Essential tips for hair care post-hair transplantation
Getting a hair transplant is a big decision and not one that you should do lightly-if you've been losing your hair all the time, you need to talk to a qualified professional first and foremost. After a thorough examination, the doctor should be able to tell you whether or not you are a good enough candidate for a hair transplant. It's interesting to note that simply because you're losing your hair, you're not necessarily a transplant candidate-you need clear donor and recipient areas for a transplant. In addition, and more importantly, your hair loss needs to be stabilized, because if you're still losing your hair, there's no point in transplanting, because your hair will continue to fall out.
Let's say you're ticked off as an acceptable transplant candidate and your operation is completed without a glitch, there are still a lot of things that could go wrong-there are still a lot of things that could cause your hair not to grow the way you wanted it to post a transplant. There are some important tips that you need to keep in mind if you want to make your hair grow very well after a transplant. By keeping these post op care tips in mind for better growth, you can not only make sure that you have good hair, but you can also make sure that you have the' sticks' of your transplant.
Here are some of the things you need to recall right away and in the days following the transplant:
- You will be given a list of doses and donts even before the procedure is started and it is imperative that you keep all of these in mind in the hours and days following the procedure. You should get a printed version of all these instructions in most hospitals, because there is always a strong chance that people will miss these instructions.
- You should have someone take you home as soon as your treatment is over, where you should have as much rest as you can until the next morning. It's best not to drive yourself, because the sedation or anesthesia may not have worn off properly. You will sleep with your head slightly elevated for at least the first three days, as this will help keep the swelling at bay.
- You will be asked to stay away from both alcohol and smoking for the next few weeks and it is imperative that you do the same. You will also be advised to avoid aspirin-containing medicines because it is a thinner in the blood and drinking it may lead to healing problems. It is imperative that you inform your transplant surgeon about any and all medications you may be taking on a regular basis, and if you are on any drugs, you may be told to stop them for a couple of days. Instead, the doctor might give you some other drug you can take until the transplant's effects have sunk in.
- In the event of bleeding, which after hair transplantation is one of the common side effects, simply apply gentle and steady pressure until the bleeding stops. The bleeding will stop in a few minutes in most cases, but if it does not, you should call your transplant surgeon immediately.
- You must make sure you use the sterile solution given or recommended to you. The solution should help keep the grafts clean and hydrated, which is crucial to keeping the grafts safe and increasing hair growth in the future. You should apply those too religiously if you have been prescribed any ointments.
- Although for at least a week you will have to skip hard work and exercise, within a day or two you should be able to return to regular routine. So make sure you keep your grafts covered every time you step out, because dirt and dust will damage the new implants and cause them to drop out. The dust could also cause an infection that could cause difficulty to write.
- Do not inappropriately contact the donor area and make sure you first wash your hands with soap or disinfectant if you need to touch it. You will be told to wash your hair the day after the surgery, but you need to be very vigilant while doing so. For example, do not allow water to directly hit the grafts, as this may lead to dislodging. Use a cup of water to gently pour water over the scalp and clean the region around the grafts using only your fingertips.
- Your transplant surgeon will tell you how many days you need to avoid products and equipment for hair styling to make sure you know the same thing. You will be asked for about 15 days to avoid hot styling equipment and 10 days to avoid hair products like hair sprays and gels. It is necessary to avoid coloring and cutting until the crusts have fallen off.
Along with all the precautions the doctors are advising you, there are some steps you will need to make for your own good. You need to make sure you only use items that your doctor has fine-tuned. No matter how much you like your hair styling, stop as long as you are asked to do so. You need to treat your hair with absolutely delicate hands after a transplant for a couple of weeks, because if the grafts are damaged, the whole transplant could go for a toss. Also, make sure you have a diet check and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.You must also make sure you drink plenty of water, as the grafts will also need hydration from within. Ultimately, if you think something is going wrong, you should get your surgeon rushed and tested.