When considering FUE in Toronto, planning how many days you should take off could have you scratching your head. The answer varies from client to client, and a lot depends on the extent of the restoration to take place as well as your lifestyle. To learn all of the essentials of your FUE (follicular unit extraction) procedure planning from beginning to end, we recommend a comprehensive consultation with Toronto FUE hair transplant specialist, Dr. Cory Torgerson. He can address all your questions and concerns, then design a hair transplant surgery that beautifully merges your needs with all that modern hair restoration delivers.
FUE Toronto: How Many Days Should You Take Off?
How Many Days Should You Take Off?
How is Toronto FUE performed?
Follicular unit extration is state-of-the-art hair restoration. With the latest digitally-enhanced systems such as NeoGraft and SmartGraft, the scarring concerns and the lengthy recovery of past methods are virtually obsolete.
One by one, follicular units are harvested from your hair donor site. (This is typically a zone at the back of the scalp where hair growth is dense.) Grafts are then transplanted to the recipient site where hair loss is evident. Although it takes longer to complete, FUE Toronto is the preferred method among Dr. Torgerson’s hair transplant patients. Its popularity is derived from the nearly invisible scarring and condensed recovery time.
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How long does it take to recover from hair transplant surgery?
Typically, a patient can expect to recover for 3 to 5 days following FUE Toronto. However, Day 10 is considered the magic number. At that stage, the patient can expect the hair follicles to be securely established in the donor site. This general timeline assumes a healthy patient and scalp plus adherence to all post-operative instructions. Knowing your surgeon and the safety practices of the clinic are essential. Your lifestyle while healing after a hair transplant also influences recovery.
How to decide the number of days off from work
Hair transplant surgery is unique among cosmetic procedures in that you won’t be significantly impaired for most types of work after a few days. You can move about, drive, read, socialize, and more. You can travel immediately after your hair restoration. The 2 critical factors that influence time off the most are the strenuous nature of your work and your preferred level of discretion.
For the first issue, your surgeon will tell you which activities are considered too strenuous for optimal healing in the first week or two. That can include working out at the gym, heavy lifting, all aerobic exercise, and anything that causes you to sweat. You’ll also be asked to avoid swimming and otherwise submerging your scalp in water, which could rule out certain vacation plans if you’re going somewhere nice on your time off.
When it comes to privacy, the guidelines are far more personal. Circumstances in your life or even the weather can significantly impact how many days you should plan to be off work.
The transplanted grafts generally take hold within the first 7 to 10 days. It’s crucial that you don’t disturb the grafts. The scalp must be kept clean and free from irritation or pressure. You could wear a soft hat, but if it would appear unusual in your workplace, you may want to wait until you have fully healed and all signs of scabbing or redness resolve before returning. Likewise, if the climate is hot, throwing a wool hat on at work might draw unwanted attention.
Stay Out of the Sun
Exposing your healing scalp to the sun is not allowed, but covering up with a hat or staying in the shade may be tricky in your line of work. Once you’ve completely healed after 2 weeks, sunblock can be applied.
Some patients are very self-conscious about their image, especially in a competitive labour force. They may want to be inconspicuous about their hair transplant surgery. Celebrities and others in the public eye often “disappear” for a while when recovering from hair transplant surgery. If this sounds like a good idea to you, try arranging work from home and telecommuting until you’re comfortable making an appearance. Be cautious if planning a mini-vacation during recovery time, because sunbathing, sports, swimming, and certain other activities cannot be on the agenda.
Perhaps surprisingly, you’ll look just like you always do for a few months after FUE Toronto surgery. During your hair transplant consultation, you’ll learn about the time frame for new growth. An experienced surgeon will set realistic expectations. A new head of thick, luxurious hair will not appear overnight. Full growth typically takes several months to appear after a hair transplant.
Your surgeon may also talk to you about “shock loss”. This phenomenon arises when the implanted hair or strands surrounding the grafts fall out a few weeks after surgery. The follicles themselves will produce new hairs after roughly 3 months, so pushing out the old strands to make way for the new is nothing to be alarmed about and will be temporary.
It’s reasonable to be concerned that hereditary baldness will put your new hair at risk, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Strategic FUE Toronto hair transplant methods transfer DHT-resistant hairs, and they bring what’s known as “donor dominance” with them to the new location. (DHT is the hormone that causes male pattern baldness.) Whereas hair at the crown and hairline may be susceptible to shedding because of a genetic predisposition to patterned hair loss, the follicles at the back and sides of the scalp are often resistant. They make ideal, permanent transplant hairs.
Due to the progressive nature of pattern hair loss, patients should ensure that the majority of their fallout has stopped before hair transplant surgery. Some patients will opt to have future, additional hair restoration, depending on their needs and preferences.
You’re investing in your appearance, but the results depend on your actions too. You’ll be provided with post-op instructions, including how to wash your hair in the days following surgery and which activities to avoid. The hair transplant follow-up appointments are scheduled to allow for the close monitoring of your grafts and the surrounding tissues. Additionally, your surgeon will be able to quickly identify and fend off any potential complications in the unlikely event that they arise. You can enjoy an abundant new head of hair by adhering to Dr. Torgerson’s FUE recovery recommendations. Some clients also opt to continue using hair restoration medications like finasteride or minoxidil after their FUE hair transplant to bolster results.
Considering FUE in Toronto? Dr. Torgerson takes a personal interest in your well-being. Contact us for a consultation and learn about your exciting possibilities.