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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Well, if you have FUE you will have the back of your head shaved with probably no visible marks in a week.  Strip method you will not shave back of head but be left with a permanent scar running across back of your head.  Donor site can be hidden well with longer hair - perhaps immediately.  However, in about 7 to 10 days the scabs at donor site should be gone.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Only the Patient can answer that question...

Depends on the type of hair transplantation, extent that the operation is noticeable, and your privacy concerns. If you want to conceal the surgery, wait 10-14 days to ensure both donor and recipient sites heal. For those in office based jobs with no privacy concerns, you can return to work/social activity in 4 days after FUE (follicular unit extraction) transplants. - Dr. Keaney

Terrence Keaney, MD
Washington DC Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hair Transplant Recovery Time

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.

Hair Transplant Recovery Time Varies

Actually it all depends on the case of the patient being transplanted. If it is a small case of 500 grafts that has enough existing hair then the best possible answer is the next day. He or she can enjoy the normal life of being outside and confident with his or her hair mass.

Colin Hong, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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How Long After Hair Transplant Surgery Can One Comfortably Go out in Public?

Thank you for your question. Surgical hair restoration transfers your own hair follicles from a donor site to a recipient site. Following the hair transplant procedure, there are usually visible 'scabs' at the recipient sites, which fall off by about 10 days after the procedure. At this point, most people feel comfortable being seen in public.

James M. Pearson, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hair Transplant time until back in public

  • We like procedures on Wednesday through Friday, so patients can recover over the weekend.
  • Than back of the head has a shaved portion for donor hair, and the front and top will have little scabs and swelling-- and these are pretty obvious for about 4-5 days
  • By a  week from surgery, patient can be out and about, and no one should notice much-- however people who know you well will notice a hair cut difference if you shaved or cut the back short.   
  • The front grafted hairs are tiny and are not so noticeable until they grow in-- this is good so you do not just show up with a full head on hair on one day!
  • Some people, and most all women, grow hair long and hide the donor site under a long length of hair
  • For important events like big meetings, weddings, leave a month just to be safe.
  • I know its not the  most specific  answer, because it depends on your circumstances.  My general rule is - one week you look obvious, the next you are pretty good, the third you are very normal, and by 4 weeks looking normal. 
  • Hairs grow in over 6-9 months
  • Best of luck in treating your hair loss!

Michael Suzman, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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It depends what is your tolerance

In my practice I perform only FUE type procedures (robotic or Neograft) to avoid ugly linear donor scars. In these cases you need to have short cut of the donor areas.
There are several options though - either you go for a short cut look (you can wear a baseball hat next day and nothing a week later) or use "stealth procedure" where you can cover the donor site with a longer hair or go for a hair piece (taupe) - all of these are described on our website or in the video I attached

You can go out in public the same day.

You can go out in public the same day.  You can wear a hat and it should be fine.  Without a hat, it would depend on if you have enough hair to cover over the transplanted hairs.  In general it takes about 2 weeks for scabs and redness to go away.  Not all patients have swelling.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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How Long After Hair Transplant Surgery Can One Comfortably Go out in Public?

If you have FUE hair transplant, then most likely you would have had the back and sides of your head shaved down. The tiny little holes in the donor heal remarkably fast within 24-48 hours, but obviously your hair does not grow that fast! So if you are happy to have the 'shaved' look for a while, you may feel comfortable being seen after 2 days or so
If you have strip FUT hair transplant, then most likely the site where the donor was taken from will be completely hidden with your existing hair above it. This means that the site is completely hidden immediately after the operation and no one can tell
With both the above methods however, you will have tiny little crusts in the recipient area, probably thousands of them, that you may or may not be able to hide dependent on the amount of pre-existent hair you can style over them. If you cannot hide this area with hair, then expect them to be visible for 1-2 weeks after the hair transplant procedure

Bessam Farjo, MBChB
Manchester Hair Restoration Surgeon
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How long before you can go out in public without anyone noticing?

As little as 7-10 days, though sometimes longer,  depending upon several things: 

  • How visible the transplanted area is, and how much surrounding hair there is to camouflage it.

  • How much your skin reacts to the surgery--some people's scalps stay redder longer.  Normally, 7 to 10 days should be sufficient healing time for the recipient area. In extreme cases, it may take 10-14 days until the scalp looks back to normal again. 

  • How visible the donor harvesting is.  Immediately following strip surgery by an experienced surgeon, a person who wears his hair more than half an inch long typically has little or no change in the appearance of the back and sides of the head, since the shaved area is gone and the incision (and the remaining linear scar) is covered by the overlying hair; thus, the donor area can be presentable from day one. For someone who wears his hair very short and has an FUE procedure, the donor area should be sufficiently healed to pass for normal in a week or two. If you wear your hair long, and for some reason decide to have FUE surgery, you would either need to shave any other hair on the rest of your head to match the back of your head, or wait until the shaved donor area catches up to the rest of your head.

  • Whether or not you develop any swelling. Though this is a much less common  occurrence than it used to be, some people – particularly those who have had a lot of grafts placed in the hairline zone –  will  experience swelling in the forehead and occasionally down the bridge of the nose and around the eyes, sometimes with bruising. This typically appears on post-op day 3, gets a little worse on day 4 & 5, and resolves over the next few days. 

Jonathan Ballon, MD
Atlanta Hair Restoration Surgeon
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