Will Wearing hats after FUE effect hair growth?

Hi I'm 6 weeks post fue for the past 8-10 days I have been wearing a beanie hat (wooly hat) it's not tight like a cap on & off through out the day. No more then 4 hours a day. Sometimes i wear it in the gym. My doctor said after four weeks it's fine but I have heard elsewhere you shouldn't wear hats as it don't allow the hair to take in oxygen. Where do I stand should I stop wearing a hat with immidiate effect. Thanks

Doctor Answers 7

Wearing hats after FUE

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Wearing a hat 6 weeks after your FUE should not affect the transplanted grafts anymore than your regular hair.  After about 5 days, transplanted grafts are part of your skin and living tissue.  I allow my patients to wear loose fitting hats 5 days after the procedure.  After 2 weeks they can wear a hat as much as they want.

Irvine Hair Restoration Surgeon
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As far as we know, most of the body depends on oxygen that is processed via the lungs so your scalp is not going to be deprived by a hat.  No science has shown hats to cause or be related to hair growth. After a procedure, they do not like hats because they mess with healing tissue but not because of the oxygen. 

Rashid M. Rashid, PhD, MD
Houston Dermatologist

Wearing a Hat after FUE

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We give out hats to our patients for their elective use of them. They are not fancy, just trucker hats but they are clean and new. You can wear a hat anytime, just don't let if rub on the frontal hairline when you wear it.

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Wearing hats do not affect hair loss.  Wearing hats do not affect hair growth.  But if your doctor says don't wear hats, then follow your doctors advice.

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Wearing hats after a transplant

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One of the biggest myths or misconceptions is that wearing hats deprive the scalp of oxygen. That's not how it works

Wearing a hat is ok if the first two weeks is fine provided it is put on and taken off with extreme care. After 2 weeks, a hat can be worn any way you like

Hairs get their oxygen from blood vessels inside the scalp - not from diffusion from outside to inside

Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD
Vancouver Dermatologist

2 weeks post surgery return to normal activities

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After two weeks post procedure there is nothing you can do to either help or harm the follicles unless you bump your head.  Patients are free to go back to a normal routine at the two week mark post procedure. 

Hats are fine 2 weeks after a FUE hair transplant

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The risk of graft dislodgement is greatest within the first 5 days after a FUE hair transplantation.  I err on the side of caution and advise my patients to avoid hats (i.e. friction on the transplanted grafts) for 1-2 weeks after the procedure.  The hair follicles get oxygen from the capillaries (red blod cells) that supply the hair. - Dr. Keaney

Terrence Keaney, MD
Arlington Dermatologic Surgeon

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