There’s no two ways about it: Hair Transplant surgery is a little scary. But, concern about surgery shouldn’t scare you away from getting a Hair Transplant. When a Hair Transplant is performed under the supervision of a trained and experienced surgeon at Kabera, aftercare and recovery is typically fast and the result lasts a lifetime.
If you’re considering a hair transplant surgery, it’s important to be familiar with the procedure, the recovery timeline, and the post-surgery aftercare.
Pro Tips for Post-Transplant Aftercare
- Keep the Newly Grafted Area Moist
Your surgeon should serve you all essential tools to keep a moist environment for the newly transplanted hair follicles. A common notion is to keep the implanted hairs hydrated by spraying the scalp with a solution or applying an ointment like Aquaphor.
- Washing Hair
After 1-2 days of applying the solution, wash your hair by hand. Instead of washing your hair in the shower, lower the water pressure and gently clean your hair with your hands. A soft shampoo should be used, followed by a gentle rinse with a cup of lukewarm water.
- Sleeping Guide
To avoid the effects of gravity on their hairs, those who have just had hair transplant surgery should sleep in a semi-upright position. Rather to sleeping straight, one should adopt the “recliner” posture, which involves an upright angle of around 45 degrees and should be maintained for the whole 48-hour period.
- Pain Management & Swelling
Following a hair transplant, gentle hair cleansing on a regular basis will help to decrease scabbing and irritation on the scalp. Additionally, sleeping in the same posture for the first three nights will allow fluid to flow down into the forehead, reducing swelling.
- Activities, Work & Sports
Pain and swelling can be reduced by restricting heavy physical activity for a period of time. After the hair transplant, non-aerobic workouts like walking and stretching are fine. Over the next week, progressively increase the workout intensity after 7-10 days. Sweating isn’t a risk factor for the new transplants, but intense physical activity does raise pain and inflammation.
- Cutting & Styling Hair
Loosen ponytails, braids, etc., will put a little stress on your newly implanted hairs. Additionally, don’t overuse products that make your new transplants too stiff or too big, and opt instead for a little texture.
After hair transplant surgery, a proper diet can help keep your new hair healthy.
Various meals can assist you in providing your hair with the nutrients it requires to grow full and healthy. Here are a few of them:
- Fish, such as salmon, tuna, or trout.
- Walnuts are also rich in biotin, fatty acids, and vitamin E, which help protect your hair against damage.
- Eggs have sulfur, zinc, selenium, and iron, which carries oxygen to your follicles.
Precautions To Take After Hair Transplant Surgery
- Don’t dye your hair after the procedure
You can’t dye your hair within four weeks of your hair transplant surgery. If you don’t think you’ll be able to go four weeks without dyeing your hair, get it done before the operation. There are no risks involved with dyeing your hair right before a hair transplant, but the harsh chemicals used subsequently can harm the transplanted follicles quality.
The newly transplanted hairs are quite brittle for several weeks following hair transplantation.
- Avoid sun exposure
For the first two weeks after your hair transplant, avoid exposing your implanted hair to direct sunlight. If you go outside for work or other reasons, don’t stay out too long. If you’re going on vacation, wear sunscreen to avoid becoming sunburned and avoid scuba diving.
How to Keep Hair Healthy After Hair Transplantation?
Sometimes, hair damage and loss can occur due to age, other genetic factors, and daily habits. If you’re eating healthy food but still struggling with your looks,
- Check your vitamin and mineral levels
- Take nutrients as directed by your expert.
- Try to use silicone-based products to reduce the amount of damage done to your new hair.
- Make sure your hairstylist is trustworthy-whether it’s a cut or a styling, they should not damage your hair by doing their job.
Getting a hair transplant is a significant decision that requires research and patience. Like all medical procedures, it’s important that you understand the process and its limitations before you go ahead.
Hair restoration surgery can be effective for men looking to take back their luscious locks, but it’s not without its precautions. It’s costly, it can take some time to heal and the process can be somewhat exhausting (and perhaps a bit painful). But the results are real, and they generally work.
Want to take action today? At Kabera, our guide to stopping a receding hairline, overall thinning, bald spots and hair fall explains the root cause of male pattern baldness and lists a range of treatment you can use to stop hair loss and keep as much of your hair as possible.