A hair transplant is an outpatient process that requires some surgery, so it is subject to a recovery period that must be met by the patient to ensure the appropriate result.
However, recovery is much easier than some believe.
A hair transplant requires local anesthesia, so the same day that the treatment is applied, the patient can return home, with a rest of approximately five to six days.
That is, if a period of care is needed, since we are talking about an invasive surgery.
After the patient undergoes hair transplantation, the duration of which will depend on the degree of alopecia he suffers (in some cases it extends more than six hours), he must meet certain recommendations given by the specialist.
Since professionals must graft hair into each hair follicle, the amount of work will depend on how much they should cover.
The first two days, you will feel discomfort due to manipulation in the area of the hair graft. In some cases an edema is formed on the forehead caused by anesthesia, that is normal and will disappear with the passing of days.
In the first week not much should be done, only some cures with physiological serum that do not need a degree of medical expertise to apply them. The patient can do them for himself.
The head should not be washed with any chemical or shampoo.
From the third day the scalp could start to redden and create a layer of very small scabs, but this is not cause for alarm, it is normal.
And, in order to achieve hair transplantation, experts need to make small, very tiny punctures to cover the area to be treated.
Surgeons say that the formation of scabs is a sign that everything is going well, since the healing process is going on.
One question asked by many patients who treat alopecia through a hair transplant is how long does recovery take? And the answer is, it all depends on the care taken.
Specialists recommend that, during the first four days, antibiotic and analgesic treatment should be applied to lessen possible side effects of the procedure.
In addition, on the first day a total rest of 24 hours should be kept.
You should not perform physical exercises in the first 15 days of the operation, and baths in swimming pools or beaches are prohibited.
The sun is also ruled out of your routine, or at least not exposed for very long periods, at least during the first month.
If you’re going out, you can wear a cap.
The routine of hair washing also changes. Men tend to be more rude at the time of rinsing their head with some shampoo, so now they should do so with extreme care.
It is recommended to wash with a neutral soap after the fifth day, and very, very gently.
If you feel itchy in the treated area, you should avoid touching or scratching it, since one of the hair follicles can become infected.
The scabs should gradually disappear, but, if you still feel them after twelve days, you should do a massage in the area with your fingers, but if they disappear, you should go to your clinic to be valued.
The results after undergoing a hair transplant will require some time and patience.
The treated hair follicles will begin to produce their own hair at five or six months. During that time we will see an increase in hair density.
But the highest point of hair production will reach 10 or 12 months.
In that period, practically nobody will realize that you underwent surgery to treat your alopecia, since the abundance of hair will be so much that it will hide any indication of manipulation.
The transplanted hair will grow normally, and should be combed and washed like any other.