Congratulations on completing your hair transplant surgery at Charles Medical Group

As you embark on the journey to fuller hair, it’s essential to understand the importance of post-operative care to ensure the best outcomes. By following these guidelines, you can promote optimal healing and hair growth.

Immediate Post-Operative Care

In the first few days after your procedure, your scalp will be quite sensitive. It’s important to avoid touching the newly transplanted grafts, as they are in a delicate state and can be easily dislodged. Refrain from any rigorous activities that may increase blood flow to your head, such as bending, lifting, or exercising.

Sleeping Posture

Sleeping in an elevated position is recommended to help reduce swelling. Use two or three pillows or a recliner to keep your head above heart level. Avoid any direct contact or friction with the transplanted area which might occur if you sleep on your sides or stomach.

Managing Swelling

Swelling is a normal part of the healing process and usually peaks around the third day after surgery. Applying a cold compress to the forehead (and not directly on the transplanted grafts) can help minimize swelling. Make sure to follow the specific instructions given by Dr. Charles regarding the application of any ice packs or cold compresses.

The Healing Process: Crusting and Shedding

Crusting will typically occur around the transplanted grafts, and it is vital not to pick at these crusts as they naturally fall off within 5-10 days post-surgery. Shedding of the transplanted hair is also expected and is part of the normal growth cycle. The true growth will begin a few months post-surgery.

Scalp Washing and Treatment

You will receive detailed instructions on how to wash your scalp post-surgery. Generally, gentle washing can commence a few days after the procedure. Use the recommended shampoos and methods to prevent damaging the grafts. Pat dry without rubbing the area.

Activities and Actions to Avoid

Avoid alcohol consumption and smoking for at least a week as these can interfere with the healing process. Also, steer clear of direct sun exposure, saunas, and steam baths for the first few weeks. Sports and heavy workouts should be put on hold for at least a month to ensure the grafts are not jeopardized.

Signs of Infection

While rare, infections can occur. Be on the lookout for symptoms such as persistent redness, pain, pus, or an unusual odor emanating from the scalp. If you notice any of these signs, please contact Charles Medical Group immediately.

Long-Term Care Strategies

Once your scalp has fully healed, you can gradually return to your regular hair care routine. However, be mindful of sun exposure and protect the scalp to prevent damage to the grafts. You can resume using hair products once Dr. Charles gives the go-ahead, but start with mild, non-irritating products.

Resuming Regular Styling Routines

Typically, patients can return to their regular styling routines within a few weeks post-surgery, but this can vary depending on the individual healing process. Always use gentle techniques to avoid stressing the new grafts.

By adhering to these post-operative care instructions, you can ensure that you are taking the right steps toward achieving a natural and full head of hair. Remember, the team at Charles Medical Group is here to support you throughout your recovery and beyond. If you have any concerns or questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. Your satisfaction and the success of your hair restoration are our top priorities.