What to Expect After Hair Restoration Surgery

One of our primary goals at True & Dorin Medical Group is to ensure that you have a smooth and quick recovery after hair restoration surgery. Prior to your surgery at one of our New York, New Jersey, or Boston locations, we will familiarize you with the treatment timeline and discuss exactly what you can expect in the days and weeks following the procedure. Our team will help you throughout the recovery and guide you comfortably through the entire process. 

Preparing for Your Recovery

Although our patients are ambulatory at the time of discharge, we encourage you to coordinate a ride home. Even though the procedure is minimally invasive, patients should be prepared to experience some minor to moderate discomfort for the first 10-12 days. Typically, discomfort will depend on the size and method of the procedure, but additional care from family or friends is not usually required during this time.

Healing From Your Surgery

Depending on the method used, either FUT (follicular unit transplantation), FUE (follicular unit extraction), or another hair restoration technique, the healing times and what you can expect immediately following the procedure may vary. Our doctors will outline proper care of the treatment areas, and give you step-by-step instructions on how to clean and care for your scalp.

Our team will help you throughout the recovery and guide you comfortably through the entire process.

No matter which type of procedure you underwent, it is important for the first few nights to sleep with your head elevated. Up to 10 days following the procedure, you will notice some crusting and scabbing along your scalp, which will slowly dissipate. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, the scalp may also appear pink, similar to the appearance of a mild to moderate sunburn.

Video: Hair Transplant Recovery

Patients of hair loss doctors True & Dorin can expect a comfortable and quick hair transplant recovery. Before the second week after surgery, most of the redness and other signs of the operations will have subsided.

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Recovery Timeline

Individuals will experience a different rate of healing and recovery, and all patients should consult with their doctor beforehand regarding returning to more physical activities. General guidelines include:

  • The Morning Following the Procedure: Headband can be removed and you can gently shampoo your scalp. 
  • The First Week: You can return to work in as little as one to two days following treatment, but should avoid strenuous activity. Avoid alcohol for three days and smoking for two weeks. During this time, you will notice some scabbing and moderate redness.
  • Two Weeks After: Normal shampooing, hair care, and regular activities can be resumed, as grafts are now permanent. It is recommended for patients to wear a hat in strong sunlight, and then use sunscreen with 30 SPF or higher, following the initial two weeks.

Before and after hair restoration
Knowing what to expect after hair restoration surgery is important to manage realistic expectations and ensure proper healing.

New Growth

Newly transplanted hair typically begins to grow around 10 weeks, and becomes long enough to groom around six months later. Prior to this new growth, it is common to notice some minor shedding of your original hair, which is perfectly normal and should not be a cause for concern. Within one year, you will achieve fully grown hair that is thicker, fuller, and offers more coverage.

Actual Patients

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Contact Us for Additional Information

Significant variability will occur from person to person, depending on various factors. To learn more about what you can expect following your hair restoration procedure, please contact us online or call (866) 629-0866 today.