Once you have made the decision to undergo hair transplant surgery and you have identified your surgeon and the transplant method, you may find that you have a few questions regarding the post-surgery recovery. We have put together an outline of what to expect after your hair transplant procedure to put your mind at ease. 
The day of the surgery 
 
We would recommend that you are collected from our clinic by a friend or family member, as you may be feeling a little tired and possibly drowsy following a sedative. When going to bed at night, be sure to sleep on an extra pillow or two in order to keep the head elevated to help any swelling to go down. Keep this up for the next few nights. 
 
The day after surgery 
 
You may very carefully remove your dressing, and gently shampoo your head with shampoo provided by our clinic in order to remove any traces of dried blood. The donor area may feel a little sore with a sensation of tightness, but this is perfectly normal and will disappear after two or three days. 
 
The week after surgery 
 
During the days following your operation, try to shower twice a day, gently shampooing the affected area. Don’t brush or style your hair as you need to ensure the grafts are given opportunity to set into place. Avoid drinking alcohol for at least 3 days post-op, and smoking for around two weeks. Any swelling which may have occurred across the forehead or the bridge of the nose should have subsided, but if you are worried at all, please do contact our clinic. 
 
 
The fortnight after surgery 
 
Any crusting which may have developed in the transplanted area should now start to rub off from the twice daily shampooing. Sutures in the donor area will now either be dissolved or can be removed at the clinic. You might find that the hair which has been transplanted starts to shed, but don’t worry, this is part of the natural hair cycle. 
 
The month after surgery 
 
Now that the scalp has healed you can go ahead and have your hair cut, styled and dyed to your desired look. Continue to avoid any strenuous exercise or activity which may put pressure on the back of your scalp for another month or so. 
 
The six months after surgery 
 
Any hair that was shed from the transplanted area in the initial weeks after the surgery will grow back during this period, the hair will thicken and grow and you may notice a difference in the texture of the hair. The donor area will have grown back to its normal density. 
 
One year after surgery 
 
The results of the surgery will be much more obvious and you can take great pride in your crowning glory! 
 
If you have any questions related to your hair transplant surgery or if you would like to find out the difference between the two main techniques used, FUE and FUT, please contact our clinic on 08000443917. 
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