HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR HAIR TRANSPLANT GRAFTS
You have invested time and money in your grafts. To ensure optimum results,please follow these instructions carefully. If you have any urgent worries or problems, please contact us first if possible. In an emergency, we do carry mobile phones and have an answering machine but if you feel you need medical assistance immediately, then please seek advice from your local GP or casualty department. However, most problems are simple and part of the normal recovery process. Please ‘phone us during working hours on 0090 545 541 61 66 and there will be staff who can assist you.
Days of Procedure.
You may wear a baseball cap or similar to go home but not a tight fitting or woolly hat. We will show you how to put it on but once it is in place, do not put it off again or keep straightening it, as your scalp will still be numb from the local anaesthetic and it is very easy initially to dislodge or damage grafts without comprehending it. When you get home, we suggest that you take off the cap, slowly and carefully, while watching in the mirror.
You may need to take paracetamol or ibuprofen for the first 24-48 hours. When the local anaesthetic has reduced, your donor site is likely to feel tight and sore. You will benefit from taking the painkillers regularly, every four to six hours, for the first 24 hours or so, as these painkillers will reduce the discomfort to a minimum. You should not drink alcohol,smoke for the first 24 hours as this “thins the blood” and may cause minor bleeding. You may experience slight spotting of blood from the donor site after the procedure, but this condition is not unusual and you should simply press firmly on the area for 5 minutes with the clean swabs provided.
The area planted after hair transplantation is not covered with any dressing but left uncovered. During the first week after hair transplantation, accessories such as hats, bonnets, etc. should not be put on. Take the first 2 days and the patient should be half-fit to prevent swelling in the face area. It is also important that the patient should not bend his head for the first 1 to 2 days for any reason. In this case, the blood circulation will be downward and the region may suffer discomfort. Since hair follicles are nourished by blood, any activity that will accelerate circulation should be avoided. Among these activities are sports, heavy work tempo, sexual intercourse ,heavy house work.
The crusting starts from the 3rd day and starts to fall completely as soon as it is washed.
You can use twice a day antibiotics for 7 days. If you have any pain you can take one painkiller. You can use Prednol twice a day, for 3 days.We can tell you how you can use the pills.
First day is the first morning after the procedure (i.e. approx 15 -20 hours after it is finished).
Your donor site will be a little aching. Avoid scratching or picking the crusting on your scalp. We will renew your dressing. We will take action wherever you want,. It takes 5 minutes. It would be better to do the operation quickly at the hotel to avoid moisture.You may get some forehead or eyebrow swelling over the next few days. This is normal and is to be expected. This can be reduced by “taking it easy.”
Second morning, you can now get your hair wet. Stand under a gentle, warm shower for three minutes, letting the water soak the crusts but do not scratch or use shampoo just yet. Leave your hair to dry naturally, using your fingers to style it, dabbing gently with a soft towel. DO NOT RUB! You can do this twice a day for 3 minutes a time. Any forehead swelling will peak now and disappear over the next few days.
Second night, this is the first time you can wash your head with shampoo. Again, soak your hair for at least five minutes then put some shampoo in the palm of your hand and then gently put this on the top of your head, letting the lather run over your head and slowly moving it over the whole head. The foam will wait 15 minutes.Once a day,leave for 15 minutes and wash off, as above.
Days 3 – 10
You should now be shampooing daily with a mild shampoo such as Neutrogena or Seba Med. You should apply the shampoo to the back or sides of the head, away from your grafts and gently work into a lather. You should then gently allow the soapy suds to run onto the grafts. Do not be tempted to pick at the crusts but don’t be surprised if some of the graft hairs come away with the loose crusts. This is completely normal. As it helps to speed up the healing process ,this should be performed daily.
The donor area should now be getting well fast. Many patients find the donor site more comfortable. You should avoid heavy lifting or exercise until at least two weeks is up and only exercise fairly gently for the first four weeks.
Day 14 – Six Months
Donor area feels comfortable then it is a good time to have a haircut but not too short to begin with i.e. not less than electric clipper setting “4”. Over the next six months, the individual hairs will start growing through, getting longer each day. It is important to sense that the hair doesn’t appear “all at once” but is a gradual , random process, maximum results are obtained by 24 months. When all the hair has grown to a reasonable length you can treat your hair normally – washing, drying, dyeing, cutting etc.
It is normal not to see any growth at all before three months and it often takes six to nine months before thick growth comes through. It is also common for the transplants to initially grow for a few weeks, then shedding later at 4 weeks, before regrowing.
We would like you to return for review at 12 months to check on growth, results and satisfaction. We will compare your before and after photos and discuss any future hair restoration requirements. This review is compulsory but if it is difficult for you to get to see us, then please keep us informed by telephone or post or email photos over.