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Aftercare for your procedure

Being informed and prepared will make your procedure and after care easy. Here, we’ll walk you through everything you need, from supplies to medications, to get ready for your procedure. After your procedure, we give you information on how to go about your aftercare.

The night of your procedure

Day 1 & 2 after your procedure

The day following your procedure, we want you be active but short of a light exercise. You grafts are fragile and we need to be very gentle, but the back of your head is strong.

 

  • What to expect
    • Scabs will start to form over the new hairs and harden
    • You will feel itchy
    • Expect your forehead and eyes to begin swelling.
  • What you need to do
    • Do not pick at the scabs or itch
    • Rinse your hair with soap water.
      • You may shower, but do not let the shower stream touch the new hair.
      • Put a dime-sized amount of baby shampoo in your measuring cup. Then, fill it with 8oz of water and swirl it together.
      • Over a count of 10, pour the solution over your new hairs.
      • Rinse and repeat to cover all areas with new hair.
      • Gently pat or bloat your hair dry with a face towel
    • Avoid direct sun exposure
    • Continue everything else from the previous night (medications, ice, sleep position)
  • What you can do
    • Basic daily activities
    • Return to work
Washing your hair on Days 1-2

Most people a concerns about washing their hair the day after the procedure, but keeping your scalp clean is important. Just remember that you do not want a shower stream hit the area or rub it with your hands or towel. We hope this demonstration helps.

  • The goal is to let soap water run over your the are where new grafts were placed without touching the new grafts.
  • You may use a shower, but do not let the shower stream touch the new hair.
  • Put a dime-sized amount of baby shampoo in your measuring cup. Then, fill it with 8oz of water and swirl it together.
  • Over a count of 3 or longer, pour the soap water over your new hairs.
  • Repeat this process if you need to to cover all the new hairs
  • Rinse and repeat to cover all areas with new hair.
  • Gently pat or bloat your hair dry with a face towel

You may wash the rest of your hair including the hair collection area as you usually do.

 

Days 3-7 after your procedure

Your grafts are pretty secure. We can wash them more thoroughly, while being cautious. You can also start exercising lightly on day 3. Itching will become a problem and hair will start falling out. Its normal.

What to expect

  • The new hairs are secure. They can be handled gently.
  • Scabs and Hair will begin to fall out, especially in the shower
    • Seeing hair fall our seems scary, but it’s normal.After a hair replacement, all transplanted hairs will fall out. Mind you, these are the hair shafts falling out and not the follicles that we care about. These hairs were likely nearing the sheading phase naturally and were accelerated by the procedure. Not to worry, this is normal.
  • Swelling will get a little worse til day 4, but then begin to improve.
  • Drainage is also mostly gone.

 

  • What you need to do
    • Do not pick at your scabs.
    • Finish your antibiotics and steroid.
    • You can start taking Ibuprofen.
    • Stop the prescription pain reliever when you can.
    • You can sleep normally, but not on your stomach
    • Stop icing
    • Shampoo hair every day.
      • How to shampoo your hair (This only applies to areas of new hair. In other areas, use your normal routine)
        • For shampooing: Lather the shampoo in your hands pat the shampoo in. Do not rub it in.
        • For rinsing: Fill your measuring cup with 8oz of water and over a count of 3, pour it out.
        • For drying: Use a face towel to pat dry the area. Do not rub or shake the towel.
    • You can wear a loose-fitting cap but try to have your scalp exposed to hair as much as possible.
    • Avoid direct exposure 
  • What you can do
    • Light exercise or activities: 3 days
    • Intense exercise or activities: 6 days
Washing your hair on Days 3-7
https://youtu.be/ZlYjFOdT-LQ

Your hairs are more securely in place, so we can wash them more thoroughly. We still want to avoid rubbing.

 

You may use the shower, but do not let the shower stream hit you newly grafted hairs.
• For shampooing: Lather the shampoo in your hands pat the shampoo in. Do not rub it in.
• For rinsing: Fill your measuring cup with 8oz of water and over a count of 3, pour it out.
• For drying: Use a face towel to pat dry the area. Do not rub or shake the towel.

You can continue to wash other ares of your hair including the hair collection site normally.

Controling Itching
https://youtu.be/cANqY17HS5g

Itching is common and can be quite cumbersome. Here is why and a few ways to control it. In a separate video we’ll show you how to use mineral oil.

How to use mineral oil
https://youtu.be/tMBimWMoJbw

Mineral oil can be help for itching. You can use it once or twice a day. We thought it would be helpful to show you how to use it.

Weeks 1-3 after your procedure

Once you arrive at our office our team will begin to prepare for your hair transplant. We wanted to let you know what is going on behind the scenes and what to expect.

 

  • What to expect
    • The new hairs are solidly in place. They can handle your normal hair washing routine.
    • Your new hairs will continue to fall out. Typically, all the new hairs will fall out by 4 weeks after your procedure and start to grow back in about 3 months
    • Other, non-transplanted hairs may also fall out. This is normal. The is a common condition called “shock” loss. Some hairs that were close to their sheading phase of were “shocked” by the procedure and accelerated to shred. They will growth back in about 3 months.
    • Swelling is most resolved.
    • A follow up with Dr. Schierle to answer any questions
  • What you need to do
    • Thoroughly wash your hair daily using your normal routine and products.
    • Avoid direct sun exposure
  • What you can do
    • Use combs and brushes: 3 weeks
    • Dandruff or OTC medicated shampoo: 3 weeks
    • Topical haircare products: 3 weeks
    • Hair cut outside the area of new hair: 3 weeks
One month after your procedure

Our team is great and your in good hands. Ask them any question you have. Let us know if you would like lunch. Most patients decide to power through and end sooner, but either is fine.

 

  • What to expect
    • Your newly transplanted hairs have fallen out plus some normal hairs.
  • What you need to do
    • Start maintenance therapies (LaserCap or Topical Rx)
    • Wear physical sunscreen on your scalp when in direct sun light
  • What you can do
    • LaserCap therapy: 4 weeks
    • Topical Rx: 4 weeks
    • Hair cut: Wait 6 weeks in areas of new hairs and 2 weeks elsewhere.
    • Curling or straightening hair: 6 weeks
    • Coloring hair: 8 weeks
Expections between month 1 & 3

You will not see any thing between months 1 and 3. By month one, the vast majority of your newly grafted hairs and some of you original hairs will fall out. But do not worry, this is normal and the hair are transitioning into the growth phase.

Continue to use you maintenance therapies at this time. The hairs follicle are there and they will respond to treatment positively.

Months 3 to 9 after your procedure.

Months 3-6 are exciting because you grafted hairs are sprouting. Sometimes this will cause issues with ingrown hair and pimples, but that is normal.

  • What to expect
    • New hairs will start sprouting over months 3-6 after your procedure.
    • You will see some ingrown hairs and some pimples. These hairs are trying to break through the surface.
  • What you need to do
    • Continue maintenance therapies (LaserCap or Topical Rx)
    • Try not to pop any other the pimples. Instead monitor for formation of an infected cyst. These will be red, tense and painful.
    • If you see an in grown hair that has partly made it through the surface, you may help it make its way through the skin, but do not pull it out
  • What you can do
    • You have no restrictions.
    • Make sure you are on a mantenance treatment.
Months 9-12 after your procedure.

All you hair should have sprouted by this time, but they may be short. Hairs grow at 1cm/month so be patient. Regardless you should be seeing better coverage of your scalp.

  • What to expect
    • All new the new hairs have grown in.
    • Hairs will continue to grow, but it is safe to say that this is your final result.
  • What you need to do
    • Continue maintenance therapies.

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