How important is following your doctor’s post hair transplant surgery instructions?

So, you’ve just gotten a hair transplant. Congratulations! Now what? Your doctor should have given you a detailed list of “post-op instructions.” While this list can be quite tedious to read, commit to memory, and implement in your daily life for the weeks following surgery, below we discuss how and why it’s important to follow post surgery instructions.
Post-op hair transplant instructions cover detailed information about the healing processes of your scalp and hair, how to care for your hair to aid in obtaining the best results possible, and strict guidelines to what to do and what not to do.
Following these instructions will ensure your hair transplant is successful. If you fail to follow the instructions carefully, it may mean diminished results. So protect your investment and take the time to read the instructions.
Below is a list of some common post-op care elements that play an integral role in the success of your hair transplant. Please make sure to follow your doctor’s orders and don’t hesitate to ask any questions if you’re confused.

  • Slight pain and discomfort is common for the first few days following surgery. Over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol, Aspirin, or Advil can be useful in treating the pain.
  • Some bleeding or oozing from the sites may occurring during the night after your surgery. This is normal. Make sure not to scratch or pick at the scalp at all. Your body is going through its healing process, so just sit tight and let it be.
  • Some swelling and numbing may occur. This is normal and can be treated by icing the scalp. Just make sure not to touch the newly transplanted grafts with your hands or the ice.
  • You may begin shampooing a couple days after surgery. Be very gentle! Avoid using nails or finger tips. Water should be on gentle and shampoo should be gentle as well.
  • Avoid exercise for a minimum of 10 days. Exercising causes increased heart rate which can cause pressure on the scalp and possibly dislodge grafts.