In order to secure the grafts firmly in place, it is extremely important to take proper post-op care of the transplanted site during the following weeks after surgery. Appropriate care of the recipient site after surgery promotes faster healing, makes hair transplant less noticeable, and minimizes crusting.
At MedLinks, we advise patients to stay in bed and take good rest after the repair hair transplant as the medications given during the procedure will cause some tiredness. While you can remove your surgeon’s cap and bandana, it is advisable to continue wearing the headband.
For the first 10 days post-surgery, it is important that you are gentle while rinsing or shampooing the transplanted site, and strictly avoid any rubbing, scratching, or picking in the area, as this may dislodge the transplanted grafts.
On many occasions, patients get worried when they experience hair shedding a few days after the surgery. It is important to remember that this is a completely normal process which usually occurs around 1-2 weeks following the surgery. Also when these hairs shed, there is a possibility of crust formation at the top and bulb at the bottom. However, this shedding of the hair, crust, and bulb does not represent a lost graft. A lost graft will be accompanied by bleeding at the site. So if you don’t experience any bleeding the first few days following the procedure, there’s nothing to be worried about.
For the first 1-2 weeks post-surgery, we advise patients to apply an ointment upon patting the transplanted site dry after a shower. Patients should reapply this ointment in moderation throughout the day whenever they feel any dryness in the sutured area.
In case bleeding occurs in the transplanted site or sutured area, you can use a dry cloth and apply direct pressure until bleeding stops. If bleeding doesn’t stop, please contact us at the earliest.
We strictly recommend patients to avoid the use of any hair coloring agents or hair sprays for at least 2 weeks post-surgery.
Swelling post-surgery is normal and usually occurs in the eyelid and lower forehead area around 3-4 days after the procedure. While some patients get worried seeing the swelling, it is important to know this swelling is harmless, requires no special treatment, and gets resolved by itself within a day or two. However, if you experience any pain, chills, tenderness, or fever along with the swelling, please contact us at the earliest.
As the small nerve endings in the skin are cut during the process of creating recipient sites and harvesting donor grafts, it is possible for patients to experience some numbness or tingling sensations on their scalp. However, this numbness usually disappears as soon as the nerve endings regrow and shouldn’t be a cause of concern.
Our qualified surgeons recommend certain medications which help patients to tackle any discomfort or pain arising as a result of the surgery. Patients may be required to take sleeping medications, as well as medications for pain, swelling, itching, etc. so that they experience least discomfort during their post-op period.
Some of the other post-surgery restrictions patients must follow include:
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