Hair Transplant Recovery

Here are a few dos and don’ts for hair transplant recovery in Toronto.

Hair Transplant Recovery

Hair transplant recovery in Toronto is more straightforward than ever, which is helping to boost demand for the popular procedure. Hair thinning is an unwelcome fact of life for many. A leading motivation to seek hair transplants is a genetic predisposition to progressive hair loss. Both men and women experience this phenomenon known medically as androgenic alopecia. The more common term is male pattern hair loss.

At least two-thirds of men will experience progressive hair loss, and 25% may even notice the first signs in their 20s. After Hair transplant recovery in Toronto, can you count on restored hair? Do you want to know what’s involved in the planning and healing from this permanent hair restoration procedure? We’ll break down your need to know preparation tips and a few dos and don’ts for hair transplant recovery in Toronto.


Toronto Hair transplant recovery, here’s why it’s worth it

Today, hair restoration relies mostly on advanced FUE techniques. Short for Follicular Unit Excision, this nearly scarless method of harvesting and relocating hair grafts offers an easier process and recovery than previously available. The traditional strip method ( FUT) is still in use today, but more men are opting for the precision results of individual hair grafts that allow them to wear their hair in whatever style they please, keeping procedures discrete.

FUE hair transplant devices efficiently remove and relocate tiny hair grafts measuring only 1mm or less in width. The ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant System utilizes intelligent Algorithms to detect ideal hair follicles and excise them precisely. The risks for human error when selecting, removing and implanting grafts is significantly reduced. The speed and accuracy improve exponentially when harnessing physician-assisted technology.

The process was once very long and gruelling, with potential for scalp trauma, follicle damage and failed grafts. Today’s success rate using ARTAS® and skilled hair surgeons is unsurpassed. Recovery from a hair transplant in Toronto is rapid due to the minimally invasive approach. Mild swelling that lasts mere days is a welcome advancement, compared with the lengthy scalp incisions. When carried out by an expert, hair transplant recovery is brief, with natural hairlines and undetectable scarring. Patients have the freedom to wear their hair short, and welcome up-close scrutiny of their locks. Careful attention is paid to the direction, angle and density of hairs- especially at the hairline where ultra-realistic effects can be achieved. No one needs to know you had a hair transplant- but you.

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FUE hair transplants require thousands of repetitive and precise motions.

You can expect impressive results that last a lifetime after your hair transplant recovery in Toronto. However, planning ahead and following aftercare instructions are essential. The following expert guidance can help:

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Follow your hair transplant surgeon’s instructions

Although the aftercare is straightforward, any surgical procedure, no matter how minimally invasive, does carry inherent risks. Primarily, infection, bleeding or damage to your transplanted grafts are the considerations to be vigilant about. Before your treatment, your surgeon will advise you about supplements and medications to avoid. These help prevent unnecessary bleeding or bruising. After surgery, you’ll need to avoid swimming, hot tubs and even baths. You’ll need to skip the gym for a while and avoid washing your hair for a short time. Until you’re completely healed, exposing those little micro-incisions to bacteria could be detrimental, so you must take the restrictions seriously. Luckily, you’ll only be inconvenienced in that manner for 5-10 days.

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Toronto hair transplant recovery – Take comfort measures

Although mild swelling persists on the scalp and forehead for just a few days, and pain is minimal, there are a few things you can do to soothe the sensitive area.

Your surgeon can recommend an over the counter pain reliever like Tylenol if needed. You can expect minor spotting for a day and slight numbness of the treatment area. If desired, ice or cold packs can be applied to the scalp for brief periods.

The skin in your donor and recipient areas may be temporarily pink postoperatively, and small scabs will develop around the implanted grafts. While these symptoms dissipate quickly, to improve your hair transplant recovery, your doctor may recommend topical ointments or other products to calm and nourish your scalp.

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Avoid alcohol and nicotine

Before and after your hair transplant recovery, you’ll likely be advised to stop drinking alcohol. It may be for just a few days, but it’s a precaution to ensure you don’t bleed unnecessarily. As well, nicotine use constricts healthy blood flow, which slows healing and can lead to problems with hair graft survival. You’ll want to do everything you can to ensure your precious grafts thrive, so listen when your doctor advises no smoking before and after surgery.

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Avoid blood thinning supplements or medications

You may not realize that your innocent ginseng drinks, garlic supplement or omega-3s could have a detrimental effect, but when it comes to bleeding, they do. These and many anti-inflammatory medications can increase your risk of bleeding. Unless you have a medical need for a specific medication, those that cause bleeding will be discontinued temporarily. It’s essential that you let your surgeon know about everything you take so they can weigh the risks and advise you about the safest approach.

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What to do, and not to do

During Hair Transplant Recovery in Toronto

  • Take all your prescribed antibiotics
  • Although your risk of infection will be very low with advanced, micro-surgery techniques, you’ll be given a prescription for antibiotics as a precaution.
  • Protect your scalp from the sun
    If you are recovering from a hair transplant in the summer, or you live in a warm-weather location, you’ll need to pay extra attention to sun protection for your scalp. We recommend wearing a loose, comfortable hat whenever outdoors for the first two weeks, then apply sunblock liberally throughout the following year.
  • Avoid scrubbing
    Hair transplant surgeons will usually advise a spray on shampoo for a few days after the procedure so you can avoid the pressure of water and shampoo on delicate grafts. Patients can wash their hair gently within a few days. However, this needs to be done with clean water, and no scratching or rubbing at the hair grafts. Specialized hair growth shampoo like Revivogen Bio-Cleansing Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner are often recommended to feed the scalp with safe, nourishing cleansing care.
  • Don’t dye your hair for 6 to 8 weeks
    If you color your hair, it’s advisable to avoid it within a week or two before the procedure, and for 6 to 8 weeks during hair transplant recovery. In Toronto, hair restoration clients are advised to use hair colouring agents which are gentle and safe, and only after their surgeon has cleared them. The above do’s and don’ts will be customized by your surgeon. Depending on your health picture, your procedure and needs, you could have receive other instructions as well.

    It’s wise always to ask your surgeon when you’re not sure about an activity, a treatment or particular concern. They’re available to listen to you, advise you and help you through a comfortable problem-free hair transplant recovery. The hair specialists at Nova Medical Hair Transplant, will be happy to schedule your private consultation and get started planning your personal restoration journey. To learn more, contact us today.

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The FUE process is an advanced next-generation hair transplant micro-surgery. Click on the steps to get a simplified overview. For more details particular to your case, please consult with our doctor.

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