After a FUE hair trasplant
Your trip and the busy days of your procedure are over, and now begins the stage at which you begin to notice several changes and start to enjoy your hair again.
Looking in the mirror and asking yourself, “Is this how I’m going to look?” can go on for up to a year after surgery, but with a little patience, in four months you’ll start to have hair that covers what you want it to cover with a very natural, healthy look.
THE FIRST DAYS
You’ll notice slight swelling in the receiving area for the first few days after the transplant, which will disappear around the sixth or seventh day.
The traces of blood in the receiving area will disappear with each daily washing until disappearing completely around day seven, day 15 at the latest. It is important not to scratch at them: they will most definitely go away and you shouldn’t put the receiving area under any unnecessary stress. Remember, at this stage patience is your best ally.
Another symptom you might notice is redness in the receiving area, which usually disappears within 10 days, but there’s no need to worry if it lasts longer; everyone heals at a different rate.
After you enjoy a few days sporting your new look and a full head of hair, don’t be alarmed when hair begins to fall out again around the third week, as the hair goes into a resting or telogen phase in which the follicles release hair, gradually regenerating until all the grafted hair is recovered again.
The good part comes once this phase has ended and over the following weeks, as you see new hair emerge every day to gradually repopulate your head and slowly cover all the transplanted areas. The duration of this process can vary between patients but averages about three months.
The new hair, while healthy, will grow in thinner and lighter, but it is only a question of time before it begins to thicken and grow in your normal hair colour. Pimples will also appear on the scalp that you shouldn’t touch, since they indicate the birth of new hair looking to break through the skin, and although the hair is “trapped” it is an excellent sign that the
process is well on its way, and that new hair will soon grow to give you more volume and shape.
Substantial growth is seen between the fifth and sixth months; the hair will be approximately five to seven centimetres long and the hair shaft will begin to thicken.
A major evolution can be noticed between the seventh and tenth month. Thicker and longer hair will make the overall appearance of the head look completely normal and identical to that of other people with healthy hair.
The final result can really be seen a year after surgery, although some people continue noticing improvements for longer. This hair is now permanent and you can comb it and treat it any way you like.
After the first year following transplantation you can start using shampoos and all the products you want on your hair: the transplanted hair has “settled” and using these products is now just as safe as with the hair you never lost.
As well as on the receiving area the donor area is slightly suffering, always depending on how many follicles are extracted. Healthy follicles are removed from the donor area to be replanted onto zones where the scalp is bald. In the beginning you will see a less beautiful crusty area, but it does not take long to get better and you will recognize a fast healing. With the following pictures we would like to illustrate the development and recovery of the donor area.