Winter is probably the ideal time to get a hair transplant done. You know why? Because winters provide you with a legitimate reason to wear a cap as you recover from hair transplant. Now you must be wondering how long will it take to recover from surgical hair restoration. But there is another question that our experts at Dubai Hair Club answer almost daily, and that is “whether or not there is pain during hair transplant?” or “what is the extent of pain endured during a hair transplant?” It is very common and normal for the patients to be nervous before surgery due to the anticipation of how the hair transplant may feel.
If you are also planning to undergo hair transplant surgery and are worried about the extent of pain involved and healing time required, you have come to the right place. Here we will discuss both these questions in detail.
How much painful is a hair transplant?
At Dubai Hair Club, one of the leading hair transplant clinics in UAE, Hair Transplant Surgery is a simple, outpatient procedure performed in a very relaxing environment with local anesthesia. Local anesthesia is administered twice, once in the donor area before harvesting donor grafts and then in the recipient area before plantation of harvested grafts. This makes hair transplantation a virtually painless procedure. Nevertheless, once the effect of anesthesia subsides, expect to experience some pain and discomfort. After all, it is a surgical procedure!
How can I manage pain after hair transplant?
To help you minimize the pain and manage the post-surgical discomfort, your surgeon will prescribe you some pain management medications. It is crucial that you stick to the doctor’s prescription and avoid self medication, as there are certain pain killers which fall under the category of blood-thinners and are strictly prohibited for at least a couple of weeks before and after surgery. Applying cold compress also helps alleviate post-transplant pain and discomfort, but be very gentle, or you may end up dislodging the newly transplanted grafts.
How long will it take for healing?
Healing starts immediately after the surgery and within five to seven days substantial healing has already taken place. However, the healing time varies with the type of hair transplant you choose. FUT Hair Transplant involves cutting and stitching of the scalp for graft harvesting and thus needs more time to recover. On the other hand, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) causes tiny, pinhole scars in the donor area which heal quite quickly. Most patients go back to work after 3 days, but it is recommended to take rest of at least 5-7 days. Complete healing usually takes 10 to 14 days. But hair regrowth takes 3 to 4 months to be notable.
How can I speed up recovery after hair transplant?
If you want to recovery quickly and uneventfully, carefully follow your surgeon’s post-op instructions. Start taking prescription medicines immediately after the surgery. Avoid blood thinning medications as well as cigarettes and alcoholic beverages for at least 7 to 10 days. Sleep with your head elevated at 45 degrees for 36-48 hours after the transplant. Head washing is also not allowed for 24-36 hours. Massaging is a big no for at least a couple of weeks, as rubbing the scalp vigorously can dislodge the newly transplanted grafts. Last but not the least, avoid scratching the scars no matter how discomfort you may feel. Cold compress can help alleviate the discomfort.
Follow these tips and tricks to recover safely and to get the most out of your hair transplant surgery.