Tips for Hair Transplant Recovery

man touching hairSo, you just got a hair transplant! How exciting! Soon, you won’t have to wear a hat all the time to hide your receding hairline or bald spot. It is important to remember that a hair transplant is still a medical procedure, so there are some things you need to do to make sure recovery goes smoothly.

The first week is crucial to ensure that the implanted hairs settle and regrow properly. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) transplants are the most minimally invasive hair transplant method today and after 5 to 7 days, the swelling and redness will go down but it is important to leave the treated area alone.  You’ll probably want to touch your new hair line and run your hands through it but you must resist the urge! Giving the hairs time to settle and for the roots to lock in is very important. Avoid wearing hats, helmets and do not brush or comb your hair unless your doctor says it is ok.

Sleeping can be difficult the first couple of weeks. To keep the swelling at a minimum, keep your head elevated. It is also a good idea to sleep in an upright position so the transplant area does not get damaged while you are rolling around in your sleep.

Exercising will need to be paused during the recovery period. While it is strange to be told not to exercise, there is a good reason! Sweat and moisture can lead to infection more easily. There are many tiny open wounds during a hair transplant so keeping the area dry is important. You will also want to avoid saunas, steam rooms and even excessively spicy foods that can make you sweat.

Smoking and drinking during recovery is also not a good idea.  You may want to go out and celebrate your new hair with a drink but alcohol can affect your blood and the healing process.

Please remember that these are general guidelines to follow. It is important to consult your surgeon and follow their instructions carefully.

For more information on post-op recovery tips, please contact us at 800-785-HAIR (4247) or schedule a free consultation with us by visiting