How to Care for Your Hair After a Transplant
After you undergo medical hair restoration in McLean, Virginia Beach, or Richmond, it’s important to carefully follow your post-operative instructions. You’ll need to take special care of your new hair implants and you’ll need to keep the wound site clean. Should you have any questions or experience any issues, the staff at the Virginia Surgical Center can help you.
Protection from the Elements
The doctor may ask you to avoid direct sunlight and excessively cold temperatures for three weeks after undergoing hair restoration. Wear a hat or other head covering when going outdoors to protect your scalp from the elements. However, make sure your hat isn’t too tight to compress the grafts.
Care for the Scalp
The care of your transplant will include two to three days of professional head washing and low-laser light therapy, which helps to heal by opening the blood supply. It’s normal to experience some light bleeding, particularly on the day of the procedure. You can use sterile gauze to apply gentle pressure to the area to stop the bleeding. Your doctor will let you know when you can shampoo your hair. Do not scrub your scalp with shampoo. Instead, gently pat shampoo on your head and rinse with a cup of water, rather than letting water from the shower head strike the graft site.
Reduction of Swelling
You can expect some swelling after the procedure. The doctor will give you a Prednazone shot and pills to help the swelling.
Prevention of Infections
An infection is a rare complication for hair transplant patients. Patients are given an antibiotic to reduce the chance of infection. You should take care to avoid touching your scalp whenever possible or to do so only with clean hands. If you notice any increased redness or tenderness, call the hair loss clinic.