So, you’re considering a hair transplant. Or you’ve already scheduled a consultation. Great news – you’re one step closer to enjoying a fuller head of hair and looking like the best version of you!
With that in mind, post-transplant care is the best way to ensure the success of the surgery and minimize the risk of infection. Read on to learn some things you’ll want to avoid once you come home.
Driving – If your surgery was performed under strong sedation, avoid driving for the next 24 hours or as recommended by your surgeon. Plan to get a ride to and from your appointment.
Sleeping Flat – Sleep with your head elevated for the first 5 to 7 days after surgery to reduce the risk of swelling.
Ignoring Medication Labels – Whether prescription or over-the-counter, take all medications exactly as prescribed to mitigate infection risk and ensure accurate dosages. Follow precautions such as taking medication with food or not operating heavy machinery.
Forgetting RICE – We’re all familiar with the RICE technique (rest, ice, compression, elevate) to treat swelling and inflammation. When applying ice, do so for 15 to 20 minutes just above the eyebrows a few times a day until swelling and discomfort subside.
Washing Your Hair – Do not wash your hair for the first 48 hours post-transplant. You may gently wash your hair on the third day but do not stream water directly onto the scalp.
Dyeing Your Hair – The chemicals in hair dye can compromise the success of your procedure, so forego that experience for the first four weeks after your hair transplant. If you color your hair regularly, consider having it done shortly before surgery instead.
Sleeping on Your Stomach – Avoid rubbing your new hairline against a pillow for the first week after surgery. If you toss and turn in your sleep, try a weighted blanket or sleep on a recliner.
Getting Some Sun – Do not expose your scalp to direct sunlight for the first two weeks following a hair transplant, especially between the hours of 10AM and 2PM when the sun’s rays are strongest.
Exercising – Avoid rigorous exercise or any form of exertion that makes you sweat and increases heart rate in the days immediately following surgery. Keep your heart rate and blood pressure in a normal, safe range.
Drinking and Smoking – Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it dehydrates you. It can also elevate your blood pressure. Smoking also elevates blood pressure. Avoid both after surgery, and if possible, quit smoking at lease 30 days before.
Ignoring Diet – Nutrition is key in growing thick, healthy hair – transplant or not. Eat foods containing calcium, magnesium, protein, iron, biotin, protein, and more. Avoid soda, greasy food, baked goods, and food high in sugar.
Yes, there’s a lot to keep in mind both before and after hair transplant surgery, but the good and experienced folks at DiStefano Hair Restoration are here to guide you every step of the way. Take the next bold step and call today to schedule a FREE consultation.