If you are concerned about hair loss, you are definitely not alone. There are nearly 35 million American men who suffer from some degree of hair loss. Two-thirds of all men will have some level of hair loss by the time they reach the age of 35. Nearly 85% of all men have seriously thinning hair by the time they get to the age of 50. It also takes a long time for the loss to be noticeable. A man can lose half of their hair before it is cosmetically visible. Many people who are upset with their hair loss have options and they are turning to newer hair replacement therapies such as the follicular unit extraction (FUE) method. This is a less traumatic procedure than some the preceded it. The need for scar revision is reduced with this procedure.
Tips for recovery from the FUE Hair Transplant:
Leave your hair alone the first day. The last thing you want to do is run home after a hair transplant surgery and wash your hair and scalp. This would also hurt a lot. The day after your hair transplant surgery, you should go back to your doctor’s office. At this visit, the medical staff will wash and dry your hair before your scalp is looked at by you doctor. You will be given very detailed instructions for how to care for your scalp that will go over everything you need to know about how to handle and care for your hair and scalp over the next four to six days. Depending on how it feels, you should be able to wash and dry your hair after seven days. Just be gentle with it.
Do not dye or perm your hair right away. If you like to chemically treat your hair, you should do that before your procedure. Make any appointments for this sort of thing at least seven days or more before your hair transplant procedure. You will have to wait at least a month afterwards. It would also be very painful to have this done right away when your scalp is raw and tender.
Take it easy after surgery. In the first place, this is a minor procedure but it is surgery. Your body needs its strength to heal. In the second place, strenuous activity makes you sweat and you do not want to do a lot of that right away. Most people do go back to work within a few days but it is important to relax. Use this as an excuse to pamper yourself and relax for a few days. Everyone can use some rest and relaxation every now and again.
You may want to wear a hat at first. Your scalp will be pink and there will be tiny scabs around it where the micro incisions were. This may make you feel self conscious. Many people feel better wearing a hat for the first five to seven days. That is also a good idea to keep the sun off of your scalp. The last thing you need is a sunburn right after you have had this surgery.
Try to be a little patient with the process. Your hair did not disappear overnight and it will not grow back overnight either. The process takes a bit for the hair to grow. Hair growth is cyclical. The grafts that were placed may not grow at the exact same rate. You should have real results by the eighth month following your procedure. By that time, about 90% of the new grafts should be growing. After they have had a chance to grow out completely, your hair should look totally natural.
While it does not happen every time, there are times when poor planning on the part of the physician who did he FUE transplant, technical problems that occurred during the surgery or other unforeseen problems cause problems and scar revision is needed after the transplant area has healed. Luckily, scar revision is possible. For people who are unhappy with the way their scalp has haled after this procedure, a qualified plastic surgeon can help with scar revision to achieve the desired results.