Care

CareInstructions

Within 1-4 weeks after the surgery, the visible, upper part of the implanted hairs might fall off, but there is nothing to worry about, because the hair follicles remain in their place where they enter a dormant phase and in 5-6 months following surgery they start to grow; roughly 12 months after the surgery they catch up with those tiny hairs that did not fell off within 1-4 weeks after surgery and thus grew continuously.

BANDAGE

After the hair transplantation, we discharge our patients with a bandage on the back of their head This bandage will be removed after two days

SLEEPING

It is not recommended to lie and sleep on your face, because this position might cause the swelling of the face. For 3 days, sleep with your head elevated to 30°. Using more pillows or a raised bed is suitable for this. Inflatable neck pillows used on planes can help in the proper positioning of your head.

WOUND HEALING, SCARRING

1. Allow your head to ventilate freely, avoid anything that can block the way of the air.
2. After the surgery carry on a relaxing lifestyle, do not strain for at least 3 weeks.
3. Abstain from alcoholic beverages after surgery for at least 1-2 weeks.
4. Do not smoke after the surgery for at least 2 weeks.
5. Avoid any medication, which can affect the blood flow (eg. Aspirin).

PIMPLES (BLISTERS, CYSTS) OF THE SCALP

2-3 months following hair transplantation, in rare instances, small, swollen pimple-like cyst might appear around the hair follicles. In fact, small blisters are always formed in the 1st month following hair transplantations, because the new hairs grow and break through the layers of the skin. This process can easily be mistaken with an infection, although it is natural. In most cases, blisters open by themselves and disappear after a few days without medication. If bigger or more pimples occur, which are accompanied by redness, be sure to contact our doctors who will help you.

ITCHING

It is possible that after the hair transplantation, or with the growing of the implanted hair, an itchy sensation occurs in the implanted area and/or the donor area, which is part of the healing process, so there is no need to be worried. Dryness of the scalp might also promote itching. Scratching is prohibited, because this leads to the loss of the implanted hairs. Instead, we recommend using baby oil to relieve the symptoms. Itching is also a symptom of cureness.

REDNESS OF THE SCALP

Redness of the scalp might occur at the implanted area, which fades over time and disappears by itself. This redness is natural after such an intervention, so please do not worry.
Numbness might occur in the scalp around the implanted area. This numbness is however transitional and goes away within 6-8 weeks in most of the cases. In rare occasions numbness might last for a couple of months.

INFECTIONS

If the donor area becomes congested, swollen and sensitive, this might indicate infection. Fever or subfebrility might also be indicative of inflammation. If these symptoms occur, contact our clinic, and we will assist you. To prevent infection please follow these recommendations:

1. In the first week avoid dirty and dusty environments, which can be the source of infections.
2. Use the antibiotics that we gave you.
3. Keep the operated areas and its surrounding clean as we discussed in the previous sections.

SWELLING

In some cases, swelling around the forehead might occur on the 3rd and 4th. day after surgery, which generally lasts for 2-3 days only. This swelling might spread, which might cause the temporary swelling of the area around the eyes and the nose. In such cases, we recommend cold compression on the forehead, 2-3 times a day, for 15-15 minute,or an exercise is recommended by a doctor.

PAIN

In most cases, apart from some minor discomfort, severe pain is unusual. Some patients however, may experience headaches, especially near the donor area. In this case, use the provided or other over the counter painkillers. Please do not drive and operate machines, while taking pain medication.If it persist more consult to DOCTOR.

CRUST FORMATION

Crusts continuously fall off within a week or two after the surgery. It is important not to poke or rub these crusts. Following the instructions after surgery greatly reduces the chances of crust formation.

COMBING OF THE HAIR

Do not comb or brush your hair in the implanted area for 7 days after the operation. After this period, you might gently start combing your hair at the non-implanted areas, but it is very important not to touch, comb or brush the implanted areas even then. You can comb the donor area as soon as you wish, but avoid touching the skin.

ACTIVITY

It is best to relax on the day after the surgery. You are going to be tired of the operation and the given medication. If possible, spend this day at your home or in a calm environment relaxing. Focus on the given instructions and the regular showering of your head as described above. After this, you might gradually strain yourself and after 3 weeks you can fully return to your daily routine. It is recommended to completely refrain from smoking for a few weeks following surgery.

EXERCISE

For 3 weeks every sport, swimming,or hard work like gym is prohibited!

SUNBATHING

Do not expose the implanted area to direct sunlight for a month after the surgery. Even then it is necessary to avoid sunburn, thus we recommend the use of suntan oils of at least 15 factors. It is recommended to use a hat that protects from the sun, but besides is well ventilated and prevents the sweating of the scalp. When using a hat, it is important not to rub out the implanted hairs during put ons and take offs.