking the painkillers every four to six hours. Over the first 24 hours or so. It´s best not to drink alcohol for the first 24 hours. Alcohol thins the blood and may cause minor bleeding. You may experience slight spotting of blood. More so from the donor area. This is not unusual and you should simply press firmly on the area for 5 minutes with a clean swab.
Day One of your hair transplant care. The first morning after the procedure (i.e. approx. 15-20 hours after it is finished). Your donor area maybe a little sore. Avoid scratching or picking your scalp. Use a spray bottle with water to lightly spray your scalp hourly. It helps to hydrate the skin and relieves any irritating itching. You may see some swelling over your forehead or eyebrows. Lasting just a few days. This is normal and can be reduced by “taking it easy.” You should lie back rather than sit upright if reading or watching TV. This will help any swelling to dissipate away from your face.
You can now get your hair wet. Stand under a gentle, lukewarm shower for five minutes, letting the water soak the crusts but do not scratch or use shampoo just yet. Leave your hair to dry naturally, using your fingers to style it, dabbing gently with a soft towel. DO NOT RUB! You can do this twice or even three times a day for 10 minutes a time. Any forehead swelling will peak now and disappear over the next few days.
This is the first day you can wash your head with shampoo. Again, soak your hair for at least five minutes then put some shampoo in the palm of your hand and then gently put this on the top of your head, letting the lather run over your head and slowly moving it over the whole head. Leave for a minute and wash off, as above.
You should now be shampooing daily with a mild shampoo such as Neutrogena. Apply the shampoo to the back or sides of the head, away from your grafts and gently work into a lather. You should then gently allow the soapy suds to run onto the grafts. Do not be tempted to pick at the crusts but don’t be surprised if some of the graft hairs come away with the loose crusts. This is perfectly normal. This should be carried out daily as this helps to speed up the healing process.
The donor area should now be healing fast. You should avoid heavy lifting or exercise until at least two weeks is up and only exercise fairly gently for the first four weeks.
DAY 14 – 6 MONTHS
Once your donor area heals this will start to feel more comfortable then it is a good time to have a haircut but not too short to begin with i.e. not less than electric clipper setting “4”. Over the next six months, the individual hairs will start growing through, getting longer each day. It is important to realise that the hair doesn’t appear “all at once” but is a gradual, random process, maximum results are achieved by 24 months. Once all the hair has grown to a reasonable length you can treat your hair normally – washing, drying, dyeing, cutting etc. It is normal not to see any growth at all before three months and it often takes six to nine months before thick growth comes through. It is also common for the transplants to initially grow for a few weeks, then shedding later at 4 weeks, before regrowing.
We would like you to return for review at 12 months to check on growth, results and satisfaction. We can compare your before and after photos and discuss any future hair restoration requirements. This review is mandatory but if it is difficult for you to get to see us, then please keep us informed by telephone or post or email photos over.
Please contact the clinic first if you have any urgent worries or problems. In an emergency, we do carry mobile phones and have an answering machine. If you feel you need medical assistance immediately, then please seek advice from your local GP or casualty department. However, most problems are straightforward and part of the normal healing process. Please telephone us during working hours on 0113 468 8530 and there will be staff who can help you.