Life after a hair transplant will change a bit, besides your full head. If one needs to prepare prior to it, there is a need to prepare for the changes afterward as well. Going back to work will also pose some challenges. Here is how to deal with the after-effects of this hair loss treatment.
Hair transplant procedure
FUE procedure works towards building a natural looking appearance. The procedure involves the transplant of individual hair follicles from the donor area to the recipient area. These follicles are readied for transplant to the recipient area. This process is carried out under the guidance of the microscope.
The aftercare process
The doctor will let you know the personalized aftercare program. It will comprise of a course of antibiotics which is usually for a duration of 2-3 days. The course will ensure that you remain free of any infection. Optional medication to reduce the swelling will also be prescribed.
You will be prescribed a special shampoo which will help in taking care of the scalp in the postoperative stage. You will have to especially careful about –
1. 7-14 days of rest and off from work, depending on the size of the operated area and the pace of your healing.
2. No swimming for a fortnight, especially in swimming pools as they have strong chlorine content.
3.No exposure to direct sunlight for the first 14 days after the procedure. If going out is unavoidable , wear a hat.
4. No consumption of alcohol for at least 7 days after the treatment.
5. Keeping the area clean with the use of the aftercare shampoo.
Keeping it clean will reduce the chances of infection. The scabs will form for a few days but will fall off after drying. Be careful about not scratching the area as it might lead to infection.
Returning to work
We have already told you to avoid working for a period of 1 -2 weeks. The number of days can vary according to the size of the area operated and the ability of the individual to heal. Every individual has a different capacity to heal. While some people heal quickly, some may take more time. The doctor will tell you how many days will it take for you to heal according to your healing pattern.
You will be required to spray your scalp with water every half an hour for the first few days. This might be a hassle if you start working the next day.Joining early will also give away the fact that you had a transplant done. The scalp will be red and swollen due to the shaving of the hair done for the procedure. Two weeks times is ideal for hiding the fact that you underwent a transplant.You will be delighted to see the new hair after a period of 6 months. It will surely change the way you look.