It is best to plan your surgery when you have a few days free to recover.
Immediately after the surgery your surgeon may ask you to wear a head dressing to protect the work and you may be prescribed a pain medication to be taken for several days. You may also be prescribed an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory drug to aid in a smooth recovery.
In the weeks following a hair transplant surgery the transplanted hair falls out. Patients will experience 60% of new hair growth in the first 6 to 9 months following the surgery.
It is important to avoid physically strenuous activities for about two weeks after the surgery to keep from damaging new grafts. It is medically safe to return to work the day following your transplant, however, many patients choose to wait around a week for any changes in the appearance of their scalp, such as swelling or scabbing, to return to normal.
Patients are instructed to sleep in an semi-upright position for a few days after surgery to help minimize swelling and contact with donor and graft areas.
There is a slight risk of infection after surgery if patients do not follow the doctor’s after-care instructions closely, but these cases are rare and antibiotics usually clear them up quickly.
The biggest risk associated with hair transplant surgery is scarring of the donor or implant site. Scarring is a risk inherent to any surgical procedure, but hair transplants have come a long way in recent years, and the risk and severity of scarring is nowhere near what it once was. The best way too avoid scarring is to find a skilled surgeon whom you trust to preform the procedure. Thoroughly research your surgeon’s technique and past results before having a transplant, and be sure to follow after-care instructions closely to minimize any potential scarring risks.