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Hair transplant recovery

When you leave the office, you may have a headband and bandages around your head to protect the donor site. Sometimes, no bandage is needed. The majority of patients have little trouble sleeping the first night, and any discomfort can be relieved with medications. Patients having second and third procedures sometimes have a little more postoperative discomfort.

Some patients find it convenient to return to the doctor the next day to have their dressings removed and their hair washed. Some are instructed to remove their own dressings if they live a long distance from the office and some physicians don't even use dressings. You won't need any kind of bandage after this point, and the grafts won't usually be very obvious, other than some redness and/or crusting. Any shampooing you do should be done gently. Scabbing can last roughly 10 days. You should stay out of the sun, and if you live or work in an environment that's dusty or dirty, you should wear a cap. The doctor will recheck you in about l0 days to remove stitches or staples from the donor area. After the first month you may see about a quarter inch of hair growth, but it's just as likely that the hair may go into a dormant period for about two to three months after surgery, and then start growing again. This is normal, and doesn't mean that the transplant didn't "take." It's hard to kill those hair transplants; they are tough. At about four months, you will often see a quarter to a half inch of hair. The hair may gradually thicken and strengthen over a period of about 12 months.

Risks

Many people may assume hair transplantation is an easy procedure with little or no risk. However, as with any medical procedure, complications can and do occur. The possible risks associated with hair transplant are noticeable scarring, infection, numbness or significant pain, poor or no growth of grafts, temporary or permanent loss of existing or transplanted hair, unnatural appearance of transplanted hair, or swelling of the forehead and/or face. This last problem can last several weeks, and occurs in about five percent of patients. Note that one hair transplant surgery may affect the patients ability to ever wear a very short or shaved hairstyle due to the scar at the back of the head from where the grafts were obtained. Other complications not listed here may also occur. You should ask your doctor for more information on these risks and consider them carefully when making your decision regarding hair transplantation.


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