after hair transplant

After Hair Transplant

The after hair transplant period is one of the most frustrating for those candidates, who already decided on the surgery. We realize how you are excited. A few final steps are needed to reach your dream look. Yet, long recovery time is waiting for you. On this page we will share very detailed information answering the following questions: Why is this period so hard? What should be paid attention to? What are the care instructions?

Weekly and Monthly Progress After Hair Transplant

On this page, we will share information about the post hair transplant period starting immediately after the procedure and lasting 1,5 years. you will find answers to all your questions. Do not get disappointed because of the process being this long. The recovery period is individual for every patient, you will not face all of the described moments. We advise you to stay in touch with the clinic where you had your transplant made during this period. Let us study the post- hair transplant time day by day, week by week, and month by month.

Fist Days After the Hair Transplant (day 1-5)

You left the surgery room. You can move to your home or hotel. Grafts are implanted. The bandage will be applied to your nape to press your donor area (to avoid bleeding). Just implanted grafts are new and they look blooded. Fortunately, grafts dry fastly. There is no strong pain after the hair transplant. Even if some hurting occurs, a simple painkiller releases it. If possible, sleep on 2 pillows the first few nights. In some cases, patients face little bleeding in the donor area. This is normal. At AHD you will be provided a special sterile pillowcase. You will cover the pillow with it to avoid infections and sink.

Day 2-7 After the Hair Transplant

The bandage is taken off on the next day. As we do the transplant only by pen implanter, we do the first washing at our clinic (1st day after the procedure). Some clinics practicing the classic FUE do the first washing on the 3rd or 4th day after surgery. In our opinion, one of the advantages of the pen is that you should not wait 3-4 days. We strongly advise you to wash your hair after surgery for the first time at the place where you had the surgery. You can find more details on washing on the according page.

The most crucial time after the surgery is the first 48 hours. It is called epithelialization, you must be very careful with the grafts not to defect them. You should avoid nobs. Do not sleep faced-down. Sometimes, patients sweep the pillow by transplanted hair while sleeping. If there is bleeding in the morning, unfortunately, it means that the grafts fell out.

In 2-3 days after the surgery, you may face so-called oedema, the swelling. We described this complication on our page dedicated to the swelling after hair transplants. Swelling is a usual postoperative consequence, but some clinics miss to inform about it and patients get into a panic when it occurs. Its reason is the solution and anesthesia injected while the procedure. In the Dhi method, no solution is needed which is why swelling occurs slightly or absent at all.  If you face swelling, it will pass in 4-5 days.

You should wash your hair the way your head was washed at the clinic. Moreover, you can wash it 3-4 times a day during the summer. You should wear the hat that you will be given when going outside. It will camouflage the view and protect your hair from the direct sunlight. Safari type hats are ideal here. Do not pull the hat over the head, just gently put it on.

Day 7-10 Hair Transplant. Recovery Period

By this time the scabs will be cleaned because of periodical washing. Do not get upset if the scabs will still remain, the recovery period continues individually at each patent. You may have itching in the donor and recipient areas, this is completely normal. Scabs are not notable at all in female hair transplants or unshaven hair transplants because of the long hair.

A very fast recovery period is waiting for you right after the procedure. The first time after the hair transplants you will have scabs on the recipient area that will be cleaned by the 10th day. The donor area gets cured very fast as well. The grafts number extracted from the donor area should not be exaggerated. Additionally, the follicles must be collected homogeneously. If the surgery was made qualitatively and by thin punches, nobody will be able to recognize scars in the donor area. Moreover, people who did not see you for 10 days would not note that you underwent a hair transplant. They will see that you have shaved only. All in all, scabs cleaning lasts 10 days, and the appearance after it makes patients happy.

If any swelling occurs during this period, it must pass immediately. You may also have itching for 15-20 days.

Many of our patients are afraid to wash the head because they think that implanted hair may fall out. They just pour the water on the head and leave shower. If this is your case, get in touch with your clinic and ask them to help you to clean the scabs.

Day 15-20 After the Surgery.

Now a very frustrating period starts. This is shock loss. Patients do not want to accept hair loss after the transplant psychologically. We dedicated a whole article to the shock hair loss on our website.

