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Hair Transplant Recovery: What to Expect and How to Take Care of Your New Hair

Hair Transplant Recovery

Losing your hair as you grow older is common, but it can have an impact on your mental health. The way you look changes, and it may seem like it’s out of your hands – but it doesn’t have to be. Choosing the best hair transplant turkey means you can restore both your hairline and your confidence with a safe and simple procedure. Read on to find out more about what to expect when recovering from this procedure and how to take care of your new head of hair.

Who can benefit from a hair transplant?

Hair transplants are an option for those that suffer from male pattern baldness – hair loss that runs in the family and is passed down by genetics. This type of baldness often happens with thinning to the temples and crown, to begin with, along with a receding hairline. Hair transplants often work best for these patients and can be used as a permanent way of restoring hair and recreating a hairline that has recently been lost through genetics and ageing.

Unfortunately, hair transplants are not an option for those that have lost their hair due to alopecia, as this is an auto-immune disease. The candidate must have healthy hair follicles that can be used as a donor area, in which the surgeon can take follicles and implant them into the balding site. If a patient does not have this, the transplant will not be successful. 

Types of hair transplant

There are a few different types of hair transplant to choose from – although this may change depending on the surgeon you choose. Here are a few of the most popular procedures that you can choose from for the best results. 

• FUE transplant:

This stands for follicular unit extraction and is the process of taking follicles from a donor site, harvesting them, and implanting them one by one to create your new head of hair. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that results in a great, permanent new style.

• DHI transplant:

Direct hair implantation sees your surgeon creating channels in your scalp whilst also implanting your follicles from the donor site at the same time, this saves time and makes the procedure more efficient.

• Afro hair transplant:

If you have afro hair, you can benefit from a hair transplant, the results can look great as the texture and curls in the hair covers more of your scalp for a fuller result.

What to expect in recovery?

A hair transplant is a type of surgery, and although minimally invasive, it’s always best to know what to expect immediately after and in the longer term after your procedure. Here is a rundown on what to expect when you’ve undergone your surgery, so you can take it all in your stride. 

Immediately post-transplant

After your procedure takes place, you will be bandaged and will need to take care of your new transplanted hair as it will not be secure. You should be able to return to work around 3 days after the procedure, and when the bandages are removed, you should be careful not to touch the grafts. Day 6 is the first day that you will be able to wash your hair yourself, and in the next few days following, you can have your dissolvable stitches removed. A few weeks after the transplant, your hair may start to fall out – this is normal and from here, it will start to grow back. 6 – 12 months is when you’re likely to see your new hair grow and take on the style you’re hoping to achieve. From here, you can take care of your new hair as you normally would! 

Side effects

Whilst having a hair transplant is safe, there are a few side effects that it’s worth being aware of. After your hair transplant, you may have to deal with a tight, swollen scalp for a few days, but this is normal. You also may have a bit of scabbing, and tiny scars when your transplant has just healed. It’s uncommon, but in extreme cases, sometimes you may suffer bleeding or infection – but this is just a small risk.

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