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Hair transplant is a widely preferred operation for people who live in a social world which values the aesthetic, style and youthfulness more than ever; even the uniqueness has an aesthetic standard in this world. There are many factors allowing the hair transplant procedures to keep up with the rules of our modern society today; one of them is its easy and quick hair transplant recovery process suits with the individuals who have busy schedules to catch up on.
When you have decided to have a hair transplant operation, it is important to know that hair transplant process does not end right after the operation. a significant amount of post-operative complications and undesired results are caused by improper approach to the hair transplant recovery.
The hair transplant procedures have achieved a very important place today. However, as in all other surgical cosmetic procedures, hair transplant requires delicacy and caring approach by both the patient and hair transplant specialist in its every step. Hair transplant recovery is very important for the sustainability of the results and the comfort of the patient.
The recovery processes of FUE and FUT techniques
The hair transplant recovery duration may change a little depending the on the preferred hair transplant technique; FUE hair transplant and FUT hair transplant have different recovery periods in terms of time and after-care instructions, although they are similar processes with the same target.
In FUT technique, the strip scar also needs to be taken care properly in the recovery process; since FUT hair transplant is a little more complicated and invasive process comparing FUE hair transplant technique, the recovery time of the FUT can be a little longer than FUE. There is no visible scar left after FUE and the discomfort on the hair transplant recovery process is also minimized.
Temporary side effects on recovery period
There are some short term side effects which can be seen in the healing period of hair transplant procedure. These side effects are temporary and it is very normal for patients to experience them. Among these short term and temporary side effects there are;
Most of these side effects will disappears within a week; some of them can be gone even in first three days.
Hair transplant recovery timeline includes a period called “shock loss”. After the hair transplant operation is done, patients usually experience shedding of their newly transplanted hair in 2 weeks up to 2 months; they may become very nervous by this and think that their hair transplant procedure was not successful. However, this phase is very normal and accepted as a natural part of the recovery process. After a few months your newly transplanted hair will start to grow again.
Shock loss is a natural part of the hair transplant recovery process; it does not happen to every patient but then again if it happens there is nothing to worry about it. Shock loss can be observed both after FUT and FUE procedures.
The significant point when these side effects are considered is to approach them properly. There will be hair transplant recovery instructions given by your hair transplant specialist; these instructions along with the special medication and shampoos are to comfort you on your hair transplant healing process and to achieve the best results. An inappropriate approach to the side effects may affect the healing process negatively.
Dos and don’ts in your hair transplant recovery
- There will be scabs on your scalp in your first 7-10 days; these scabs should not be interfered by the patient. The wounds will heal and the scabs will fall out by themselves in the first 10 days after your hair transplant operation.
- In the first week of hair transplant recovery, the transplant area should not be hit or rubbed.
- The prescribed medicine, shampoos and lotions should be used properly and the transplanted area should be kept moist.
- It is possible to get back to work and daily life routine the day after your operation. But although, you will feel good enough, resting is important after the operation; you should avoid excessive exercising at least for 20 days.
- Since you will be on some medication after the operation, you should avoid consuming alcohol until you stop taking your medication in order to avoid unwanted reactions.
- Blood thinners like Aspirin should be avoided in the first 10 days not to cause excessive bleeding.
- In the first month of your hair transplant recovery, you should not get sun exposure; your scalp will be sensitive to outside effects.
- The transplant area should not be shaved in the first month because it may harm the newly transplanted follicles.
- New hair should not be colored or bleached in first 3 months.
A properly applied post operation care supports the good results and smooths the hair transplant recovery process for the patient. Further information about the post-op care will be given by your hair transplant specialist and your medical consultant after your procedure.
When does the final results occur after hair transplant?
Approximately 8-12 months after the operation, your newly transplanted hair will get into the growth cycle and after that it will be just like your own natural hair. This time can extend until 18 months for the crown areas.
Tracking the Recovery Process: Take photos
Another important point about the hair transplant recovery process is to keep it under the control. Best way to do that is to follow your phases closely with pictures and videos.
After your hair transplant procedure, we advise you to take pictures of your scalp from each angle with a help of a mirror, selfie stick or a friend. Repeat this regularly in every certain amount of time; preferably in every 15 days. If you observe any unexpected changing or if you just want to be sure about whether the process is going well during hair transplant recovery, you can consult to your hair transplant specialist and medical consultant with these pictures.
In Monoplant Hair Clinic, we do not leave patients alone in any step of their hair transplant journey. In your early recovery phase in Turkey, you will be guided by experienced Mono Team. When you get back to your country after your operation, we will still be a call away from you; our medical consultants will be always ready to inform you and follow the rest of your hair transplant recovery process by the pictures and videos you will be sharing to them. In order to find out more about hair transplant procedures and package services, do not hesitate to contact us.