Tips To Return To Your Everyday Life After A Hair Transplant In Toronto

A hair transplant may be the only cosmetic procedure that has you counting down the days until you see the final results. You’ve made a significant effort to regrow your hair after years of loss by having a hair transplant. For that reason, returning to your everyday life after a hair transplant can sometimes be difficult.

In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to know about post-hair transplant recovery, both in the immediate sense of getting over the procedure and the longer-term until you see the final results.

Quick Tips For Recovery Following Your Hair Transplant In Toronto

Before we dive into more detail about the recovery and returning to your regular routine following a hair transplant, we wanted to quickly go over some recovery tips. The following are some that you should strictly follow after your procedure: 

  • Take a 24-hour period of full relaxation after your hair transplant. 
  • To lessen swelling, sleep with your head raised at a 45-degree angle. 
  • After surgery, refrain from drinking and smoking for a period of time. 
  • Starting 48 hours following surgery, wash your hair once a day for 10 days. 
  • Wash your hair with baby shampoo or the shampoo that your surgeon suggests. 
  • After surgery, refrain from using aspirin, cigarettes, and alcohol for a while. 
  • After surgery, wait 10 to 14 days before engaging in intense exercise or sexual activity. 
  • Avoid touching or rubbing the region where the transplant was made, even while shampooing your hair. 
  • Consume food that is high in omega-3 amino acids, vitamins, iron, and zinc. 
  • Remember that healing and hair growth take time. In a few weeks, you could abruptly lose every hair that was transplanted, but new hair will grow in their place.

Your Recovery Timeline Following A Hair Transplant

Things To Remember The First Week

For a successful recovery after a hair transplant, the first week is crucial. Patients are often advised to avoid touching the freshly transplanted spot and to keep their heads still during the first few days.

Playing with the newly implanted hairs might cause the grafts to come loose and increase the risk of infection in the surgical site.

In order to reduce swelling, you should sleep on your side or back with your head raised for the first two to three days after the surgery. Sleeping in a recliner or using a few cushions to maintain a 45-degree incline of the torso are also options.

In the first week, there can be some little discomfort and pain that can be treated with painkillers. It’s typical to have some edema at this time. Additionally typical, mild scabbing normally goes away by the second week. After surgery, stay away from alcohol and any aspirin for three to five days to speed healing and reduce bleeding risk.

The following is a breakdown of what you can expect during the first few days.

Day 1

What you anticipate on the first day depends on whether you underwent a FUE or FUT hair transplant.

If you had FUE hair transplantation, the donor region on the back and sides of your head was likely shaved, and there are little wounds there that will heal in less than 48 hours. If you had a FUT hair transplant, the sutures are used to close the linear donor region incision.

The clinic will send you home with bandages covering your head. Your doctor may give you instructions on how to get rid of them at home or ask you to come back the following day for their removal. You’ll get a post-op care package from the clinic in most cases with all the things you’ll need for aftercare and instructions.

You should get plenty of rest and avoid doing anything after you return home from the procedure. You should not drive following the procedure since you will be given pain medicines; thus, bring a companion to assist you in getting home after you are released from the clinic.

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Days 2-4 

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. 

Days 5-7 

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. 

Weeks 2-4 

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. 

Months 1-2

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. 

Months 6-10 

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. 

Months 10-12

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.

What To Stay Away From After A Hair Transplant? 


Avoid smoking and using any nicotine-containing products since they will hinder your hair transplant recovery. Smoking damages hair follicles and might lead to further hair loss. It is advised that you give up smoking 10 days before and for two weeks after your hair transplant. 


On the first day, you should refrain from any exercise no matter how little. It is advised to refrain from any exercise and intense activities for the following 10 to 14 days. 

Sun Exposure 

During the first few weeks after your hair transplant, try to avoid spending too much time in the sun since it might slow the healing process. 

Wearing Hats

After a hair transplant, wearing a helmet or hat might harm and move the freshly implanted transplants. Additionally, perspiration from wearing headgear might harm the newly implanted hairs. In the first few days after a hair transplant, avoid wearing any hats. If you must cover your head in public, do so with your expert’s consent at least five days after the surgery, and use a loose-fitting hat. 

Sexual Activity

Following hair transplant surgery, it is advised to wait 10 days before engaging in sexual activity. Ensure that your partner doesn’t touch or rub anything against your hair or the newly transplanted follicles.

Learn More About The Recovery Process After A Hair Transplant In Toronto

If you are ready to learn more about the recovery process that follows a hair transplant, please give the experts at Nova Medical Hair Transplant a call or fill out the contact form on our website, and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have!

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