At the time of surgery, your scalp was thoroughly cleaned of blood and crusts, but these will tend to re-form soon after your procedure. Care should be taken while cleaning the transplanted site during the 10 days following surgery, because it is during this period that the healing mechanisms of your body secure the grafts firmly in place. However, appropriate care of the recipient area will minimize crusting and make the transplant less noticeable and the healing more rapid.
The morning following surgery, remove your bandage and shower with comfortably warm water.
Allow the shower water to flow gently over the transplant area. You may partially block the flow of the water with your hand so that the scalp is not subject to strong, direct pressure. Lift up the hair in the back of your scalp so that water may irrigate the sutured areas as well. Place a small amount of mild shampoo like johnson and Johnson ( on the sponge that we have given you or on your finger pads, and gently apply the shampoo to the recipient area with a patting or rolling motion. Do not rub. As soon as the shampoo has been applied to the entire transplanted area, rinse the shampoo off with indirect running water. You may use the rinsed sponge or your finger pads to assist in removing the shampoo, but be careful that you pat the area and do not rub. Stop soaking your head as soon as the shampoo is rinsed off. It is not necessary to remove all of the crusting during the first shower. Repeat the showering and gentle shampooing three (3) times the day following surgery. On the second day after the procedure, shower and shampoo twice daily and continue this regime for 10 days. If the scalp becomes too dry, you should switch to Baby Shampoo on the fourth day and continue showering using only the Baby Shampoo for the remainder of the 10 days.
Resume your normal shampoo after 10 days and/or when the mild shampoo runs out.
If the grafts are soaked too long, they may swell and rise above the skin surface and appear as little white bumps immediately after showering. This is a problem more likely encountered the first few days after the procedure. It is not harmful to grafts, but indicates that you are soaking too much. As soon as you allow your scalp to dry, they will disappear.
It is important when shampooing, or rinsing the transplanted area, that you are gentle for the first 10 days following surgery. DO NOT RUB, PICK, OR SCRATCH, as this may dislodge grafts From one to four weeks post-op you can expect that some transplanted hair will begin to shed. This is a normal process and should not be a concern. The healthy hair follicles are firmly in place at TEN days post-op and cannot be dislodged. If there is still any residual crusting at this time,you may scrub them off in the shower. First, soften the crusts by soaking them in the shower under direct running water and then, using regularshampoo, scrub them all off. If this is not done, the crusts will eventually fall off naturally as the hairs are shed.Please note that when hairs are shed, there may be a crust at the top and a bulb at the bottom. Remember the bulb is not the root (the growth partof the hair follicle).
It is normal for the hair, bulb and associated crust to be shed and this does not represent a lost graft. If a graft is actually lost (something that may occur the first few days following the procedure) there will be bleeding at the site of the lost graft. Therefore, if you don't see any bleeding, don't be concerned.
Do not use tar shampoo (a dark-colored, medicated shampoo used for psoriasis) on the transplanted area for 10 days following your procedure, as this may interfere with the growth of the grafts.
The morning following surgery, remove your bandage and shower with comfortably warm water. Gently wash the donor area with your hand using mild shampoo. The shower water may hit the area in the back of your scalp directly. If this is uncomfortable for you, turn down the water pressure or partially block the water with your hand.
The purpose is to soak off the crusts from the donor area, so that it will heal well, and to remove crusting from the hair in the non-transplanted area. This may take 15 minutes or more in the shower. You will not hurt the donor area by using directly running water or by rubbing or washing the area gently.
After the shower, pat the area dry. If the physician has given you Ointment, you should apply a very THIN LAYER so that it LIGHTLY covers the entire donor area. These ointments are to be applied and reapplied to the donor area throughout the day to keep the area greasy and to keep it from drying out. You should continue applying the ointment for 5 / 15 /30 days. It is not necessary to use ointment after that.
At bedtime, If at any time there is bleeding in either area, do not be concerned. Apply direct pressure with a dry, clean cloth until the bleeding stops. This may take several minutes. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us.
You may dry your hair with a warm, NOT HOT, hair dryer. Hair spray should NOT be used for the first week.
You have been given Alprax 0.5mg (Aprazolam) tablets to help you sleep. If the pills are strong, you can break the tablets in half.
The most important medication to use when trying to sleep is the pain medication; be certain that the pain in under control before using any additional sleeping medication, as the additional pill will often not be necessary. DO NOT DRIVE under the influence of Alprax.
DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL WHILE TAKING ANY MEDICATIONS GIVEN TO YOU FOR SLEEP, PAIN or HICCUPS.Pain Pills
You have been given Lornoxi-p / Enzoflam for pain. Take 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours as needed for the first 72 hours. After 3 days, you may take 1-2 tablets per day.Hiccups
Do not drink carbonated beverages (such as beer, Coke, Pepsi, or any other diet or non-diet soda) the day of and the day following your procedure, as this increases the occurrence of hiccups during the recovery period. If hiccups occur and do not resolve quickly, call the doctor with the phone number.Itching
You may experience some itching either in the transplanted area or in the donor area following your procedure. In general, itching is part of the healing process and should not be a cause for concern. A common contributing factor may be dryness. You may also experience itching as the new hairs grow in. If the itching is bothersome to you, purchase Hydrocortisone Ointment 1% in 30 gram tubes which may be bought over the counter (it must be in Ointment form, not a cream). This may be applied locally to the areas that itch, as needed, up to four times a day. It is also possible that you may be using too much shampoo or shampooing too long which can dry the scalp. If you feel that this is a factor, please cut back on the shampooing. DO NOT SCRATCH THE SCALP as this may dislodge grafts.
