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After the Transplant: Taking Care of Your New Hair

As it goes with any major medical procedure, the long-term success of your hair transplant isn’t guaranteed once the doctor successfully completes the task. Hair transplant care is what we’ll be discussing in today’s article.

You see, while their ability to perform the transplant is objectively crucial, the way you treat the transplanted area on your own time will affect the healing and results in many ways.

Whether you’ve received an FUE or FUT procedure, your work starts the night of the surgery. Since you may experience discomfort for the first 24-72 hours after your procedure, we here at Modena recommend our patients take 800 mg Motrin/Advil (over the counter) at home in case of mild pain.

We also recommend patients avoid alcohol for 24-48 hours after the surgery, as well as steering clear of heavy foods during that time, since over consumption may cause nausea. Instead, we recommend you pick up lighter meals & snacks while drinking plenty of water.

Swelling can be caused by any kind of surgery, and while our patients generally do not experience much of it, we recommend icing (either ice packs or frozen corn/peas are acceptable here) your forehead for 24-48 hours to reduce any potential swelling. You can do this 4-6 times per day for 20 minutes each round. To clarify, do not ice the transplanted area.

There also shouldn’t be any crust, significant pain & discomfort, or heat coming from the transplant area, so make sure to contact the clinic that did the procedure if this begins to occur.

As you might have expected, the process of washing your hair will be something to pay close attention to during the two weeks after your surgery. Firstly, you can’t begin shampooing in general until the day after your post-op appointment. You should only use a gentle stream of water at that point, though, and avoid getting the fingernails involved in any way.

You shouldn’t do any aggressive manipulation with your fingers until at least 7 days have passed, and only start shampooing with gentle circular motions, preferably using groMD shampoo, after a full week has gone by since the hair restoration surgery. After 14 days, though, you can feel free to wash your hair as you usually do.

Starting from the day after the procedure is done, we also highly recommend using a follicle activator spray, such as the one offered by groMD, 3-6 times per day for 2 weeks post-operation.

Another suggestion we give our patients is to sleep laying down on their back.  Some doctors recommend laying up, but we don’t think it makes much of a difference.

We recommend your heart rate shouldn’t get above 100 for a full 14 days after the procedure, so even light exercises like lengthy walks should be limited. As for more intense exercises like swimming, running, climbing & others, we strongly suggest waiting around two weeks. Why, you ask? Well, an increased heart rate means increased pressure around your scalp area, and that means the potential of grafts getting dislodged.

For that same reason, you should also avoid bending too far over (keep your head above your heart) for a good 72 hours.

Sometime, patients who have received this procedure at outside clinics complain of many small pimples that pop up on the head in the first couple months.  This is generally uncommon and a sign of a poor hair transplant procedure. Get yourself evaluated immediately if you find you’re experiencing this, as it can create cysts and infection in the long run.

After any hair restoration procedure, there is a very small possibility of temporary thinning afterward known as Shock Loss. This is generally very uncommon in our practice, and when it does happen, it’s usually less than 5-10% of hair loss in the recipient area.  

If a hair transplant is done especially incorrectly, you run the risk of permanent hair loss. This especially occurs when the person doing the procedure uses large incisions to create recipient sites; when they create these large recipient sites, they end up damaging the surrounding follicles, causing irreversible hair loss in turn.

As far as when patients should expect their results to appear, we offer a clear timeline. The hair follicles should begin shedding 1-4 weeks after the transplant takes place. The grafts will start to grow after 3-4 months, and results should start to show after 6 months. Full results can be expected after a year to 18 months.

We know we just gave you a lot of information at once; it won’t all take after you hear it for the first time. We understand that here at Modena. We have offices in Newport Beach, Beverly Hills & Las Vegas where we specialize in FUE and FUT hair restoration  surgery, and we dedicate our time to answering any questions our patients have about the hair transplant process.

When you come in for your procedure at Modena, you can rest assured that you’re in experienced hands. Dr. Yazdan has been performing hair transplants for years, and he’s been featured on popular shows like Dr. Phil & The Doctors to teach people about the science & processes behind these procedures. This expertise, combined with his ability to assist patients after it’s all said & done, means that you can be confident in the health of your new hair for a long, long time.

You can find his offices in Newport & Beverly Hills in California, as well as Las Vegas. Be sure to schedule your consultation today!

I’m not happy with my hair transplant results. What are my options?

