- No aspirin, aspirin containing products, ibuprofen, Aleve, alcohol, tobacco-products, fish oil, or vitamin E for 1 week following your procedure.
- When bending down, bend at your knees only, keeping your head above your heart.
- No exercise, sports, sex, or other vigorous activity for 1 week following your procedure.
- The donor area will feel like a dull throbbing headache and the implanted area will feel like a sunburn; prescription pain and sedative medications are provided.
- Sleep in an upright position at a 45 degrees the first 3-5 nights after your procedure.
- Prop your head up with 2 pillows or sleep in a recliner; an airplane pillow around your neck can also help to hold your head in place.
- A surgical hat will be provided to help avoid any inadvertent rubbing of the grafts while you are asleep.
- Minor bleeding may occur from the donor area, and can be controlled by applying gentle but firm pressure with a dampened gauze; do not rub.
- Contact the office if there is significant bleeding from the implanted area.
- Swelling of the forehead and around the eyes often occurs 2-3 days after the procedure and lasts for a few days.
- Begin using ice packs immediately after the procedure, for 20 minutes every hour while awake, and continue for the next 3-4 days; do not touch the grafts.
- Hot compressions will worsen swelling.
- Do not wash your head for 24-48 hours after the procedure.
- Wet your head by pouring a few cups of water from the middle of your forehead back; do not let the shower hit your head for the first 6 days, this can dislodge the grafts.
- Using a non-medicated shampoo, get a good handful of lather and gently pat the implanted area; do not rub the grafts.
- Then apply shampoo to the donor area with gentle rubbing; this will break up the scabbing and help the back of your head to heal within 1 week.
- Rinse the shampoo off, again pouring cups of water from the forehead back.
- On day 6 of showering, you should begin to use the pads of your 2 index fingers to gently massage away the scabs around your new grafts; you may also begin to allow the shower to hit your head as tolerated.
- Only massage your scabs while they are wet in the shower; do not pick or scratch at these scabs at any time, this can endanger the healing of your grafts, cause scarring, or promote infection.
- The scabs in the donor area should be gone in 1 week; the scabs around the grafts will be gone within a few days after you begin to massage them in the shower on day 6.
- There may be an occasional hair shaft in a scab that falls out, however the hair follicle/bulb is still in the scalp.
- If necessary, hats may be worn after day 5; Only a loose cap with the brim not touching any of the grafts.
Hair growth cycle
- 3-4 weeks after the procedure, all of the hair shafts will fall out.
- New hair growth will begin between 2 and 6 months, with all of the hairs coming in at different times.
- Between 6 and 12 months the hairs will all have time to fully grow and fill in; 12 months after your procedure is considered your final result.
- Follow-up visits will be by appointment at 1 week, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months post procedure; after photos will be taken at each visit.
- Take your antibiotic prescription until it is gone.
- No medicated shampoo for 3 weeks after the procedure.
- No hair products or hair dying for 8 weeks after the procedure.
- Prescription for Propecia/finestaride is available by request.
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