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Life After Hair Transplant: What Can and Can’t I Do?

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Portrait of a man touching his hair

So you’ve had a hair transplant? Awesome! You’re likely enjoying some of the benefits of having a fuller head of hair, both physical and psychological.

And with up to 70% of men experiencing hair loss at some point in their lives, you’re in good company.

Once you’ve had a hair transplant, you may wonder what you can and can’t do. You definitely won’t want to mess up your new ‘do, and risk infection or sabotaging its look. So how do you ensure you don’t do this?

Your doctor will likely go over a list of things you specifically shouldn’t do after you’ve had a hair transplant. There may be some things that are unique to your situation. However, in this article, we’ll generally go over some of the dos and don’t of post-transplant activities.

Read on for more about what you can and can’t do following a hair transplant. Caring for your hair post-transplant is the best way to ensure that the surgery itself is successful.

Don’t Expose Your Scalp to Sunlight After a Hair Transplant Procedure

Avoiding the sun is a must after you’ve had a hair transplant. This is a huge issue if your scalp is still swollen.

For some, this may be unavoidable, especially if you work outside. If this is the case, protect your head with a hat.

Don’t Smoke for 30 Days After the Surgery

You may wonder what smoking has to do with having a hair transplant, but there is actually a good reason why you shouldn’t engage in it for a month following your procedure.

Smoking can slow the blood flow to your hair follicles, which will make healing more difficult. It can also interrupt the growth of new hair, which is the ultimate goal of the procedure.

While you should give up smoking for at least 30 days, giving it up altogether is even better. Smoking has serious health consequences, including lung cancer, which is worse for you than just going or staying bald.

Don’t Exercise at All for a Week After the Procedure

As with any surgery, exercise should be limited after your procedure. Excessive physical exercise will raise your blood pressure, which can cause bleeding or the hair transplant to come out.

Sit out of Strenuous Exercise for at Least 10 Days

Don’t engage in strenuous exercise for at least 10 days after the procedure. This is to ensure, again, that you don’t dislodge the transplant or accidentally cause it trauma. More strenuous exercise makes this more likely.

You can begin light exercise, like yoga or walking, four days after you’ve had your procedure. However, you should be mindful that this may increase your blood pressure, and if you notice this, you should refrain until the 10th day.

These activities should also be restricted if you notice any bleeding coming from your scalp.

Some doctors may ask you not to exercise for an even longer period of time due to personal circumstances. However long your doctor tells you to wait before exercising is exactly how long you should wait. Do not begin doing so before then because someone else did or an Internet article says so. You should always follow the advice of your physician, as he or she knows your personal case much better than anyone else.

Don’t Return to Work Too Soon

There are people that may think that a hair transplant is an easy procedure. And while that may be true in comparison to other procedures, you should still stay off work for several days. Your doctor will give you the all clear to return to work after a certain number of days, and when it is time, you should still take it easy and not do anything too strenuous at first.

Listen to Your Doctor’s Instructions

Your doctor will give you instructions for post-transplant care. You should follow this to a T. Your doctor may also give you medication, such as painkillers or antibiotics, to take after you’ve had your transplant. You should take these as often as prescribed to ensure you do not suffer from an infection or that your transplant does not take for some reason.

Don’t Do Anything That Can Cause Excessive Sweating

Exercise can cause excessive sweating, but so can going into a sauna or staying outdoors on an extremely hot day. You should avoid excessive sweating, as this can lead to infection in your hair transplant site. If it is very hot in your area, stay inside as much as possible for the first month following your transplant.

You should also avoid any physical activity that can cause you to sweat, especially profusely. Talk to your doctor if your profession involves physical activity, especially if you sweat during it. You may need to take even more time off of work or have special provisions made for you as you recover from your transplant.

Stay Upright

While it may sound silly, you should avoid bending over, leaning over or doing too many activities that cause the blood to rush to your head. This is because it can cause excessive bleeding, which can lead to irritation or the transplant not working. Stay upright as much as possible.

You can begin to do yoga and other light exercises as early as a week after your hair transplant. However, you should be aware that standing on your head or a pose where your had is dangling is not good for your post-transplant scalp. Instead, you should sit out on those poses, and rejoin the flow when they have finished.

What Other Precautions Should I Take After My Transplant?

After you’ve had a transplant, it is of paramount importance that you take care of your head. It is likely to be scabby and painful, and your doctor will, as mentioned previously, give you a list of instructions to follow to ensure that you don’t cause further injury to yourself. Following his or her instructions will ensure that you have a successful hair transplant and are happy with the results.

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