The pain in the donor and recipient areas that may periodically occur passes completely.

In 15-20 days itching cuts down or disappears completely.

1st Months After the Hair Transplantation

With an increase of shock hair loss intensiveness, the patients’ mood goes down as well. Hair falls out very fast.

After one month your head skin may get a little red. The redness may last during 1st and 2nd months.

In the picture below you can see a patient on the 1st day after the hair transplant. On the 10th day,  and the state in 2 months after the shock loss.

period after the hair transplant

2nd and 3rd Months After the Hair Transplant

The shock loss usually finishes in 2 months. The unwanted look appears due to untidy falling out of the hair. There may be hair that does not fall out. They usually remain weak. Redness may continue.

Pimples may occur in the recipient area. Usually the reason is implant of the grafts deeper than supposed to be. If they are not spread intensively, there is no need for treatment.

Additionally, you may face flaking during 1-3 months after the surgery. If it is very intense, you can use shampoos including ketoconazol, such as Ketoral or Nizoral.

You may have random and untidy hair growing.

4th and 5th Months After the Hair Transplant

The very first hair starts growing in 4 months after the procedure. It is usually thin and weak. It may also be curly. The direction of hair may be chaotic. You can direct them properly massaging with your hands. Usually this period is also frustrating for the patients. Most of them wonder whether the transplanted hair regrows or not. By the end of 4th month only 30% of the hair grows.

By the end of 5th month the volume increases. Yet it is still not the desired level.

7th and 8th Months

By the 7th-8th months the hair grows intensively and gets stronger. Approximately 70%-80% of total hair regrows.

One Year After the Hair Transplant

95% of transplanted hair grows, becomes naturally-looking, and gets strong. The picture below shows before the hair transplant state, 10 days, 1 month, and 13 months after theresult.

10 days 1 month after fue hair transplant
hair transplant after 1 year

In the thread below you can see a 2 year period of a patient in 16 photos. These are: before the hair transplant, 2nd day after the procedure, 4th day, 10th day, 20th day, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 , 9 months after, and finally, 1 and 2 years results.

before hair transplant
hair transplant after 2 months
hair transplant after 7 months
2 days after hair transplant
hair transplant after 3 months
hair transplant after 8 months
4 days after hair transplant
hair transplant after 4 months
hair transplant 9 months
10 days after fue hair transplant
hair transplant after 5 months
hair transplant growth after 12 months
20 days after hair transplant
hair transplant after 1 months
hair transplant after 6 months
hair transplant after 2 years

18th Months (1,5 Years After the Procedure)

This is the maximum period to reach 100% result.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the nape numbness pass? The donor area may be numbed for sometime after the surgery due to injected anesthesia. This does not occur in every patient. Some patients, on the other hand, face it for 20-30 days. If the number of grafts is exaggerated, then the numbness lasts longer.
  • When Can I Start Sport After the Hair Transplant? This is one of the most asked questions among our patients. The most critical period after the procedure is the first week or 10 days. You are better to avoid heavy physical activities during this time. People doing body fitness are better to give a one month break. Especially, do not let your head sweat and avoid nobs
  • Does the Nape Hurt After the Hair Transplant? If Yes, When Does it Pass? Pain rarely occurs after the FUE hair transplants. It can start on the 2-3rd day after the procedure and last for one week. It can be reduced by simple painkillers. 
  • Can I Drink After the Hair Transplant? We advise you to not drink alcohol for 4-5 days after the procedure
  • When Can I Go to Hamam, Sauna, or Swim? You should stay away from these kinds of activities for 1 month after the surgery. Moreover, protect your head from direct sunlight.
  • When Can I Start Sexual Life After the Hair Transplant? There are no restrictions for sexual activity in one week after the operation.
  • What is the Sleeping Position After the Hair Transplant? The first days are very crucial. You should be very careful for the first 48 hours. We advise you to use 2 pillows. The travel pillow can serve you as additional support while sleeping. Do not sleep faced down. You can wipe out the implanted roots during this period.
  • Can I Use Toppic After the Hair Transplant? We advise our patient using toppic for 2 months after the surgery.
  • Can I Have the PRP Treatment After the Hair Transplant? There is no damage to PRP for the hair, on the contrary, it influences positively.
  • How Does the Redness Pass After the Hair Transplant? The hair transplant is a small medical intervention. There may be redness after the hair transplant. This is normal. Redness is also an individual complication and differs from person to person. It usually lasts from 15 days to one month. It is usually seen and continues longer in patients with light skin; approximately 3-4 months. To decrease redness, you should:

How Does the Redness Pass After the Hair Transplant?