Less commonly, itching may be a sign of a skin infection or an allergy to the given ointment or the shampoo. In the transplanted area, this may present as small pustules and/or redness. If you suspect that the itching is due to either of these caused, or if the itching is persistent, please contact the office, as this may require specific treatment.Minoxidil (Rogaine)
Rogaine may cause severe irritation to the scalp. If this occurs after a hair transplant, it can interfere with hair growth. If you choose to use Rogaine after your procedure, you should wait a minimum of one week after surgery. If any sign of redness, irritation, itching, or burning occurs, stop the medication and call our office.
If there is significant swelling, it usually occurs around the 2nd to the 5th day post-op. The swelling usually begins at the hairline and then, from gravity, it gradually moves down the forehead and settles into the bridge of the nose and around the eyes. Occasionally, it may cause the eyelids to swell shut for a short period of time. Sometimes the swelling is extreme, but it always resolves by itself after a few days and does not require any special treatment. It should not be a cause for concern. If you would like, you may place cool compresses over the area that is swollen, as long as it is not placed over the implants. Sleep with your head raised at a 45-degree angle for the first 3 nights after the procedure; this may help to prevent swelling. You may use a recliner chair or 3-4 pillows. If the swelling is associated with redness, pain, tenderness, fever or chills, it may indicate an infection. If any of these symptoms occur, please call our office.Bleeding
Before you leave the office, all bleeding will be controlled. Rarely, some bleeding may occur after the procedure. If bleeding occurs, put firm, continuous pressure on the area. We suggest using a rolled up, clean towel and lying your head on top of it. APPLY CONTINUOUS PRESSURE FOR A FULL 20 MINUTES. If the bleeding does not stop, call us at the above numbers and follow the directions given.
If you are unable to contact us through this beeper, then go to the nearest Emergency Room and show these instructions to the physician on duty.Activities, Alcohol and Other Restrictions
The day after your hair transplantation, take it easy. You will be tired from the sedatives given the day of your surgery. If possible, spend this day at home, or in a comfortable place, and concentrate on showering properly and following the post-op instructions.
You may perform normal daily activities the second day following the procedure including moderate exercise. Abstain from sexual intercourse and alcohol for THREE days following the procedure. For the first 10 days, you should avoid any activities that rub or put direct pressure on your scalp. After 10 days, you may resume your normal daily activities and exercise.Smoking
Smoking causes constriction of blood vessels and decreased blood flow to the scalp, predominantly due to its nicotine content. The carbon monoxide in smoke decreases the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. These factors may contribute to poor wound healing after a hair transplant and can increase the chance of a wound infection and scarring. Smoking may also contribute to poor hair growth.
The deleterious effects of smoking wear off slowly when one abstains, particularly in chronic smokers, so that smoking puts one at risk to poor healing even after smoking is stopped for weeks or even months.
Although it is not known exactly how long one should avoid smoking before and after a hair transplant a common recommendation is to abstain from 1 week prior to surgery to 2 weeks after the procedure.Sun
Please avoid unprotected exposure to sunlight for 3 months. Wear a hat when you are going to be outside. After two weeks you may use a strong sunscreen with a SPF of 30+.Infection
Redness, swelling, and slight tenderness are to be expected for the first few days after a procedure. If the redness, swelling, or tenderness increases after the second day, call us. Rarely, one or more grafts may become infected. They present as white pustules (pus pimples) or redness around individual hairs. They may be associated with a yellow colored crust and may be tender. If this should occur, please contact our office. It may require antibiotic treatment.
Virtually everyone will develop a few pimples in the recipient area starting at about a month following surgery and continuing for several months. These are new hairs breaking through the skin. They occasionally can be confused with a true infection, but pimples tend to resolve on their own in 3-4 days. As individual pimples resolve, new ones may crop up. They generally do not require treatment. Larger pimples can be unroofed by removing the thin top layer of skin with a sterile needle, and then any fluid can drain. If more than just a few develop at one time, or the skin in a larger area becomes swollen, red, tender and hot, then you should call us as antibiotics or drainage by the doctor may be necessary.
Ingrown hairs may cause a cyst to develop in the area of a graft. They can develop over a graft that was placed several months earlier. Cysts present as local swelling and redness, with or without tenderness. We can treat these easily in the office.
If the donor or transplanted area becomes infected, swelling, pain, or tenderness may be present. There also may be a discharge or puss in operated areas. Fever and/or chills are also indications or infection. If any of these conditions should occur, please contact the office.Numbness
Numbness, tingling or similar sensations may occur temporarily on your scalp. These are the results of cutting small nerve endings in the skin during the course of harvesting the donor grafts and creating the recipient sites. This generally disappears within a few weeks to months, as nerve endings re-grow.Hair Coloring and Cosmetics
Do not dye your hair for 4 weeks following the procedure. Do not use cosmetic camouflage agents (such as Toppik) for at least 7 days following your procedure. When applying the cosmetics, or washing them out, be very gentle through day 10.
Basic Follow up can also be done by phone/Whatsapp Images/Skype etc
Few Important to take care of it:-
1)Its takes around 9 to 10 days to fix grafts to the scalp.
2)If any boil/infection occurs doctor should be informed immediately.
3)Remember real hair growth starts 6 to 12 months so don't be disappointment before 6 months of procedures. final thickness of the hair will be visible by 18 months.