How Long After Hair Transplant Surgery Can One Comfortably Go out in Public?

Obviously anyone considering a hair transplant procedure is hoping to improve their outward appearance, but for those of us hoping to do so with discretion without calling attention I'm wondering how soon thereafter can one go out in public without concealing surgery (i.e. wearing a hat) or without visible traces?

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Healing time after hair restoration

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This is a great question.

However, you need to know the exact method your surgeon will use for harvesting the hairs.

If the surgeon is doing the strip method, the back of the scalp will be more noticeable and can take up to two weeks to be presentable.

If the surgeon is using FUE (manual FUE, NeoGraft, or Artas robotic system) then the harvest area is presentable in 6-7 days and the recipient site should be presentable in one to two weeks. If the recipient site has not been cut close, then the recipient site should look presentable one or two days after surgery.


Chicago Dermatologist
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Hair Transplant Recovery Time

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You can usually go out in public 3-7 days after hair transplantation. The wide variation is mostly dependent on the amount of hair at the recipient site before surgery, swelling, bruising, and scabbing. Because recovery is highly dependent on the specific patient, an experienced hair transplant surgeon will be able to guide you during your initial evaluation. From El Paso.

Frank Agullo, MD
El Paso Plastic Surgeon
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Back to Normal After Hair Transplant

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Hi there, and thanks for your excellent question. The amount of time that it takes you to resume your normal social events after hair transplant surgery depends largely on the specifics of the procedure you undergo, your own physiological response (such as bruising and scabbing), and your personal preferences.

I've found that most of the hair restoration patients at my La Jolla, CA practice feel comfortable going out without a hat after 1 or 2 weeks, but your doctor should be able to give you a more accurate prediction. Best of luck.

Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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How long until you can go out without concern?

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Part of your ability to resume regular life depends on how you generally wear your hair and the type of procedure you are having.  For most men, the main concern is the newly grafted areas.  A small scab will be present at the site of the new grafts for 7-10 days. For men that wear their hair a bit longer or are having fewer grafts, these sites can be covered within a few days.  For men that wear their hair shorter, it may take 7-10 days for the scabs to come off and the grafts to be less noticeable.  By 14 days following the procedure you should be confident about being able to go out and not have any noticeable signs of the procedure.

Grant Stevens, MD
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Social recovery

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Of course,the case itself and the method of the hair transplantation is very important for 'social recovery'.

For FUE Method 10 days later you will go out public without any noticeable traces.With a hat on its even possible in 3-4 days.On the other hand you will still have short hair.

For FUT Method if your hair is long enough its possible to go out in public in 3-4 days and there will be no noticeable traces.

For minor cases such as 1500-1600 grafts it's even faster.Just a day after you will be ready to go out in public.

Ilker Apaydin, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
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10-14 days after surgery you can go in public

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Consider non surgical methods such as Rogaine for now. There are many methods of hair transplantation.  Wanted them RFUE and another can be a surgical flap.  Grafts can be taken with as few as one hair follicle or multiple follicles.  The quality of the hair, the number of follicles per unit and the location in which the hair is to be placed are all important determinants in the final result.  While it is a common misconception that hair can and should be taken from any location, taking appropriate hair from an appropriate location is key to success.  For instance, one cannot always use hair from a beard to replace a frontal hairline.  The orientation in which Harris placed is also important.  If the frontal hairline is being created then it is important to make sure that hairs are aligned in the correct orientation.  The way the hair is also laid down, for example a staggered pattern versus a straight line will also change the quality of the result.  You should certainly visit with a surgeon who does many of these types of transplantations as well as offers multiple options for hair restoration.  The cost can vary by geographic locale.  In general they can arrange from $7000-$25,000.  When you go over consultation ask for before and after photographs.

Raj S. Ambay, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Going Out in Public After Hair Transplant Surgery

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This is a very good question and one we get frequently at my hair practice, Hair Restoration of Naples. The safest answer is 10 to 14 days.  The down time with NeoGraft follicular unit extraction is shorter than the strip method in most cases because there is no suture line or staples that accompany the strip technique.  The down time associated with NeoGraft is due to the redness and swelling from the donor sites and can be covered with hair growth in as little as 7 days.  So some patients are back in the public eye at 7-10 days, but others may require up to 2 weeks.

Kent V. Hasen, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
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Downtime Minimal Post Hair Transplant

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This is a great question and one we have very often in my practice at Austin Hair Graft. If you are in the situation that you do not want anyone to know you have had hair restoration we recommend 10-14 days. The great thing about FUE procedure is you are not dealing with any staples or sutures, so the majority of the down time is any swelling subsiding and there will be a little redness in the areas where the hair has been transplanted but that will also subside, and can be covered by the way you style your hair post procedure.  The down time is very minimal compared to the strip method.  If you have longer hair you have a greater chance of returning to public within 7-10 days.
 

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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It depends on the size of the hair transplant case - 500 grafts?

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Small cases of 500 grafts with enough existing hairs can result in going out the next day.  It has to do with the size of the case and the amount of existing hair.  

Rashid M. Rashid, PhD, MD
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Healing Time For FUE Hair Transplant

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This is dependent upon:

  • How much hair you have in tact (to mask the donor site
  • How much hair you had grafted (wounding at the recipient site)
  • What technique you had done

For an invasive technique that requires stitches or staples, like strip harvesting, the healing time is going to take a bit longer. And if you don't have adequate (and long enough) surrounding hair to mask this wound, it will be a telltale sign of surgery for at least two weeks. With a less invasive surgery like FUE, though the donor site is shaved close to the head, all signs of wounding or scabbing are usually gone within seven days

The recipient site for either technique generally heals (rids of scabbing) within 7 to 14 days.

 

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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