The hair transplant is a small medical intervention. There may be redness after the hair transplant. This is normal. Redness is also an individual complication and differs from person to person. It usually lasts from 15 days to one month. It is usually seen and continues longer in patients with light skin; approximately 3-4 months. To decrease redness, you should:

  1. Wash your hair with warm water instead of hot
  2. Keep your head away from direct sunlight (take on the hat when going outside)

If you have very aggressive redness, then consult with your clinic. Sometimes redness progresses in the donor area too. Creams containing cortisone are pretty helpful. We do not advise you to apply any creams or take medication without consulting your doctor.

If you had the hair transplant from the beard, the redness passes faster (usually, recovers in 3-4 days). Following picture shows redness and pimples in the 2nd month after the procedure.

redness after hair transplant

Bad hair transplants also result in redness. Such complications as folliculitis or skin necrosis can develop in the recipient area. The reason for necrosis is the use of adrenaline in big volumes, which leads to poor blood circulation and nutrition deficiency. Permanent redness and color change may occur. Necrosis means a dead cell. Hair does not grow in that area. To prevent bleeding in channel method surgeries, doctors inject adrenaline that destroys the capillary vessels. As there is very little bleeding in pen implanter surgeries, no adrenaline is needed. This is why we have not faced necrosis yet. Unfortunately, if necrosis develops, the patient needs to amputate the area surgically. Patients are always unhappy with bad hair transplants or different complications, which is reasonable. In the pictures below you can see the necrosis developed in 2 patients who made the hair transplant in some local clinics.

necrosis hair transplant

When Does the Implanted Hair Grow?

First of all the implanted hair falls out. The very first hair starts growing in 4 months. It is very rare and untidy. By 6th month 50-60% comes out. After 7-8 months you will start liking your appearance. Finally, 95% of the hair regrows in one year.

Does the Implanted Hair Fall Out?

There is a false opinion that the implanted hair does not face loss. The most important point is to implant the strongest follicles, that is what we do. If the donor hair does not fall out, it will also remain the same on the recipient area. If in course of time the hair in the donor area gets weak and falls out, the same happens with transplanted grafts.

How are the Scabs Cleaned?

Scabs after the hair transplant is an ordinary consequence. Hair gets washed the first day after operation. Together with washing scabs get cleaned. In 8-10 days scabs can be cleaned completely by a little intense washing. We advise you to do the first washing at the clinic where you had the procedure done.

When Can I Have My Hair Cut After Surgery?

After the pen implanter operation hair in the donor and recipient areas gets recovered fastly. Once your scabs are cleaned, you can use a razor to shave the nape. As for the implanted hair, you should wait one month.

When Should I Wash the Hair After the Operation?

Usually, most clinics advise to wash the hair on the 3rd day after the FUE surgery. As for the Dhi, washing can be done the next day after the operation. The very first washing must be very gentle and careful.

Is the Any Nutrition Diet After the Hair Transplant?

You should eat the way you did before the procedure. There is no special diet. The most important is healthy food, which should be consumed during all lifetime. In short, there is no scientific information about special diets after this operation

Which Shampoo Should I Use After the Hair Transplant?

We advise you to use baby shampoo for one month. The difference between baby shampoo and regular one is that it does not contain chemicals. Later, you can continue with a regular shampoo. No brand is suggested.

When Can I Wear a Hat After the Hair Transplant?

We provide hats to our patients. You can start wearing it the next day. This hat looks vocational and it is easy to put on or take off. It is usually called a safari or cowboy hat. To wear a baseball hat we advise to wait until the scabs are cleaned.

How Can I Cope With Itching After Surgery?

Itching and natural sequence after the hair transplant. Do not try to scratch it with your nails. If you face strong itching, you must take anti-allergy medicine. Additionally, you can moisture the hair roots, this calms down. You must consult your operation doctor in case of strong itching.

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