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Do I Have To Miss Work After Hair Restoration Surgery?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

As with any surgical procedure, you would have to worry about certain side effects or tedious maintenance. We are asked by every potential surgical patient, “When can I go back to work after my hair transplant surgery?”

Downtime doesn’t only apply to the amount of time you would spend away from your office or how soon you can return. This all depends on the type of work that you do, whether or not you can use a hat, how sensitive the issue of your hair transplant is and whether or not you want to keep it a secret.

We have a few follow up dates after the hair transplant surgery in our California Hair Transplant Offices and each must be completed. On the day after surgery, all patients must have a hair wash done in office to best instruct the patient. We make sure to clean the patient as thoroughly as possible without damaging the hair grafts in a professional and comfortable manner. We make sure the patient understands that scabbing and redness must be dealt with as soon as possible.

Patients are most concerned about how they will look the first few days. Redness and swelling are the most common side effect of the surgery and can last 4-5 days after the surgery. Patients can choose to wear a hat to cover the transplanted area from plain site.

On larger hair transplant cases, the swelling may actually progress to the eyebrow area or even the eyelids and under eyes. 5 to 6 days is all it should take for this kind of swelling to go down, generally. The swelling is most always triggered by large (2500 graft surgery) or mega-session (3000+ graft surgery) procedures but is almost undetectable on smaller cases.

The final concern or issue after hair transplant surgery is the visual aspect of the existing hair. Most cases, we trim the hair in both the recipient and donor area (0.5 to 2cm) and it will stay at about that length for 2 to 3 weeks. In about 90% of patients that undergo surgery, the transplant hair will fall out within the first 3 weeks. This means will look like they did before hair transplant surgery. By this point, there should not be any swelling or redness. Staples and/ or sutures are removed in less than 2 weeks after surgery and the transplanted hair follicles will then go into their resting phase until they are ready to grow again.

Hair Transplantation for Hair Line Lowering in Women

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

A recent patient of ours is looking into lowering her hairline to give her a more feminine and youthful frame for her face. She was a bit concerned when she read on our site that not many female hair loss patients are good candidates for hair restoration surgery.  Her concerns also included the probability of losing her newly transplanted hair, recovery time and if hair restoration surgery has any negative effect on the body itself.
Hair transplant surgery is a very useful procedure for those whom have lost a significant amount of hair.

One question many patients have asked our facility is, “How do I know if I’m a good hair transplant candidate?”.  Of the many patients whom are most concerned are our female hair loss patients.  Women with significant miniaturization or thinning of hair shafts associated to female pattern baldness are not good candidates for the surgery. On the topic of hair line lowering, as long as the donor area has not been compromised by female pattern hair loss it is possible to do the surgery.

Hair transplant surgery is a permanent and safe procedure for both men and women. In some cases, patients may experience some degree of shock loss or loss of native hair after the hair transplant procedure. This is sometimes seen in patients whom have a high level of miniaturization as is seen in male or female pattern baldness.

Recovery time does vary for each patient but it is not enough to limit your everyday function. Most patients can go back to school or work the next day after their surgery and can conceal their transplant easily with a hat, head cover or by combing their hair in a different style temporarily. The most common residual effect is generally swelling and redness at the recipient area. This is usually resolved within or after 3-4 days from surgery. Most clinics, like ours, will provide our patients with special medication to alleviate these symptoms.

Hair restoration surgery does not have any adverse effect on the rest of the body. The most that can result from hair transplant surgery is primarily in regards to the induced medications the day of surgery. We always recommend that you disclose any allergic reactions possibly associated to medications and to food to prevent any complications or even discomfort during or after the procedure. Hair transplant surgery is considered a minimally invasive procedure and the possibility of it having a negative effect on the body are considered unlikely.