Doctors used to recommend swimming in the ocean after a hair surgery because of the high salt content. Salt is known to disinfect wounds and help speed healing. However, it turns out pollution levels and high bacterial load outrank any potential benefits. As well, keep in mind that chlorine, believed to kill harmful bacteria in pools, is not a guaranteed way to prevent infection in wounds. If the bacteria don’t get you, the harsh chlorine can irritate and damage delicate tissue.
Swimming can be strenuous
A secondary reason why swimming needs to wait- even after the scabs have healed in some cases- is that swimming can be great aerobic activity. For those who like to do laps, there are few better workouts, however you’ll be advised to keep your blood pressure and heart rate steady for 2-3 weeks after FUE in Toronto. Raising pressure in tiny vessels through cardio workouts could harm the delicate connections made by follicle grafts. Sometimes a spike in blood pressure, bending over, or heavy lifting can lead to bleeding and graft damage due to pressure.
In general, use your best judgement when participating in all sports and strenuous activities again after you heal. Actions which put direct pressure on the head or expose you to sunburn could still harm you and lead to scarring or unwanted effects long after you heal. For the full list of activities to avoid for optimal healing post transplant, contact our office today.