The morning following your treatment, you may notice some minor swelling, bleeding or scabbing beginning. Scalp sensitivity and even a little forehead swelling are expected for a few days and shouldn’t be concerning. This is the time for patients to take extra care around the transplant areas and grafts to make sure that they are firmly planted. So, no direct pressure or friction is advised at that time. You’ll be given instructions about how to wash and care for your scalp in the early days.
Around three days, the swelling might still be very present, but patients are now able to wash their hair gently. They can also use spray on shampoo. It typically takes 5-7 days after the procedure for the swelling to completely resolve.
You’ll need to make sure that your transplanted hair grafts successfully take. To ensure this, you must avoid direct pressure to the scalp or manipulation of the small scabs that form. The tiny scabs are expected and will fall off within the first week as you eventually wash your hair more. Your hair transplant surgeon will tell you to avoid swimming, hot tubbing and other exposures to bacteria until the micro-incision sites are healed.
The shedding phase follows the initial healing a few weeks after treatment. Before full results are seen, the transplanted hair must go through the predictable stages of healing then growth. During the first phase, the transferred hairs which were implanted with follicles will typically fall out. This is a natural and expected part of the recovery and shouldn’t alarm you. Your follicles will stay healthy and established as new hairs begin to grow in. Many people can see new strands coming in as early as three months after the transplant.
During the anagen stage of the hair cycle, hairs start to appear in the transplant site, and the results will slowly become more evident. Some may notice changes to the texture of their hairs or a difference in the direction of the growth. However, it’s important to appreciate that thickness, pattern and style of new hair will require time to mature. You must be patient throughout the process.
For many, it takes nine to fourteen months to enjoy a full head of thick hair. By nine months, many people see full results that they can cut and style just like the hair of their past. For others, it will take a full year or longer to appreciate all the benefits from their procedure.