FUE Hair Transplant recovery tips: Anything someone should know to ease my post-op time?
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It is always best to also discuss aftercare with your surgeon as every doctor has their own post operative tips.
After an FUE
Previos answer: An FUE is treated just like a regular hair transplant with regard to the recipient area, but the donor area has open wounds which require daily washing with soap and water. Within 3 days of surgery, you can resume full activities, heavy exercises if you wish. The recipient area requires daily washes as well to keep the recipient area free of crusts. I generally recommend the use of a sponge and supply my patient with a surgical sponge to fill with soapy water and press on the recipient area daily. By repeating this daily, all crusts can be washed off without any fear of losing grafts. IF any crust are present, use a Q tip and dip it into soapy water, and roll it on the crusts and that will lift them off without dislodging them, but never rub them, just roll the Q tip on the recipient crust. I like to see no evidence of any crusting in the recipient area and the crusts from the donor area gone in 7-10 days with daily washing,.I have shown the photos below often and this is a typical look after 5 days from a FUE transplant if you follow the above instructions carefully
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Post of FUE
- Sleep in semi-sitting position for the first few nights: This will help with the swelling that could be seen after hair restoration
- Mild pain medications: Patients generally don't have much pain after a FUE procedure but if you feel some aching at injection sites or donor area a mild pain killer can help.
- Hair wash: Hair wash should be done very gently for the first few days (we bring every patient the day after their procedure to educate them about this). Proper hair wash helps remove the scabs quicker.
- Be in touch with your doctor if you have any concerns. I personally give my emergency line to my patients so they can contact me the night after their procedure.