What should I do after hair transplant surgery?

The things you should or should not do after hair transplant are listed below. It is very important that you stick to these rules so that you can ensure healthy hair growth and fast recovery of the donor site.

  • SMOKING

Do not smoke for 7 days after the procedure.

  • ALCOHOL

Do not drink alcohol for 7 days after the procedure.

  • BLOOD THINNING DRUGS

Blood thinners should never be used (you can contact us for a detailed list).

  • BATH-SAUNA

Do not go to the bath or sauna for 3 months after the procedure.

  • SUN

Do not tan in the sun or do not go to solarium for 3 months after the procedure.

  • SWIMMING

Do not swim in the sea or pool for 1 month after the procedure.

  • SPORTS

Do not engage in sports activities for 1 month after the procedure.

  • WEIGHT LIFTING

You should avoid lifting weights for 1 month after the procedure.

  • PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

You can do light-intensity activities right after the procedure.

You can take short walks at moderate pace or do low-intensity aerobic exercise.

The main point you need to be careful about is you should avoid excessive sweating. You can do these activities for a short period of time keeping sweating to a minimum.

  • EXPOSURE TO SUNLIGHT

You should avoid sunbathing for the at least 3 months. This includes avoiding direct exposure to strong sunlight in your daily life or work life, if not for sunbathing purposes.

It is important that you avoid exposure to direct sunlight for the first 14 days. We recommend that you wear a large, clean hat that is not too tight for your head.

We provide our patients with a suitable hat.

If you live in a hot country where the sun is strong, it would be wise to keep avoiding sunlight up to 3 months following hair transplant.

  • SEXUAL ACTIVITY

Sexual activity is not recommended for 14 days after the operation.

  • TOUCHING YOUR HAIR

After hair transplant, you may feel the urge to touch their new hair to check its condition.

You must avoid this, because excessive contact with hands causes infection in hair follicles, called folliculitis.

Small pink-red pimples may occur on your scalp, which often suppurate and drain. It can cause itching skin. You should definitely not touch them, because you may spread the infection to other follicles.

PRODUCTS TO USE

You need to take some medications for 8 days after surgery and use some products to wash your hair for 2 weeks.

• Take the prescribed drugs regularly. You will be given a detailed form listing the prescribed medications and instructions.

• It is important that you use the recommended shampoo for the first 14 days. Instructions are given below.

• It is important that you use the recommended lotion for the first 14 days. Instructions are given below.

HOW LONG DO I NEED TO REST?

You need to take some medications for 8 days after surgery and use some products to wash your hair for 2 weeks.

• Take the prescribed drugs regularly. You will be given a detailed form listing the prescribed medications and instructions.
• It is important that you use the recommended shampoo for the first 14 days. Instructions are given below.
• It is important that you use the recommended lotion for the first 14 days. Instructions are given below.
• Depending on your doctor’s recommendation, you may need to use a moisturizing spray.

SLEEP

For the first 3 nights you need to use a high pillow or may be two pillows (to obtain an angle of about 45 degrees), to reduce the swelling in your head.

You can lie on your back or on your side, but you should never lie face down. Make sure that your recipient area does not contact the pillow.

If grafts have been transplanted to the top of your head and if the pillow is likely to contact that area when you lie on your back, then put a rolled towel under the neck to prevent contact.

HEADBAND

The use of a headband will provide protection against swelling in the head. You should start wearing a headband after the first wash. The bandage we put at our clinic will serve the same function until then.

We will do the first hair wash after the surgery at our clinic. We recommend that you wear the headband for 2 days.

ATTENTION: Never sleep with a headband on your head. Keep the headband clean and wash it regularly. While putting it on and taking it off, you should stretch the headband sideways to make sure it does not pull your hair.

HAT

It is recommended that you wear a hat when you go outdoors. It will provide protection against sun and other outdoor conditions (rain, dust, etc.).

Otherwise, do not wear a hat indoors or if the weather is fine. You can start wearing a hat on the 5th day after the operation. Put the hat on your head very loosely and make sure it is not too tight.

