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Patients can typically return to most work-related tasks the after a hair transplant procedure, but they also must take numerous precautions in the first few weeks of recovery. Hair transplantation results primarily depend on the surgeon and clinic but they also depend on the patient after the procedure. Inability to follow post-procedure instructions can significantly impact a hair transplants' success via dislodged grafts, follicular damage, scarring, and more. That mentioned, hair transplants require less recuperation than ever before.
While significantly less invasive than in the past, all current hair transplant methods leave superficial wounds that patients remain aware of during post-procedure recovery. The amount of precautions patients must take decreases over time; as grafts heal there is increasingly less chance of hair follicles dislodging, scarring, or other complications.
Precautions include sleeping in an upright position as well not rubbing the scalp, undergoing physical strain, allowing much UV exposure, or even wearing a hat too tight. Thankfully, there are time constraints for how long patients must take such precautions before transplants recover. The type of hair transplant method also affects the type of precautions and how long patients must take them.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is the least invasive method popularly available, and involves minute extractions of follicles and then their transplantation into a recipient area.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), meanwhile, is an older technique that involves extracting a swath of donor tissue and subdividing it for follicular grafts.
Patients heal much quicker from FUE than FUT. The latter's donor area requires months more healing, as well regular attention from the patient. The wound's overall size also increases the risk of infection or other problems, such as added scarring. Goes without saying, FUT patients must receive a different set of post-procedure instructions than FUE patients.
Most patients at Forhair receive Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®), Dr. Cole's namesake FUE variant, among the least invasive techniques available. It offers numerous benefits, including next to no chance of visible scarring and the exclusive ability to regenerate donor follicles. The addition of Cytokine Rich Plasma (CRP), Dr. Cole's specialized variant of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), speeds recovery a tremendous amount: follicles fully activate within four and a half months rather than the typical year. Visit our Procedure page to learn more about recovering from FUE and visit our CRP/ACell page to learn more about the treatment.
You should avoid alcohol for three days following your hair replacement procedure and abstain from smoking for two weeks. When in strong sunlight, you should wear a hat. After two weeks you may use a sunscreen with a SPF of 30+