Post-Surgery Care: How to Maintain and Prolong Your Hair Restoration Results

Post-Surgery Care: How to Maintain and Prolong Your Hair Restoration Results

by | Nov 21, 2023 | FAQs and Common Concerns, Hair Care Tips, Hair Restoration Procedures, Understanding Hair Loss

Importance of Post-Surgery Care

You’ve just gone through your hair restoration surgery and now you want to do everything you can to maintain and prolong your hair restoration results. Proper post-surgery is going to be crucial for successful hair growth and getting the results you want. Golden Hair Coast Restoration will provide you with specific advice based on your individual needs, but we’ll cover some of the basic ideas on what to expect after here.

Post-surgery care is important in promoting the healing process and ensuring you have the best results possible. This includes what your doctors say, resting after surgery, avoiding alcohol and smoking, taking certain prescribed medications, and refraining from using aspirin. Your scalp needs time to heal and for the transplanted hair follicles to establish themselves in their new location. Alcohol and smoking can interfere with your body’s healing process and could potentially affect the growth of the newly transplanted hair. Talking to your doctor will provide clarity on the medications you can take, but certain prescribed medications and aspirin could cause potential complications in the healing process.

It’s also important to follow post-op care instructions to help minimize your risk of infection and other complications. Keep the scalp clean and avoid touching the scabs or grafts to prevent any damage or infection. By following your post-op guidelines you’ll give yourself a more successful hair restoration and help maintain the long-term results.

Proper Scalp Cleaning and Care

Maybe the number one rule/guideline/instruction after surgery: clean your scalp! Cleaning your scalp correctly according to the instructions given to you is essential for healing and avoiding any complications. We know you want to do it really bad but avoid touching and picking at the scabs as they are there to protect the newly transplanted follicles. Gently wash your scalp to not disturb the healing process.

Use a mild shampoo, or one provided after your treatment, and avoid aggressive hair products with harsh chemicals as they can irritate the scalp and potentially delay your healing process. Shampoos made from natural ingredients are gentle and will not strip the scalp of its natural oils, which is important for maintaining a healthy scalp and hair.

It is crucial to also avoid aggressive hair styling techniques that could put strain on the scalp and damage your transplanted follicles. Brush and style gently to avoid unnecessary stress on your scalp, so don’t force a brush through your hair, or take a glob of hair gel and style it like Ross Geller from Friends. Every cleaning and care instruction given to you is to ensure you have the best possible conditions to prolong your hair restoration results that you and your doctors want.

Tips for Maintaining and Prolonging Hair Restoration Results

Let’s talk about some tips:

  • Healthy diet
  • Mineral/vitamin supplements
    • Biotin and omega-3 fatty acids are particularly beneficial for promoting healthy hair growth
  • Foods rich in biotin
    • Eggs, nuts, whole grains
  • Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids
    • Seafood, nuts and seeds, plant oils, avocados
  • Protect the scalp from the sun and rain, especially during the initial recovery period.
    • Exposure to sunlight and rain can potentially damage the scalp
    • Wear a hat or use an umbrella for protection
  • Avoid intense physical activities
    • Weightlifting
    • High-impact sports
    • Really any sweat-inducing activity

Consult with your doctor on when it would be appropriate to resume such activities, but most would recommend at the very least 2 weeks.

By following these tips and incorporating them into your daily routine, you can maintain and prolong the results achieved through hair restoration. Consistency in care and making healthy lifestyle choices will contribute to the overall success of the procedure and the longevity of the results.

Timeline of Hair Growth and Falling Out of Implanted Follicles

There is a normal part of the healing process that is going to scare you a little bit. This is why you need to understand the timeline of hair growth. After your procedure you will notice the implanted follicles starting to gradually fall out after a month or so and that’s OK! This is a normal part of the healing process and not indicative of the procedure being unsuccessful.

Hair growth is a gradual process so you might not see noticeable results for several months. New hair will start growing from the transplanted follicles around the three-month mark though. Growing your new hair will require patience and an understanding that hair restoration is a gradual process, similar to how hair loss is a gradual process.

For example, you might get your hair restoration surgery in January, new year new you right? After your procedure you’ll notice the implanted follicles starting to fall out in February. Around April, you will start to see some new hair growing, and by those summer months, you might start to notice some visible hair growth. However, it is still very important to remember that hair growth will vary from person to person and could take up to a year for full results to be visible.

Be patient and have realistic expectations for your new hair. Follow the post-surgery care instructions you were given and maintain a healthy hair lifestyle, and you’ll tremendously help the growth of your new hair and get the results you want.

Styling Techniques and Precautions

Depending on how long you’ve been dealing with hair loss you may have forgotten how to properly style your hair. Good styling techniques and precautions are crucial for maintaining your results and prevent damage to newly transplanted hair. After surgery one recommendation is to use a foam headband or apply ice to the scalp to prevent swelling. This will help alleviate any discomfort and promote proper healing.

For the first few months after your hair transplant surgery, it is advisable to avoid wearing caps, hats, or helmets. It is important to allow your scalp to breathe and heal and these items have the potential to interfere with the healing process and dislodge newly transplanted hair follicles.

Before the six-month mark, it’s recommended to trim your new hair with scissors rather than clippers or razors. Trimming your hair will ensure it grows evenly and won’t put strain on the transplanted follicles. To further avoid damaging any transplanted hairs avoid using excessive heat from hair dryers, curling irons, or straighteners. Use a wide-toothed comb or a soft-bristle brush to help prevent any unnecessary pulling or tugging on the hair.

By following gentle styling techniques and precautions, you can protect the newly transplanted hair and promote its healthy growth. It’s important to be mindful of the scalp’s sensitivity and to avoid any practices that could potentially damage the hair or interfere with the healing process.

Addressing Concerns and Contacting the Clinic

If you’re concerned about the outcome of your hair restoration procedure, don’t hesitate to reach out to the clinic. Their specialists have the know-how and expertise to assist with any questions or issues during the recovery period. They can provide advice on potential changes and rest assured that they’ll help you get the best results possible. After all, it’s important to stay in communication with them to make sure everything runs smoothly. You can also check the FAQ page to see if anyone had a similar question as you that’s already been answered!

Additionally, they may schedule follow-up appointments with you so they can track your progress and advise you accordingly. Attending these sessions and voicing any worries or inquiries can give you the assurance—and peace of mind—you need when recovering from surgery.

Recap and Conclusion

After undergoing a hair restoration procedure, it’s essential to take proper post-operative care to ensure the results you want. Following your clinic’s advice is also important for a successful recovery—it’s important to rest, avoid alcohol and smoking, use prescribed medication, and abstain from taking aspirin. Cleaning and caring for your scalp with mild shampoos made from natural ingredients also helps.

It’s useful to consider lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and stress management to support the maintenance of your results achieved through hair restoration. Use appropriate hair care products, like mild shampoos specifically designed for post-surgery hair care. You should try to avoid common mistakes, understand the timeline of hair growth, and follow recommended styling techniques. Openly communicating with your clinic and addressing any concerns as soon as possible will make life much easier.

By making these post-surgery adjustments to your daily routine and habits, you’ll be able to relax knowing that you have done everything in your power to prolong your hair restoration results!