Hair Restoration Care: Healthy Hair Pre and Post Procedure

Hair Restoration Care: Healthy Hair Pre and Post Procedure

by | Jan 9, 2024 | FAQs and Common Concerns, Hair Care Tips, Self-Confidence and Appearance

 

Introduction

Do you not feel like yourself or not have as much confidence as you used to? You’re not alone in this feeling, hair is a make or break for many people on how confident they feel. Some people can accept they’re bald or balding, but for others they don’t feel themselves without healthy hair. If you feel this way, you’re just like the hundreds of thousands of others also considering hair restoration.

If you are going to go through hair restoration, you’re going to want to understand the proper pre and post hair transplant care to ensure your new healthy hair has the best success of growing. The success of a hair restoration not only depends on the surgical procedure itself, but also on the care and maintenance before and after the transplant.

Hair restoration surgeries involve transplanting hair follicles from a donor area to a recipient area, resulting in natural-looking hair growth. The surgical procedure is vital to you getting your luscious locks back, but it is equally important to focus on pre and post hair restoration care.

This is why we are going to go over comprehensive hair care tips for maintaining healthy hair, important considerations for hair restoration surgery, recommended products, lifestyle changes, potential complications, and a realistic timeline for hair growth.

 

Preparing for a Hair Restoration Procedure

You’ve thought about it and are finally taking the plunge and undergoing a hair restoration procedure. The first step is to select a hair restoration specialist with the right expertise and skill for you. Which is why you are looking at Golden Coast Hair Restoration Clinic.

Our mission is to empower individuals by restoring their confidence and transforming lives through innovative and personalized hair restoration solutions. We want to make sure you are experiencing nothing but excellence and transparency.

In preparation your procedure, following your doctor’s instructions is so important. This may include taking prescribed medications as instructed, shortening your hair or beard, or avoiding certain supplements. You’ll also want to avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, blood thinners, painkillers, and certain scalp or hair loss medications, as they could interfere with the procedure or healing process. Maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding oily or highly processed foods can contribute to the overall success of the restoration process.

 

Importance of Pre and Post Hair Restoration Care

It’s CRUCIAL to follow proper pre and post hair restoration for successful hair growth results. You want healthy hair growth results and minimal to no complications, right? So, you follow the advice and instructions from your doctor, but also following maintenance routines designed for you to create a thriving environment for your transplanted hair follicles.

Before the doctor even starts his job there are going to be some things, you’ll need to do prepare the scalp and hair follicles for the restoration process. You’ll want to make sure your scalp is in good condition and free from any issues that could affect the success of your procedure.

As for after, postoperative care plays a vital role in promoting the healing of your scalp, preventing infection, and ensuring the survival of the transplanted hair follicles. Everything you do pre or post will determine how well your hair restoration surgery does in the long term. If you follow the recommended care and maintenance routines, you give yourself the best chance to achieve your desired results.

 

Lifestyle Changes for Promoting Hair Health

Proper care and maintenance are obviously important factors for before and after a hair restoration, but there are certain lifestyle changes that can also help you promote healthy hair. Diets rich in protein and vitamins, like leafy greens, eggs, and nuts, will help you overall hair growth and health. Also not using as much heat on your hair can. Using softer hairstyles that don’t put stress on your roots will help minimize damage.

Following a balanced diet before your hair restoration surgery will provide your hair follicles with what they need for optimal growth and strength. You can check vitamin and mineral levels through blood tests to see if you have any deficiencies you might need to adjust before your surgery.

 

Post-Transplant Care and Maintenance

After you are finished with your hair restoration surgery, try to be delicate with your newly transplanted hair. You’ll be given instructions regarding washing, styling, and protecting your scalp. And if you have someone it could be helpful to have someone accompany you after your procedure, as they can help and support you while you’re recovering.

Cleaning your scalp after your surgery is going to be a challenge. Your scalp is going to be tender, and you need to avoid touching the scabs or applying excessive pressure to the grafts. There’s going to be some swelling there’s no way around it except for not going through with the hair transplant. Wearing a headband or applying ice will provide you with support and help with some of the swelling.

Sleeping also might be tough for the first few weeks, because you want to avoid contact of the grafts with other materials. So, how do you sleep if you have to avoid the grafts rubbing on a pillow? It’s not going to be the most comfortable you’ll want to sleep in a semi-sitting position. Remember the luxurious hair that you are going to have and how much more confident you’ll feel while sleeping in this position!

To alleviate any itching or discomfort because remember you DO NOT want to touch the scabs (that’s your new hair), you can use products like calendula oil or aloe vera. Especially the first few weeks, avoid aggressive hair products, look for mild shampoos made from natural ingredients. Think of it like a baby’s head, you wouldn’t put the shampoo you use as an adult on a baby. It doesn’t mean your hair products are bad it just means they/you need something else for right now.

 

Recovery and Hair Growth Timeline

Hair Regrowth Timeline Linear Chart

Your hair growth timeline and someone else’s might look very different. Understanding the recovery process and timeline is important to learn about before considering or undergoing a procedure.

So, let’s talk scenarios, you have the transplant, step 1.

Step 2, the transplanted hair follicles are going to initially shed while new hair growth begins soon after. It is completely normal for hair to shed or go through a shedding phase before a growth phase.

Step 3, approximately six or so months after your transplant, most doctors will advise to trim the implanted grafts and new hair with scissors to even the hair growth.

During this time, avoid wearing caps, hats, or helmets so you don’t put pressure or friction on the transplanted hair. Avoid applying anything (creams, gels, hairspray, hair oils, etc.) to the grafted area to minimize any damage or irritation.

Hair dyes also should not be used at the very least 3 months after your procedure to prevent damage to the transplanted hair. This will allow the hair follicles to settle and integrate into the scalp without being disrupted or possibly damaged by the chemicals in these products.

You are going to want to avoid intense physical activities for at least three months. This is to prevent any potential damage to the transplanted hair from excessive sweating. The timeframe for when you can get back to intense activities may vary depending on what your doctor advises specifically for you.

All these restrictions or recommendations seem like a lot in the short term, but if you think of the long term and imagine yourself a year or 3 or 5 years from now and you have that full head of hair you’ve been dreaming about, won’t it all be worth it? Wouldn’t you want to do everything you possibly could to keep your gorgeous new hair and not have to go through another hair restoration surgery?

 

Recommended Hair Care Products

We’ve said you need to use certain hair care products after your surgery, but what are those?

When selecting products for pre/post hair care, look for products that are specifically formulated to be gentle and nourishing for the scalp and hair. You’ll want to look for products free from those harsh chemicals or additives. They can cause dryness, irritation, or even damage to the transplanted hair follicles.

Silicone-based products are going to be based on the person. For some they might be totally fine, for others it could cause problems. Some silicone products can be beneficial and provide a protective barrier on the hair shaft, reduce friction, and minimize hair damage. Before using a silicone-based hair product consult with your doctor on your individual hair preferences and needs.

 

Conclusion

When it comes to hair transplants, prepping your hair before and after the procedure is like training for a marathon. There’s a lot of things you’ll need to do before the procedure, but also a lot of recovery after. Follow what is recommended, no harsh chemicals, avoid intense physical activity, ice, wear a headband, and before you know it you’ll be growing your new hair.

Remember, everyone’s hair journey is unique, so your post-op might look different than your friend’s post-op, who encouraged you to do the procedure because they did. Follow what your doctor recommends on exactly what to do before and after your transplant to ensure your hair transplant is a total success. With the right TLC, you’ll be flaunting your healthy new hair in no time.