- August 4, 2017
- Posted by: dr.diaa
- Category: hair restoration
If you take the proper care after a hair transplant, hair regrowth results will be amazing….
One of the important factors to get the maximum results after a hair transplant is the post-operation care. These instructions and care will ensure the lasting results of the operation.
The clinic or hospital you have had the operation in will support you with the full instructions and care tips of your transplanted hair.
Here, we will offer the basic and general care tips and instructions that will make you have the maximum results of the operation. Your expectations of the results will be set in a timeline for ensuring the success of your hair transplant.
Following up and care of your hair transplant is the first step
The first day after a hair transplant is the most sensitive day following the procedure. The hair follicles are trying to adapt to their new environment on the scalp for the first few days. They need a careful cleaning and care like babies in their first days in our world.
When should I use shampoo after my hair transplant?
It will be safe to clean your entire head with shampoo after perhaps 5 days. However, you should be aware that the new hair follicles are not stable yet. So, you have to deal with them carefully and do not mess with them or grub the bumps of the scalp.
You should clean all the scabs during your shampooing. These scabs may inhibit hair regrowth and may delay the results of the operation.
Be aware, if you removed these scabs or crusts during the first 5 days, you may damage the transplanted new follicles.
Swelling, redness, and discomfort after my hair transplant…
One of the possible complications after a hair transplant is to experience some redness or swelling on your scalp. These normal reactions are due to the immune system. It reacts against any strange bodies, such as the newly transplanted follicles. These normal reactions are supposedly subsided quickly during the following few days. You will not need any treatments to deal with these complications such as antibiotics. The use of any treatments or medications may decrease the blood supply to the scalp. Nevertheless, it will be a necessity to use some antibiotics in case you experience any infection. Some doctors prescribe antibiotics so as to prohibit any expected infection.
You will not need any treatments to deal with these complications such as antibiotics. The use of any treatments or medications may decrease the blood supply to the scalp. Nevertheless, it will be a necessity to use some antibiotics in case you experience any infection. Some doctors prescribe antibiotics so as to prohibit any expected infection.
Expect that the office will contact you during the following 6 months up to a year. The office will arrange several appointments if your case needs an urgent follow-up. You have to call the clinic for any unusual side effects or any persistent complications.
What is the normal way of my hair regrowth after the operation…?
We talk about normal cases, so you should notice that not all the scalp new hair will grow the same way. Hair regrowth depends on time, and each follicle has its unique time and way of growing. The transplanted follicles will cycle on their own special schedule. They will cycle randomly.
Why do the transplanted new follicles regrow in a random way?
When removing and transplanting the new hair of the donor area, they have some kind of a shock. This shock will move the hair follicles to their resting phase. This phase is the direct reason for many patients may shed their transplanted hair during the first 8 weeks after the operation. Some doctors may prescribe minoxidil or a number of sessions of PRP treatment to inhibit this shedding.
What should I expect after 3 months of the operation?
After three months of the operation, the hair new follicles will begin to germinate but under the skin of the scalp. You may experience some growth under the skin but it will not be a serious complication. These germinated hairs will come out of the skin naturally and quickly. Some doctors advise having a warm compression on the areas of the transplanted hair.
Hair regrowth 6 months after the operation
After the first 6 months of the operation, you will notice the visible growth of the transplanted hairs. The growth percentage may rise to reach up to 50-60 %. However, not all the follicles will produce hair the same time and way as the others. The initial growth of new hairs may be thin and fine due to their new environment. These fine and thin hairs will gain their normal density and length after a certain time.
Celebrating the first year
It is a full 12 months past the operation, we can celebrate…
Hair regrowth will achieve about 80-90% of their success. for some patients, they will notice full growth after 12 months. You will notice a full growth of the hairs on the scalp. Nevertheless, it may be some curvature of hairs due to the small scars in the recipient area. After the new hairs have their stability and rest, they will gain their straight and right path of growth.
For the female patients, the operation may require up to 18 months to have the full growth. They should wait for the transplanted hairs to have their normal length and density.
Some concerns and expectations after your hair transplant
You wait for your hair regrowth… is it an anxious experience?
Sure, for most patients it will be a matter of anxiety. You are waiting for the real results of your operation. We mentioned that the normal growth of the transplanted hairs may occur during the first 2-3 months. However, any future delay of the normal growth for some patients may reflect a complication. This complication is not that great because the proper follow-up of the operation may solve it.
Do not forget that the initial growth of the hairs may not indicate the success of your operation. you should notice progressive improvements till the first year after the procedure.
Hair regrowth may bear different rates and it differs from person to another. Some may see different imbalances of growth, and it does not indicate any risk or complication. Hairs may appear in their full growth in some parts, while they are not that fullness in other parts.
While waiting for hair regrowth, remember that initial results may not indicate the success of the surgery. Continuous improvement should be seen for up to a year and a half following the procedure.
Hair regrowth will occur at different rates, from individual to individual. It is also normal for some patients to see what appears to be an imbalance in the areas of regrowth. For example, hair may appear fuller on one side of the head than the other. As regrowth continues, the distribution of the hair will soon appear more even.