FUE Hair Transplants and sleeping: Any suggestions for positions or stuff a person need to be aware of?

Don't want to ruin FUE hair transplants as they are going to cost a pretty penny! Is there any particular way a person should be sleeping? Do they need to cover my head in any way?

Doctor Answers 4

Sleep position after FUE

It's best to sleep in a semi sitting up position.  We recommend a Lazy Boy recliner if you have one. If not, 2 pillows usually works for most patients.  This will help with post operative swelling as well as inadvertently damaging the grafts while sleeping.


Irvine Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Sleep position after FUE

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It's best to sleep in a semi sitting up position.  We recommend a Lazy Boy recliner if you have one. If not, 2 pillows usually works for most patients.  This will help with post operative swelling as well as inadvertently damaging the grafts while sleeping.


Irvine Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Sleeping after FUE

For the first few days, you can lie flat with a colored towel on your pillow to pick up an blood. The by the 5th day, you can assume your normal sleeping position. Be sure to keep your recipient area away from any rubbing in the pillow of towel you use. 

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Sleeping after FUE

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For the first few days, you can lie flat with a colored towel on your pillow to pick up an blood. The by the 5th day, you can assume your normal sleeping position. Be sure to keep your recipient area away from any rubbing in the pillow of towel you use. 

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Post op instructions

Follow your doctor's post operative instructions.  That is the best recommendation.  In general, you can sleep normally on your back.  Ask if your doctor if he/she has a special method.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 102 reviews

Post op instructions

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Follow your doctor's post operative instructions.  That is the best recommendation.  In general, you can sleep normally on your back.  Ask if your doctor if he/she has a special method.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 102 reviews

Sleeping after a FUE hair transplant

We recommend semi-sitting position using a recliner or a few pillows on the upper body.  That allows the swelling to go away and minimizes accidental touching and rubbing the transplanted areas.  Patients should sleep in that position for the first 4 night after FUE procedure and then they can resume their normal routine.

Parsa Mohebi, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Sleeping after a FUE hair transplant

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We recommend semi-sitting position using a recliner or a few pillows on the upper body.  That allows the swelling to go away and minimizes accidental touching and rubbing the transplanted areas.  Patients should sleep in that position for the first 4 night after FUE procedure and then they can resume their normal routine.

Parsa Mohebi, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

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