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?
How Long After Hair Transplant Surgery Can One Comfortably Go out in Public?
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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.
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With the old "strip" surgery there was downtime that was needed. However, with the new FUE procedure and our technique we have people returning back to work that next morning. There is very little downtime and pain free. The FUE procedure does not leave a scar, stitches or sutures and it is not visible to the average eye. Saying this we have patients who return right back to work and no one asking them why they were out. It is very easy to be undetected.
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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.
How long until you can go out without concern?
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.
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