Hiding A Hair Transplant

Probably something almost every hair transplant candidate is concerned about is people´s reaction; many times and with surprise no one comments. Dependent on your lifestyle it can be easier to hide than others, creative hair styling, wearing a hat of some kind

There are two aspects to this question, the immediate post-operative condition of your head and then the long term result you achieve; but it is reasonable to assume people will notice

Recovery will be slightly different dependent on the technique used; FUT or FUE, and the initial approach can alter to help disguise the healing process

FUT does not require the hair around the donor to be shaved so it is possible to hide the suture line just by keeping a little hair length; FUE requires the donor area to be shaved exposing the punch marks around the area

If the individual’s hair style is normally longer hair it may be a good idea to start cutting the hair shorter: this will accustom the individual to shorter hair and others around you get their questions out the way before the surgery

The first weeks post-operation are commonly known as the ugly duckling stage: a little swelling over and around the forehead for the first 5 days or so can mean not wanting to go out too much. The swelling is normal and subsides, the use of an ice-pack can help but there is no need to take anti-inflammatory medications

Ideally rest for the first 2 weeks post operation, no heavy lifting or physical exercise; planning the timing of your hair transplant can greatly help if you do not put strict time lines on your lifestyle

Often, especially on larger procedures any native hair in the recipient will need to be shaved; this is to allow for the best density to be placed, cover any miniaturised hairs and helps the overall efficiency of the procedure, ensuring the grafts remain out of the skin for the minimum period of time

It is possible to wear some type of headwear, cap or hat during this time; try to ensure the hat does not rest on the grafted area or too tight and when possible remove and allow the scalp to breathe normally

Over the recipient area, where the grafts are placed, there will be potentially 1000´s of tiny slit made for the grafts to be placed into; this will create some scabbing as they are open wounds and the skin will appear red with a thin crust

Over the first couple of weeks the crust removes with washing and over a few months the skin pigmentation returns to normal, for some this can be much faster if they have good skin healing properties, and treatments can be used to help speed along nature

Plan your hair restoration well, choose the timing when it best suits your hair loss state, and utilising the donor area to the best. Ensure you research well, follow the instructions given to you by the clinic

 

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