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

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  • 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?

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Neograft Recovery and Downtime

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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

Appearance after transplant

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With FUT (strip) harvest,the donor area should look no different than when you walked in the office.With FUE the back and sides of the head will be clipped very short,but this is a fashionable style right now.We generally use a small diameter punch to harvest the grafts so the holes are usually not visible after a few days.The limiting factor for going out in public is recipient area redness,scabbing and swelling.Sometimes swelling can be significant but generally by 5-7 days post procedure most of these signs are gone.

David Deutsch, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 47 reviews


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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 54 reviews

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.

Going out in public after a hair tranaplant

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Usually all the scabs are off after 10 or 12 days, so patients can comfortably go out after this period of time, although there may be some redness persisting for a few weeks after that,

Dr. Robert Jones

Robert Jones, MD, FISHRS
Mississauga Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

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

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Down time after hair transplant depends on several factors, including preoperative haircut, and type of procedure performed, follicular unit transfer (ie FUT or strip procedure), follicular unit extraction (ie FUE), or possibly both. 

The FUT donor site can be covered by surrounding hair if longer than 1-2," with the implant sites taking at least a week of healing time. After 10 days, most people will not be able to tell. People who know you well will be able to tell something is different for up to three weeks.

If FUE is performed, the side and back of the head is usually shaved very short and the small donor sites will be hidden after about a week. Again, people who know you well may be able to tell you had a procedure performed for several weeks. Strangers and acquaintances will be unlikely to know.

If you have a combination procedure, FUT and FUE, expect at least 14 days as the linear donor scar will be visible until the hair that was shaved grows long enough to cover it.

Obviously, if you can wear a hat to work, then your return to public view can occur much faster.

How long after hair transplant can one go out in public

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The amount of "down time" after a hair transplant depends on the patient and the technique.  If follicular unit extraction is performed (such as Neograft), the donor area on the back of the head will be essentially healed and not noticeable within 7-10 days.  The recipient areas will have some scabs and crusts that remain for the first 10-14 days.  At that point, most patients are extremely comfortable in public.  My patients are allowed to wear a loose-fitting hat starting on Day 3, so this can help with feeling comfortable in public.

If the hair is harvested from the donor site using the strip method, the sutures are left in place for 10-14 days, but this is often covered with other hair that is left longer (particularly in women).  Again, a loose-fitting hat can be worn after a few days, and most patients are comfortable going out in public at that point.

All the best,

Matthew Richardson, MD
Frisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Hair Transplant Recovery.

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Choosing a FUE method like Neograft will significantly hasten your recovery.  Your hair will be cut very short, so you will have to deal with this,  However, the Neograft harvest method leaves very small, barely noticeable scars in the donor area.  The transplant areas may have some crusting and redness, but you can wear a loose fitting hat after a few days.

Lawrence Broder, MD
Cedar Park Family Physician
4.5 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

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