Cycle and Directives

The following table elaborately describes the whole course and cycle for patients who undergo hair transplant. Each human body is different; so if your symptoms or cycle does not exactly match the below mentioned details, it is not at all a problem.

1st Day after the Surgery Do not shampoo, but wash your hair gently, yet thoroughly, so that the scalp is free of any blood. Expect some soreness, tightness and possibly some numbness.
Days 2-3 Scabbing for the most part is gone by this time. Moderate redness may be there and some swelling may appear on the forehead. Soreness in the donor area begins to disappear. Some numbness may continue. There is generally no uneasiness in the recipient area.
Days 4-6 If there is significant swelling, it may settle across the bridge of the nose and around the eyes and cheeks. Any residual crusting on the donor area (only) can be removed directly with running water.
End of Week 1 Swelling usually has subsided by this time. Redness is either faint or absent. The hair transplants look and feel like a week-old beard. Patients are prescribed a follow up appointment at this time. Soreness is generally gone. There is hardly any persistent numbness.
Day 10 Grafts are firmly in place. Any residual crusting may be gently scrubbed off.
End of Week 2 The grafts are permanently in place and cannot be dislodged. The transplanted hair begins to shed off. Patients may return to normal shampooing, brushing and combing and may get haircuts.
End of Week 3 The majority of the transplanted hair has been shed.
End of Month 1 The follicles enter a resting phase and the usual looks reinstate. Patients may even dye their hair by this time.
Months 2-5 The newly transplanted hairs start to grow as very fine hair initially, later on, gaining the pace and volume. Any remaining numbness in the donor area is almost healed.
Months 6-9 The hair continues to grow and gain volume. Slight textural changes in hair can be experienced in some cases. The donor area regains most of its strength.
Month 10 A follow up with the doctor/surgeon is again recommended – where the doctor may or may not suggest another appointment (depending on the check-up and the need). Donor laxity has been restored.
1 Year The hair transplant treatment/surgery finally shows up prominent, appreciable results with a completely desirable look.
1-2 Years There may be additional fullness. Any textural change in hair usually returns to normal.
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