If you’re considering a hair restoration procedure this summer, you may be concerned about how to take care of your hair and scalp right after your surgery.
Many people believe that sweating after a hair transplant can cause problems. The good news is that a few simple steps are all you need to assure the health of your new implants and scalp.
Here are helpful tips from Dr. Anthony Farole, a hair restoration expert who has worked with thousands of men and women in the Bala Cynwyd and Greater Philadelphia area.
Sweating isn’t a problem for transplanted hair
If you’ve just had a hair transplant and you’re worried about problems caused by sweat, you can relax. Sweating will not dislodge the transplanted hair. It’s true that excess moisture on your scalp can create ideal conditions for microbial growth, but keeping your hair and scalp clean after surgery is relatively easy.
The small incisions in your scalp where hair has been harvested – known as the donor area – as well as incisions where hair was transplanted, which is known as the recipient area – will heal within a few days. During this healing period, all you need to do is rinse the area with warm water. You can use a pitcher or bowl to do this.
After your scalp heals, it’s perfectly OK to shower, bathe and wash your hair with regular water pressure and hair care products.
Can I hurt my new implants by rubbing too hard?
During the first 7 to 10 days while your scalp is healing, it’s important not to dislodge the grafts while you are washing or brushing your hair. The blood vessels in the area are healing, too, right along with the skin that covers your scalp, so you want to be as gentle as possible when caring for your hair.
If your scalp begins to bleed, this means you may have dislodged a graft. If this happens, it’s a good idea to contact Dr. Farole for special instructions.
Keeping the hair transplant area clean
The recipient area on your scalp can benefit from gentle daily washing to make sure that crusts do not form. Using a sponge to carefully massage the area can help with this.
If crusts do appear, they can be gently massaged with a cotton-tipped swab dipped in soapy water. Be sure not to rub hard – just roll the cotton tip lightly over the crust. This will remove it without harming the delicate blood vessels that are forming around the implant.
After 10 days, you can wash your hair just as you would have before transplant surgery.
Have more questions? Contact Dr. Farole today
Dr. Farole knows that if you’re thinking about hair restoration, you may have many issues you’d like to discuss – and he’s happy to share what he has learned in caring for thousands of patients in the Greater Philadelphia area. Call our office in Bala Cynwyd now to schedule a personalized consultation.