We get many patients who come for consultations from other hair transplant offices seeking second or third opinions on their hair transplant results.
These individuals are often unhappy with their results and want to know what their options are for fixing their hair and restoring their happiness and confidence.
The first step in evaluating your hair transplant results, is to establish a timeline.
How long ago was the surgery?
Timeline plays a big role in hair transplant recovery and being able to determine the results.
The next step is to establish a history.
How many grafts were transplanted? Where are the donor and recipient zones? What were the goals of the hair transplant surgery?
This information is crucial to gauging what, if any goals were met.
Once you have this important information, you can begin discussing and exploring options.
If the surgery was botched, meaning you have undesirable results such as bad scarring, no graft survival, or increased hair loss, you may need another hair transplant surgery. While this isn’t something anyone wants to hear who just spent thousands of dollars on a hair transplant surgery, this may be what is required in order to fix your botched surgery and provide you with a satisfactory and acceptable appearance.
If it’s too soon to tell, you may need to hang tight and wait a few more months. Sometimes, after just a couple of months, individuals feel that they are not experiencing the growth they should be given the circumstances of their surgery. While this may be the case, hair growth cycles differ person to person, and it may be too soon to tell if your surgery was indeed botched or if your hair is just taking a little longer to grow.
If you are concerned about the results of your hair transplant surgery, and want to get a second or third opinion to explore your options, give us a call for a consultation.

Case Study – Amazing Results Using FUT Method of Hair Transplant Surgery

There are many factors that go into determining your candidacy for hair transplant surgery. For example, the density of the donor area, the strength of the surrounding hair, the involvement and efficacy of medical management, and the severity of the hair loss, just to name a few.

When all of these factors work together in a patients favor, we see great results like these.


This patient presented with severe receding and balding of the crown. Although the degree of his hair loss may make this patient appear much older, he was only his late 20’s at the date this picture was taken. Utilizing approximately 3600 grafts, Dr. Yazdan was able to restore this patients hair line and fill in the crown.

Results are shown after 1 year post-surgery. The patient now has an appropriate hair line with good density throughout the crown.

The patient now looks like a new man.

How soon after a hair transplant can you wear a hat?

For many individuals who decide on hair transplant surgery, their least favorite part about the process is the appearance of their hair immediately following surgery. For the first couple of weeks post-op, there may be redness, swelling, and scabs in the recipient and donor areas of the scalp. Some describe the process as having your hair look worse for a small amount of time to look better for the long-term.
It is many individuals’ inclination to cover and hide their hair during this initial post-op period. Many patients desire to wear a hat or hood to shield the appearance of their hair.
Unfortunately, this is not a recommended option for patients so soon after surgery. You may be wondering why not? What harm could a hat cause?
Well, while hats are a great tool to conceal the hair, they happen to rest on the head where thousands of grafts have just been carefully excised and transplanted. Particularly, the band of the hat often sits right on the donor and recipient areas. This is harmful to the grafts, as they are extremely fragile and sensitive during this initial period. Any unintended rubbing or pressure could cause them to fall out, risking all the hours of hard work you and your doctor put in to give you a nice, full head of hair.
We typically suggest patients avoid hats for the first week post-op. While we realize this may be inconvenient appearance wise, it is the best way to ensure the results of your hair transplant surgery.
For whatever the reason, if you wish to have a discreet hair transplant surgery, not allowing people to see or know you had a recent hair transplant, we suggest scheduling your surgery during a slow period where you will be able to take off a few days to yourself.
Here at Modena, we offer flexible scheduling so you can plan your surgery around your busy work and life schedule. If you’d like to learn more about the services we offer, give us a call.

Hair transplant recovery – when can I expect results?

Many individuals who have hair transplant surgery are eager to see results right away. This makes sense – you sat through a full day of poking and prodding and when you unwrap those bandages you expect to see something different. After all, you just had thousands of hair follicles transplanted. Instead, you see some redness, scabbing, and the same ol’ hair you’ve had.
In order to understand the timeline for expected results, we need to fully understand the hair transplant process as well as the hair growth process.
The FUE and Strip procedures we do involve Dr. Yazdan hand selecting, extracting, and transplanting, each and every hair follicle. This process is not only grueling on the doctor and patient, but also on the follicles. These follicles have gone through a sort of trauma. Once they are transplanted they do not begin growing immediately. They need to heal and settle in their new place.
Hair grows in cycles or phases. There are the anagen (growth), catagen (regression), telogen (resting), and exogen (shedding) phases. It can take months or even years for our hair to cycle through these phases. That means, it can take at minimum, months for our newly transplanted follicles to cycle through these phases. That is why we expect to see results 6 months – 1 year post-surgery.

The best advice for post-hair transplant recovery is to sit back, relax, and be patient while your newly transplanted follicles get comfortable and begin growing in their new home. If you would like to speed up recovery and ensure your results, you may wish to consider other treatments such as laser therapy, PRP therapy, and medications.