Period after Hair Transplant using the Strip Method
After the surgery, we accompany the patient to the hotel. It is important for the patient to rest during the first evening following the surgery.
The recipient area (the area to which the hair has been transplanted) should not come into contact with anything during sleep. It is important to avoid any trauma to the recipient area.
Although most patients report no pain following the surgery, it is recommended for the patient to take analgesics twice a day for 3–4 days, in case of pain.
The next day, we accompany the patient to the clinic to remove the bandage covering the donor zone, and for a physical examination.
During the post-surgical period, it is essential that the patient washes his or her head on the second or third day after the surgery. The clinic officer helps the patient to wash his or her head for the first time and demonstrates how to do it unassisted in the future.
The stitches in the donor area begin to dissolve around the 14th day. During this period, the hairs will fall out from the transplanted bulbs, but this is normal and does not indicate any problem.
To avoid stretching of the sutures during the recovery period, physical activities are only allowed beginning 8–12 days after surgery.
The growth of hair from the transplanted grafts begins during the second month and can be accompanied by a small amount of dermal irritation, which quickly subsides during the process of hair growth.
The sutures become almost invisible after the eighth month, as the hair grows.
The first hairs that grow are more twisted than the patient’s normal hair and can be hard to brush. However, after a couple of haircuts, the structure of the hair is restored to its usual form. Within a year after the surgery, all differences will be unnoticeable.
Photographs of patients' donor area