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A patient's ability to return to work depends on the transplant type. Strip surgeries such as FUT, for instance, require more time for recuperation. FUE is generally less invasive; near all patients can return to work the day following the procedure, though they should avoid strenuous activities. Dr. Cole's namesake FUE variant, Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®), is additionally one of the least invasive variants of FUE. This provides numerous benefits, among them less severe effects from the transplant during post-op recovery.
Returning to work after a recent transplant often requires some adjustments. Patients must still follow post-op instructions at work. These include avoiding strenuous activities, bending over, and direct sunlight while remaining upright and using post-op treatments and medicines at the correct times. Different work environments and roles have different obligations, yes, but proper post-op maintenance is critical for successful results. Post-op instructions become far less restrictive within a week and ease increasingly the week following.
Some transplant options are also more discreet. No-shave CIT®, for instance, minimizes the transplantation's initial visibility. Pre-existing hair of all but the shortest lengths cover the extraction areas and, with a bit of styling, the recipient areas. This discrete appearance is great for busy professionals, though those who opt for No-shave CIT® should still cover their heads outside to protect against sun exposure.
Complications may interfere with some work-related tasks or scenarios. Initial swelling, for instance, may go down within the first 24 hours only to recure the following 48 hours. Worse yet, such swelling can more severe, spreading from the forehead to the eyes and cheeks. Near all cases of swelling subside within 48 to 72 hours after it develops, though more severe instances may require up to a week. Patients who experience swelling will probably want to reschedule any professional or social engagements. The swelling itself, though, is rarely so severe to inhibit mobility, sight, or the ability to communicate.
Overall, most patients start completing work-related tasks the day following their procedure. They may adjust their schedule a bit, considering post-op instructions or their appearance, but by and large enjoy their normal day-to-day. Learn more about CIT® recovery and results on our Procedure Overview page.
CIT® patients often return to work the very next day. Most initially avoid strenuous lifting or similar activities unless imperative, as doing so right after the procedure can effect results. Some patients may resume light exercise a day or two after the procedure. This is unlike strip surgery, that often requires a week to ten days.