Pre-care is an important concern when it comes to hair transplants, but aftercare is equally, if not more, important. After all, after undergoing surgery it is essential that you take the necessary care to ensure the success of the transplant. If not, you risk developing issues and not healing properly, for example.
Your doctor will tell you all about what you can’t do while you’re still healing after your hair transplant, but we want to offer you some advice right now! Take a look at some of the don’ts of hair restoration aftercare:
1. Don’t Smoke or Drink Alcoholic Beverages
This is a very important measure to take by anyone recovering from a hair transplant procedure. This is because alcohol might thin your blood and cause bleeding, which will not help you heal and can even bring complications with it. So, avoid it for at least three days after surgery.
The same with nicotine, except smoking should be avoided for a whole month instead. Nicotine tends to interrupt and prevent blood flow to hair follicles, which are crucial for the growth of your new hair.
2. Don’t Touch or Play with Your Scalp
It is also important that you do not touch the new graft. This can be easier said than done because you are likely to experience itching and soreness. However, these are normal reactions, so you should avoid picking at it. Otherwise, you risk the fall or damage of the graft before it can grow!
3. Don’t Bend Over or Lift Weights
The 48 hours after your hair transplant surgery are crucial, so make sure to not bend over or lift anything even slightly heavy. This prevents excess swelling and bleeding and helps the healing process. In essence, try to keep (and sleep with) your head elevated above your torso to avoid this issue.
4. Don’t Wash Your Head Immediately After Surgery
You shouldn’t wash your head at least for 24 hours after surgery. Once you are allowed to do it again, your touch should be light and careful, so as not to disturb the graft. You should also use cold water and light water pressure. This washing procedure should be kept up for a while after surgery, at least five days.
5. Don’t Pick Any Scabs That Form
It is normal to see scabs on your scalp after a couple of days after your hair transplant. These scabs are likely to fall naturally anytime between a few days to over a week, so they shouldn’t be disturbed. Avoid picking at the scabs or scratching them when they itch, as that can cause the site to become infected – and damage the grafts.
It is important to observe the aftercare measures your doctor gives you after any surgery, and the same goes for hair transplant as well (for both men and women). At DHI Manchester, we want your procedure to be successful, so always follow our advice and you’ll have a full head of hair in no time! Talk to us at any time on 0161 839 3769 if you wish to learn more about the care you need to have with your hair after surgery.