How long does it take to recover from a hair transplantation procedure?
Typically, you can return to work within one to two days after your hair transplantation surgery, although some patients choose to take more time off work. The time you will need to take off may depend on the type of work you do. Your surgeon will let you know how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work.
Your surgeon will also give you and your caregiver detailed instructions about your postoperative care after your surgery, including information about:
- Hair care
- Typical symptoms you will experience
- Potential signs of complications
For the best results, you should follow all the patient care instructions your surgeon provides.
What can I expect during my hair transplantation recovery?
- Your surgeon may give you dressings for your scalp, which you will likely need to wear for at least two days.
- Your scalp will be very sensitive, so your surgeon may prescribe pain medication to take the week following your surgery.
- Your surgeon may give you antibiotic medicine to reduce the chance of infection.
- If you experience extreme or long-lasting pain or notice redness and swelling, contact your surgeon.
- After a short time or sometimes right after surgery, your hair grafts will fall out and not regrow for approximately three months. This is a completely normal process and will allow new hair to grow in its place. The new hair should look fuller and more natural.