For our patients in Boston, hair loss treatment can have a significantly positive impact on their quality of life. Through hair transplantation, we can restore a patient’s hair and confidence in his or her overall appearance. Sadly, men and women with hair loss often experience self-esteem issues. Losing your hair can be devastating. Indeed, it is common for our Boston hair transplantation patients to express feelings of embarrassment over their appearance because of hair loss. Fortunately, for patients with hair loss in Boston, hair transplants can restore a full head of hair! Imagine, for a moment, never again having to cover your head to hide your hair loss, never having to style your hair a certain way to conceal your hair loss, and never again feeling anxious in professional or social settings because of your hair loss. Chances are, you have imagined those scenarios many, many times. By undergoing hair loss treatment that is customized to your unique hair restoration needs, you do not have to imagine a head full of hair… you can make it a reality! If you have ever felt depressed, anxious, angry, or embarrassed because of hair loss, we can help.
What to Expect after Undergoing Hair Transplantation
It is normal to feel both a little nervous and excited about undergoing hair transplantation. You may be anxious about how you will look immediately after surgery and whether you will be in pain. To help put your mind at ease, we have composed a list of hair transplant recovery tips.
Follow All Pre-operative and Post-operative Instructions
While this may seem obvious, it is vital to the outcome of your hair transplant surgery that you diligently follow all pre-operative and post-operative instructions. During your pre-surgical consultation, we will discuss all pre-operative and post-operative instructions in great detail. The best and easiest way to ensure optimal results is by carefully following all instructions given to you by our qualified, skilled Boston hair transplant surgeons.
Bring a Baseball Cap
Because the hair grafts will be visible immediately after your surgery, we recommend that you bring a baseball cap to wear. You may wear a loose fitting baseball cap any time after undergoing the hair transplant procedure. We suggest that you leave the back of the cap unfastened in order to prevent damage to the hair grafts.
Avoid the Sun
It is important that you avoid direct sunlight for the first two weeks after your hair transplant surgery.
Shampooing and Drying Your Hair
You will not be allowed to wash your hair for one to two days after your hair transplant procedure. For the first two weeks after the procedure, you may only wash your hair by pouring warm water over your hair and gently patting shampoo onto your hair. You will not be allowed to scrub your hair or put your hair directly under running water. We also recommend that you allow your hair to air dry.
You should expect small scabs to form on the scalp at the graft sites. While you may have a strong urge to touch or scratch these scabs, it is important that you don’t touch or pick at the scabs. The scabs will naturally begin to fall off four to 14 days after surgery. Picking, scratching, and touching these scabs can interfere with the healing process and negatively affect the results of your hair transplant.
To promote healing, it is important that you take all prescribed and recommended medications as directed. All antibiotics, pain medication, and other recommended medications should be taken the same time every day until no longer needed or until you have taken the last dose (such as with antibiotics). Medication will be prescribed to help prevent infection, reduce swelling, and manage pain after surgery.
It can be difficult to sleep during the early stages of the hair transplant recovery process. Sleeping upright for the first few days after surgery will help reduce swelling. Some patients find it helpful to wear a surgical cap while sleeping.
Getting Enough Rest
You should refrain from engaging in strenuous activities for the first two weeks after surgery. It is important to remind yourself that you are recovering from surgery and need extra rest.