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After the hair transplant

1st and 2nd postoperative day:

Receiving area:
Apply saline every hour.
Slight swelling may appear on the forehead or brow due to the use of local anaesthesia, which will last 3 or 4 days at most.
Local anaesthesia can cause some swelling on the forehead that disappears naturally in a few days. Sleeping with the pillow horizontally, applying cold locally and massaging the forehead from the centre to the sides can help minimise the swelling.

Donor area:   
Slight discomfort only when pressing on the extraction area. Sensitivity begins to be recovered and the “helmet” feeling produced by local anaesthesia on the day of surgery wears off.


7th day:

Receiving area:
The frontal inflammation, if it existed, begins to disappear. Mild sensation of decreased sensitivity that can last up to 10-15 days depending on the number of transplanted units. You can start washing the entire head with shampoo, as indicated by the doctor. The follicles are felt hard, like a 4-day beard. Application of saline is not needed anymore (although you can keep using it according to demand).

Donor area:   
No pain. The sensation of itching begins due to the healing of small wounds and shaving. You can apply saline and/or take some painkiller to mitigate its presence. There may be slight discomfort on the nape of the neck due to the use of local anaesthesia in this area.

To avoid this setback, it is EXTREMELY important to wash your head thoroughly from the 7th day.
The main objective to keep in mind is that the scalp must be completely free of dead skin. This skin will gradually come out with the washes and from the 12th day there should be no scabs. Thus, the washes should be stronger (more friction with the fingertips) from the 10th day.


1st week:

Receiving area:
Between the 7th and 10th day, all scabs and dead skin disappear, leaving only a slight inflammation (which can go on up to 20 days) as well as the hair corresponding to the transplanted units. A slight peeling of the skin can be noticed during the first 30 days.  

Donor area:   
Small wounds have completely healed. The hair has grown enough and there is almost not noticeable evidence of surgery.  

2nd week:  

Receiving area:
Scalp clean of crusts and dead skin. Only a slight inflammation may still be noticed.

Donor area:   
Forgotten area, without any mark and in the process of full recovery.
In the donor area, it is normal the appearance of pruritus (itching) caused by the healing procedure. In case it is too intense, you should contact us to put an appropriate treatment, if it is advisable.


2-8 weeks:  

Receiving area:
Phase in which the transplanted hairs can begin to fall out as they enter the telogen or resting phase (telogen effluvium) due to transplant shock. There may be a loss of around 70%, higher or lower depending on each person. When hair is grafted among hair, native units can also experience shock (shedding or shock loss) and rest. Our incidence is of 5% and in case of the native area it is regenerated within 3-4 months. It is a transient complication.
It is common for some of the new transplanted hair to fall out during the first 2-8 weeks after the procedure.
Do not worry, is completely normal.
After the initial hair loss a new growth cycle begins when the first new hairs appear, between the 3rd and the 4th month. 

Donor area:
Recovery continues. Surgery is unnoticeable.


2-4 months:

Receiving area:
Stationary stage with great expectations for the patient. In most cases the transplanted hair starts to appear between 3.5 and 4.5 months. If a small shedding or shock loss has occurred in the native hair, it also begins to grow.

Donor area:   
In the 6th month the area is completely recovered. The area can already be assessed if a new intervention is required.


4-8 months:  

Receiving area:  
Transplanted hair starts to grow, first as a fine hair, in a slightly tortuous way and then it starts to be stronger, thicker, with normal texture. From the 3rd or 4th month vitamins for hair and nails are prescribed to ensure no deficiencies.


8 months:

Receiving area:
The growth of transplanted hair continues. Already about 70% of the result will be noticed in plain sight.


8-12 months:  

Receiving area:
The transplanted hair continues to grow in number (only about 20 to 25% remains, so the change will not be as evident as between months 4-8) and thickening. If there has been any texture change in the new hair, it is usually reverted in these months. After one year, this is the final result.