Hair Transplant Recovery Timeline

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Hair Transplant Recovery Timeline

Hair transplant surgery is moderately complicated and takes about 4 hours to complete. Since, the results of the surgery greatly depend upon the skill of the hair transplant expert, it is a must that you invest some time and efforts to research for the best hair transplant clinic in your area. The next step is to schedule a preliminary meeting with hair transplant expert. During this meeting, the doctor will try to assess the causes behind your hair loss. Injuries, burn, genetics, diseases are some common causes which can be certainly treated with a hair transplant procedure.

In this procedure, hair from the patient or from other donor are harvested on the bald patches. The doctor cuts a strip of size 1-1.5 x 15-30 cm from the donor or hairy patch from the patient himself. While removing fatty tissue underneath, care must be taken so as not harm follicular cells. The surgeon prepares the recipient site by making punctures into the scalp using a very thin needle. The donor grafts are then transplanted at the recipient site. The density is determined by the pattern of baldness and is often decided before the procedure. A density of 50 grafts per square cm is generally considered sufficient enough to cover any baldness. The recovery begins after the procedure and continues over next several weeks.

Day 1 to 12
On the next day of the procedure, the scalp is washed clean with an antibacterial chemical shampoo. Blood in grafts is removed and the hair is washed thoroughly. After the procedure, it is natural to feel some numbness and tingling sensation at the donor site. The recipient site is also red and swollen. You should expect the swelling to subside by the end of the week. Redness and pain also diminishes eventually.

Day 12 to 14
Generally, sometime in the second week after the surgery, the absorbable sutures fall off while the remaining can be removed by your doctor or...
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