When you are wearing the hat, gently put it on your head with both hands and remove it by pulling up with both hands. Make sure that it will not rub on the transplanted hair. Keep the hat clean and wash it regularly.

WASHING YOUR HAIR

Hair washing and care after hair transplant is very important for the health of your hair. Therefore, you have to closely follow the rules. Washing days and methods should be as follows.

  • Day 1. The day of operation, no washing, there are bandages at the head area.
  • Day 2. No washing or any other procedure.
  • Day 3 (sometimes, Day 2). The first wash after the transplant will be performed by our team in the clinic. You will be informed about the date.
  • Day 4 and Day 10. Washing at home. After the first wash in the clinic you will wash your head at home. Before washing you will use the lotion or oil given to you. It should be applied before each wash. Apply the recommended lotion or oil to the transplanted area by lightly touching the skin with your fingertips. The movements should be made from the top downwards, without rubbing. Keep the lotion or oil for 15-20 minutes. Then wash the lotion or oil with warm water. The water should be neither cold nor hot. It is important that you wash your hair with warm water. Note that the water flow should also be weak. The next stage is shampooing. Start by soaking your head first. Then put the recommended shampoo into your hand and foam it there. After that apply the foam to the areas where hair was planted. Make sure not to spread it with your hand in rubbing movements. Do it in very light upward and downward movements. Use your fingertips to gently apply the shampoo to the donor areas. Then rinse the shampoo with a weak water flow. Do not dry the hair transplant area. Make sure to do no rubbing. Do not use towels. Do not use a hair dryer. Let it dry itself. You can use towels in the areas other than hair transplantation area. After rinsing, in order to increase the blood circulation, gently massage the transplant area without rubbing it. You can wash your hair in the nape area or other donor areas. Using lotion or oil to these areas, it will reduce the itching. If you have the opportunity, it will be much better to do the washing twice a day (morning and evening).
  • Day 10 to Day 14 removing the crust during washing. From the transplant day to this day your skin will be crusted. Lotion-oil use and washing will greatly reduce the crust. It is important that the post-operation crust is removed with lotion and washing. This will ensure that the planted follicles stay healthy. Especially after Day 10 you can apply the massage movements a little harder to get rid of the crust. It is necessary to get rid of all the crust from Day 10 to Day 14. There should be no crust after Day 14. At this stage you need to come to our clinic, or send us your photos to show that the crust has been removed. This way we can estimate the progress.

Day 15 and after. You do not need to follow the above mentioned washing procedure. You do not have to use the lotion and shampoo recommended to you. You can continue with the same shampoo if you want.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

You have undergone a surgical procedure, so you may experience some discomfort and the following side effects after the surgery:

PAIN

You may fee mild pain for a few days after surgery. In case of pain, you can use the prescribed painkiller.

SWELLING

Swelling or edema is natural and expected to occur after surgery. Swelling may involve the scalp, forehead, and in some cases the areas around eyes. The swelling can last 2 to 5 days. Do not worry about it as the following should prevent or reduce swelling.

• Among the medications we prescribe after the surgery, one of them is intended to reduce any swelling or edema. Instructions on how to use the prescribed medications are included in the aftercare notes.

• Start wearing the “headband” we give you after the first wash. Wearing it for 2 days should prevent swelling on the forehead to a great extent.

ITCHING

Itching is perfectly normal after hair transplant and it may occur all over your scalp. Good aftercare, timely washing, and regular use of the recommended lotion can prevent itching.

But some people may experience more severe itching. In such cases, contact our clinic, because you may need to use antihistamine medications.-

PHOTO SHOOT

Before the operation, we will take photos of your hair from various angles at our clinic. We will take photos immediately after the operation and after the first wash at our clinic.

However, in order to monitor the progress, we need to take photos of your hair with regular intervals at day 14, month 1, month 3, month 6 and 12 after the procedure.

We recommend you to visit our clinic, if possible, both for after surgery photos and close examination of the progress. If you cannot come, send us your photos for a better follow-up process.