What will it look like after the hair transplant procedure?

What will it look like after the hair transplant procedure and how fast can go back to work?

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The grafts form small scabs in the days after the procedure. If one has enough surrounding hair, these scabs can be camouflaged with creative styling. If not, the small scabs may be visible. By keeping the scalp moist, the scabs usually come off in about a week or so. The return time to work really depends on you, some wear a hat and go back to work after one to two days and some take a week off

post hair transplant healing


How a hair transplant looks after recovery depends on many factors. Hair transplantation requires years to master, particularly FUE. One of the first clinics to offer FUE, Forhair's unique techniques and treatments lead to faster growing, thicker results with minimal scarring. Forhair's patients often mention how people, even barbers, believe their hair has always been as full. Work from other clinics varies a great deal, but many results are less than stellar; around 40% of Dr. Cole's patients request he correct work done by previous clinics.    

How a transplant initial appears, meanwhile, depends on the transplant type. FUT leaves a linear scar that requires care while CIT® and FUE do not. Some transplant types, such as the no-shave CIT® variant, also helps enable patients to cover areas effected by the transplant. Overall, how a recent CIT® or FUE hair transplant appears corresponds to its stage of recovery. Patients free of complications all share some characteristics:

Initial redness: Transplants and donor areas remain red for up to a week, though in some cases a longer recovery time may be necessary.

Scabbing: Grafts form small scabs the days following the procedure. They are visible but do not attract too much attention in most cases. Key to a successful recovery is keeping the scalp moist, encouraging scabs to come off in around a week.

Swelling: Swelling may occur, particularly 48 to 72 hours after the transplant. If swelling occurs then it may appear on the scalp, forehead, and sometimes the eyes or cheeks. Near all cases are minor and subside within three days. Even more severe cases generally end within seven days.  

Dr. Cole recommends several treatments aid post-op recovery. These range from shampoos to gels that moisten the scalp, caring for scabs and further minimizing any chance of noticeable scars. After a year, or four and a half months with Dr. Cole's CRP treatment, transplant patients enjoy full transplant activity. How a transplant looks then depends on their specific result and the style they prefer to wear it in. Look at our Before and After Photos page for examples!


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