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Hair Transplant Recovery Time and Tips

Sear Banerjee Hair Transplant

Hair transplant recovery is something you should be wary of after the completion of the transplantation process. Though most hair transplant organizations cater scientific post-transplant support to their clients, their offerings may not be up to the mark. 

Every individual needs recovery assistance after a hair transplant because the transplant process is pretty hefty. Especially, individuals with underlying conditions need special care to avoid adverse post-transplant recovery. 

You must dive deep into the hair transplant recovery process to remain on the safer side. Also, acquiring detailed information on the recovery process helps you seek the best post-transplant support. This blog is going to present some effective recovery tips after a hair transplant while giving an insight into the duration of recovery. 

How Long Is the Hair Transplant Recovery Time?

Are you freaking out because your scalp has swollen after a hair transplant? Scalp redness and swollen scalp are pretty common after hair transplant and that’s where post-hair-transplant assistance comes to play. 

The recovery time after a hair transplant depends upon several factors, including the hair transplant duration, the patient’s condition, and many more. Keeping all these into consideration, you can expect the recovery time to be somewhere between 10-14 days. 

Most dermatologists and hair transplant experts suggest taking post-transplant care for at least a few weeks after a transplant. 

Your scalp may need more time to get rid of the aforementioned post-transplant effects if the transplantation process takes longer in your case. Also, your pre-existing health conditions may delay the recovery span. However, the recovery time won’t exceed the span of 20 days anyhow. 

How Many Sessions Meet Your Expectations?

A single transplant session takes around 3-4 hours based on the efficiency of the transplant expert and the usage of advanced devices. Reportedly, 2000-6000 hair grafts can be transplanted in a single session and most individuals need at least 3-4 sessions to achieve a full-hair head. 

This is an estimated number obviously. You may need more sessions if your bald area is too wide or there’s too less hair on your head. 

The Process After Hair Transplant

You should know about the post-hair-transplant measures precisely to take proper care of your scalp after the transplant. The recovery process after a hair transplant mainly consists of two factors- washing and protecting your scalp. 

After you undergo a transplant, the hair-washing process doesn’t remain the same as before. The following points will elaborate on how to wash your hair after a transplant to wash off the scabs. 

  • Firstly, doctors recommend using special medical shampoos for washing hair after transplants. General shampoos contain chemicals that may turn out harmful to the scalp after a transplant. 
  • Prior to shampooing, it’s essential to moisturize the scabs by applying a doctor-prescribed lotion or gel all over your head. After applying, let it be for around 15-20 mins. 
  • As scabs across your scalp get softened due to the moisturizer, you should apply warm water and the doctor-prescribed shampoo to wash off the scabs and clean up your scalp. 
  • After the washing procedure, you must dry your scalp using a paper towel. Nothing else should be used to dry the scalp as that can be harmful. You must be very gentle while drying your scalp and you must pat the towel all over your scalp instead of rubbing it. This routine continues until your scalp returns to its normal state. 

Hair transplant experts also recommend changing sleeping positions to make sure that the recipient areas don’t swell more. You may be advised to sleep while having your head a little elevated to get rid of excessive swelling. Also, you may have to use medical pillows to ensure a faster recovery. 

Patients shouldn’t touch the recipient areas of their scalps too often after the transplants and this restriction should be maintained for at least a week after hair transplant. Also, it’s advisable to avoid direct exposure to sunlight for at least 10 days after an implant to avoid further complications. 

You must adhere to these specific guidelines after a transplant to make your recovery process way faster and safer. 

Hair Growth Phase After Hair Transplant

Hair growth after a hair transplant is what most individuals are keen on. It’s quite natural for you to wait eagerly to see new hair growth all over your scalp after a transplant. 

After dealing with embarrassment due to baldness for quite a while, it’s an overwhelming feeling to see new hair growing indeed. You can expect to witness this change within just a few days. 

Graft Growth

When we refer to hair growth post-hair transplant, it actually means graft growth. The hair grafts that are implanted on your scalp grow with time after a hair transplant. In this section, we will discuss different phases of hair growth after hair transplant

1-6 Days After the Operation

The initial days after hair transplantation are for the hair grafts to become secure on your scalp. In other words, the hair grafts start healing in these 6-7 days and this is the phase when you need to take the best care of your scalp. 

During this phase, the hair grafts get rooted inside your scalp more strongly and the scabs will get washed off gradually as you keep washing your hair. 

7-10 Days After The Operation

The post-transplant care needs to be done consistently for at least 14 days after transplant. According to experts, there won’t be scabs on your scalp at all during the phase from the 7th to the 10th day after the operation. In this phase, your scalp will become clean. 

1-3 Months After The Operation

As 1-3 months pass after the operation, you can expect new fine hairs to grow slowly. The new hairs that grow on your scalp during this phase are not likely to be more than 1 cm-1.5 cm. Statistically, 10-20% of hair growth occurs during this phase. 

5-6 Months After The Operation

As you step on to the 5th or 6th month after a hair transplant, you can expect your hair to grow and thicken rapidly. From this phase, the hair stands start growing 1-2 cm per month, which is the standard hair growth rate in ordinary people. 

8-10 Months After The Operation

This phase is for the rapid and normal growth of your implanted hairs. By this time, your hair volume increases, and your hair also becomes dense. Statistically, around 80% of hair growth happens during this phase. 

1 Year Post-Operation

100% of hair growth is expected to happen as a year passes after you undergo a hair transplant. You can expect shiny, thick, and healthy hair all over your scalp after a year of undergoing a transplant. 

What To Do After The Hair Transplantation Surgery?

Having a detailed knowledge of what to do after a hair transplantation surgery is quintessential to being safe. As you have read the blog so far, you must have understood the aspects you need to take care of after a transplant. We have described the basics of post-transplant haircare all ready to help you in the best possible way. 

How DHI Can Help?

DHI, as an organization, has an impressive customer satisfaction ratio of 99%, and that states it all about how good our post-transplant care is. Also, we ensure a 97% graft survival rate, which is way higher than the industry average. 

We take our clients through 18 pre-transplant medical checkups to ensure that they don’t get into trouble during or after a transplant. All these facilities have helped us become the best hair transplant organization out there. 

Wrapping Up

This blog contains vital information about hair transplant recovery and we have shared scientific and doctor-approved tips to help our readers. Faster recovery is possible if you take the necessary care after a hair transplant. 

So, put your knowledge to work and integrate the given tips in your post-transplant care to pace up the hair regrowth process. Lastly, never try anything without professional advice as that might impact your scalp pretty negatively. 

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