Hair transplants can change your life for the better, but there are certain things that you need to do post-transplant to achieve your desired results. Below are seven important steps you should do after your hair transplant!
Your hair transplant specialist with prescribe you pain medication, but most patients don't need to take anything after one to two days. Sleeping medication is advised for first three nights so you can have a calm sleep. Sleeping with your head elevated on two to three pillows during the first week will help prevent swelling.
PINK SHAMPOO & CRUSTS:
Regular cleaning of the hair is essential after the surgery. Most people think that by cleaning your hair you'll interfere with the grafts, however, if it's done correctly, it's very rare that you'll dislodge the grafts. Shampooing will aid in removing oil, blood and dirt and will gently move the scabs or "crusts" that have formed over the recipient sites; these crusts should be gone within 2-3 weeks.
ITCHING GOES IF YOU SPRAY:
It's vital that you keep the donor and recipient areas moist to prompt healing. Spray the grafts several times a day with a saline solution to help in this process. During the first few days following your hair transplant, you may notice a lot of itching in the donor and recipient areas. Do not scratch the donor site no matter how itchy it is because this can cause some trauma.
SHEDDING OF PLANTED HAIR:
One of the most misunderstood aspects of the hair transplant procedure is the shedding that occurs with the new hair. Most patients do not hear or are not told by their hair transplant specialist, that the majority of the newly transplanted hairs will, in fact, fall out, within the first eight weeks.
Patients are often upset to see that the stubble they have been proudly nurturing several times a day is now becoming sparse. The hairs start to return from about 3 to 4 months postoperatively; initially, they will form as finer hairs and gain diameter and length as their hair growth continues. At the end of the first year, the "new" hairs should be as healthy as your natural hairs. These hairs will also grow in length at the same rate as your normal hairs, which is about 1 1/2 inches every month.
YOUR NEW HAIR LOOKS DIFFERENT!
Often, there will be some textural change in the transplanted hair. It sometimes becomes curlier than it was, or even for some, somewhat wiry.
NUMBNESS AND PAIN
The discomfort and associated numbness in the donor area usually decrease rapidly over the first 3 to 4 days; most of the soreness and numbness is gone at one week. Numbness to a lesser degree may last 6-12 weeks.
WHEN DO I EXPECT GROWTH?
Many patients will experience good coverage in just several months, following their hair transplant. The full cosmetic effect of the hair transplant may not be noticeable for up to one year. For more information on hair transplants look up hair replacement clinic for Brisbane area and get advise from the hair transplant experts.