How to Get the Best FUE Hair Transplant Results
A large percentage of men and women from all over the world suffer from some level of hair loss that can eventually lead to balding. While some hair loss can be caused by illness or poor nutrition, the main cause of hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia, or male-pattern/female-pattern balding. It can eventually result in a permanent loss of hair. FUE hair transplants are a surgical process to restore hair to areas that have been affected by balding. New hair growth takes about 3 months to start and a full year to fully grow in. Properly caring for your hair after an FUE hair transplant will help improve your success rate and will help ensure the best results!
Hair Transplant Recovery Tips
The very first thing to start with is to make sure that you are gentle around your transplant area after your procedure. Apply any medication that has been provided to the areas as prescribed, using minimal pressure to avoid disturbing the sections of transplanted hair. Wait at least 48 hours before you start to shampoo your hair. Use a baby shampoo because it is the gentlest. After a week, you can start using a gentle shampoo to carefully cleanse the area around the hair follicles. Carefully, with a light touch, apply the shampoo. Avoid any rubbing motions. Rinse using a cup or a bowl of water, avoiding strong, direct water pressure. Pat the transplant area dry using a soft towel for the first 2 weeks.
Once the healing begins, you may start to notice slight itching and scabbing around the transplanted area. Avoid picking at the small scabs or scratching this area.
Sometimes a patient also has some minor folliculitis. In that case, Loprox will be prescribed. Loprox will take the itching, redness, and irritation away within the first few days of using it.
Limit your activities for the first few days immediately after your transplant. All physical activities such as jogging, exercising, and sports should be avoided for at least the first 7 to 10 days.
Try to eat a balanced diet that contains a variety of healthy foods. Good nutrition may improve your hair growth as well as keep you in overall good health. Your diet should include antioxidant foods such as blueberries, peppers, cherries, and tomatoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water each day.
After the second week, you are free to get your hair cut and styled however you want. That is a good time to also treat yourself to a gentle scalp massage. You can even try these ingredients to help stimulate your hair growth: essential oils of rosemary, sage, and peppermint. Most higher-end salons, spas, and hairdressers will offer you these oils. Ask if it is possible to get a hot towel treatment as well as a head massage while you are there.
The hair that has been transplanted is permanent. But the hairs that were already there may not last as long. So using minoxidil/Rogaine can help your hair last longer. This is offered in many forms such as a shampoo or spray. However, do not use minoxidil for the first month after a hair transplant, as it will dry out the area of the transplanted hairs and may affect the results.