The transplanted location will have small little crusts, but by day four, it will start to become pink. By this time, most of the discomfort will have subsided. But edema begins to worsen on days 2-3, peaking on day 4.
Use an ice pack to minimize the swelling, and be sure to call your expert if the discomfort becomes too intense. In this period, keep your head up and stay away from alcohol and aspirin.
As directed by your expert, you may wash your hair the second or third day after the surgery. When shampooing your hair, use baby shampoo or the shampoo that your doctor has recommended. When washing, take care not to scratch the transplanted region. Instead, lightly tap the head with your palms while rinsing the foam away with low-pressure water. Dry the head with a soft towel, being careful not to massage it as this might move the implanted grafts.
By this point, the transplanted grafts will have grown into the scalp and won’t be as readily removed. In FUT situations, the skin tightness in the donor location will become better, but the sutures will still be there. Even though the scabs may still be there, any slight itching is likely an indication that the wound is healing. The donor region incisions from FUE procedures will be healed by this point.
Most of your regular activities may be resumed, however it is advised that you avoid intense activity for four weeks.
You may wear a loose-fitting hat if you find it difficult to appear in public with a shaved and crusty head, but be sure to see and ask your expert first.
The scabbing and crusting go away in the second week after a hair transplant, and the scalp becomes pink. The transplanted follicles undergo a “resting period” also known as the telogen phase from week two to week eight, during which time the hair begins to fall out. This is quite normal and doesn’t indicate that the treatment was unsuccessful. New healthy hairs begin to grow in their place once the transplanted hairs and perhaps other thinning hairs as well have fallen out.
In FUT patients, the incision is fully healed by week 2, at which point the suture may be taken out. Never attempt to forcefully remove scabs from the scalp if there are still any. Follow your doctor’s advice on basic hair maintenance, and ultimately they will disappear on their own.
Some patients may see pimples in the transplanted or donor sites. Folliculitis, an illness characterized by follicular inflammation, is the root cause of this. If you encounter this, get in touch with your clinic for assistance.
During this stage, the first indications of eventual hair growth will start to show; some patients may see them sooner than others. At first, the texture of the growing hair seems to be fine, but with time, the hairs thicken and lengthen. At this point, the donor scar in FUT instances also develops its ultimate appearance.
Even though it takes another three months for the hair to reach its full thickness, you may start styling it at this point.
At this stage, your hair will be longer and thicker, giving you additional style possibilities. The donor location will be fully recovered.
You may even colour your hair, provided that your rehabilitation goes according to plan. 60% of your transplanted hairs would have grown by this stage, but you can already see the difference.
By this point, up to 90% of the transplanted hairs will have grown, and you may assess the success of the surgery at this stage.
After One Year
The complete results of a FUE or FUT hair transplant will be seen 12 to 18 months following the treatment. Nevertheless, since every patient is unique, it is important to have monthly checkups while recovering from a hair transplant to make sure everything is proceeding according to plan.
If you can’t make visits with your expert every time, sending pictures of your hair at each stage of hair recovery is advised.