What happens after Hair Transplant Surgery?

After your hair transplant surgery there are certain things that you will need to do in order to promote the healthy healing of the area and keep the transplant looking as natural as possible.  Your surgeon will discuss these measures with you before your surgery so that you are fully prepared and know what steps you will need to take.

Your scalp will be bandaged for around 24 hours after the surgery to protect the hair follicles as they adapt to their new environment.  The dressing will be semi-permeable to allow for any bleeding or fluid loss from the scalp. 

Scabs may appear around the base of every hair that has been transplanted.  You mustn’t pick these off, instead let them fall naturally, which ought to happen within a couple of weeks after the surgery. To prevent these scabs from occurring your surgeon is likely to ask you to wash your hair the day after the surgery. 

You may experience some swelling and discomfort around your scalp for a few days after the surgery.  You can take mild painkillers to deal with this, such as paracetamol.

You will need to avoid any strenuous exercise for a few weeks after surgery to avoid the hair follicles from falling out.  This has been known to happen when serious exercise is being performed closely after a hair transplant.

It is advisable not to expose your scalp to direct sunlight for as long as possible, instead covering your head with a hat.  This will prevent your skin colour from changing at all.

After your hair transplant surgery you may suffer from continued hair loss in areas untreated.  There are medicines that can prevent this from occurring, and your surgeon will talk you through your options.