A hair transplant is a cosmetic procedure that uses hairs growing from the patient’s scalp to cover bald spots on the scalp. This is a procedure you can consider if you are experiencing hair loss from medical or genetic causes, and it has come to the point where your natural hair cannot cover your bald patch. This article discusses the post-operative course that you would follow.

1. First Few Days

After your hair transplant, you may need to take a mild painkiller. You must relax and sleep after your procedure. Avoid strenuous exercise for the first two days. Do not smoke and avoid alcohol use. Your hair transplant doctor will advise you accordingly.

2. Visit the Hair Transplant Clinic

Visit your hair transplant clinic for a check-up to ensure that you are healing properly. A biopsy might be done to ensure that there is no infection. Your doctor will carefully examine your scalp and another biopsy if needed. Your doctor will also look at the donor area to decide how many grafts should be used.

3. Check Your Scalp

Check your scalp for any irregularities or swelling. If there are any areas where the transplanted hair does not look healthy, or if you see signs of infection, contact your doctor immediately.

4. Walking

You may return to work on the third-day post-procedure. However, this will depend on your hair transplant doctor’s advice as he will know more about your case. You may need to avoid heavy work with your head. You must keep your scalp clean and avoid scratching it. Shower as frequently as possible to keep it clean. If you are walking a long distance in the sun, use sunscreen.

5. Shampooing

Shampoo your hair with a mild, non-irritating shampoo after the first few days of your hair transplant procedure. This will keep any irritation at bay. Your hair transplant doctor will instruct you on how often you should shampoo.

6. Avoid the Sun

Avoid the sun till your hair transplant has grown to a certain length. If you have to be outdoors, wear a broad-brimmed hat or use sunscreen. Be careful with tanning, as this may increase chances of infection.

7. Avoid Strenuous Work

Avoid strenuous work for the first three months after surgery. Your work will gradually increase as your hair transplant grows. But for now, avoid strenuous exercise

8. Sleep

It is recommended to get eight hours of sleep a day. Avoid working on the same day you wake up, which may cause fatigue. If you fall asleep before sunrise, wake yourself up gently to avoid disorientation. Follow a healthy diet and eat regularly.

You should not try to rush the process. Please speak with your hair transplant surgeon about what will be required of you, and follow his instructions carefully. Be patient and allow your hair transplant to grow for the best results.