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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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!

New York Plastic 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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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.

Tim Neavin, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Neograft Recovery and Downtime

This is primarily dependent on the patients comfort level of being seen in public. Each patient will have a pressure dressing applied to the donor area which is to be worn for 2 days. Hats are not to be worn for 2 days either. Once the pressure dressing has been removed patients may wear a loose fitting, breathable hat. Some patients experience moderate swelling of the forehead once the pressure dressing has been removed. Most patients can return to work after 3 days.

David L. Robbins, MD, FACS
West Des Moines Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

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.

Return to work in 3-7 days after hair transplant

The typical range of returning to work and public is 3-7 days depending on your tolerance.

At day 3 after FUE:

1. You would need to wear a hat, hair piece, or use camouflage techniques.

2. Your hair would be stubble in the back of your head (like a 3 day beard) with many small red marks

3. The top of your head would have small scabs

4. You may have swelling in your forehead

At day 7 after FUE:

1. You will have some scabs remaining on the top

2. A military cut in the back of your head

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

Thank you for your question as this is one that is commonly asked.  For the strip method, you will likely have sutures or staples in for about 7-10 days and may be concealed depending on your length of hair.  For the FUE technique, your donor area will be shaved and any signs of surgery wouldn't persist longer past 4-5 days to a week.  The recipient or transplanted areas will have some scabs and redness for about 1-2 weeks or sooner.  I hope this helps!

Natalie Attenello, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Going out in the Sun after Neograft

If you are going out in public, then being careful of sun exposure is important. I recommend to my patients that they avoid sun exposure for the first 1-2 weeks after having the procedure. Up to one month of sun avoidance is optimal. The reason for avoiding sun exposure is to prevent scarring, dark spots or light spots from developing over the extraction sites.

Wearing a hat is an excellent measure to protect your scalp. Generally, you may apply sunscreen to the donor site after 1-2 weeks, but try to keep the recipient site away from sunlight for at least 2 weeks. Always check with your physician and follow their post-operative guidelines for best results.

Julio F. Gallo, MD
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

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
4.7 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

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
5.0 out of 5 stars 105 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.