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Hair Transplant Aftercare - All You Need to Know

Hair transplant aftercare is essential if you want to maintain the result of your hair transplant for years to come. With a good aftercare process, your hair transplant result should last you a lifetime.

Why is Hair Transplant Aftercare Important?

At Harley Street Hair Transplant Clinics, we believe the aftercare process is as important as the surgery itself! If you make sure you’re doing everything you can to maximise your result, you’re not only minimising the risk of a potential second surgery.

On this page, you will find everything you need to know, from: what is included in your aftercare package, what to expect in the first year after your surgery, and what to do if you think something has not gone to plan.

What Should I Expect After My FUE Hair Transplant Surgery?

Here is quick overview of the recovery process after your your FUE hair transplant surgery, However, it’s also important to state that all patients will recover at a different rate and everybody’s hair will grow at different speeds!

1-14 Days – in the immediate two weeks after your hair transplant, your main area of concern is going to be recovery from surgery. During this time, your small scabs and scars left behind during surgery will take time to heal before any new hair growth can take place. Be sure to use your antibiotics and emollient cream so your scalp will heal correctly and not become infected.

4-5 Weeks – around about the month mark after your hair transplant, your scars should have fully cleared up and your hair follicles begin to grow rapidly. You may also experience some hair shedding in the area you have had a surgery on. This is completely normal.

3-6 Months – around 3-6 months after your hair transplant, you should be seeing new hair growth from your hair follicles. When combined with a PRP hair treatment, your hair growth may even occur at a quickened rate. Whilst hair follicles may appear to be thin and curly, these will eventually bolster and thicken over time!

6-9 Months – at this point, your transplanted hair follicles will be thickening up and beginning to blend in with the rest of your hair. This is the point at which you can really begin to reap the rewards of the fue hair transplant procedure.

12 Months – by the one year mark, you should be very close to having a completed hair transplant result. Your hair should have adequately grown and thickened by this point. The healing process should have completed.

*18 months – if you have suffered with any “shock loss” of hair follicles, after your hair transplant procedure, this would be the time frame in which we would arrange a second surgery.

Harley Street Hair Transplant Clinics patient with top of head hair loss before and after
Harley Street Hair Transplant Clinics patient with lots of hair loss before and after
Harley Street Hair Transplant Clinics patient Aaron before and after

What is Included In My Hair Transplant Aftercare Package?

  • Aftercare Instructions – Your hair transplant surgeon will run you through the aftercare instructions. We will also email those instructions to you.
  • Neck Pillow – in the first couple of nights after your hair transplant the main point of aftercare is going to be keeping your head elevated at a 45 degree angle while sleeping. You may be provided with a neck pillow to prevent any pressure being placed on your recovering donor area.
  • Antibiotics – after your hair transplant procedure, you will also be provided with some antibiotics. This is designed to prevent infection from occurring after your hair transplant.
  • Special Shampoo – after your surgery, you will also be provided with a mild shampoo solution, enabling you to gently wash your hair after your hair transplant procedure. Should you need to buy any more, we recommend baby shampoo.
  • Spray bottle – as part of your hair transplant aftercare package, you will also be provided with a spray bottle of salt water solution. This will help alleviate the need to itch or scratch your head after your procedure.
  • Painkillers – Painkillers such as paracetamol are included as there may be some discomfort post surgery as the healing process begins. This is perfectly normal for most patients.

What Are Any Other Important Elements of My Aftercare Process?

Post Operative Hair Wash

After your hair transplant, one of the most important elements of your aftercare will be the first time you wash your hair after surgery. Making sure you’re transplanted hair is being washed correctly will quicken the healing process exponentially!

Be sure to gently wash your hair with a mild shampoo, using warm water. Lukewarm water will help to prevent any shock loss of hair follicles and shorten your recovery process.

Post-Surgery Finasteride

After your FUE hair transplant, we recommend male patients opt in for taking finasteride as a prescription. Finasteride helps to maintain the result of your hair transplant, and reducing hair loss in the future.

Finasteride for hair loss is a powerful DHT blocker that prevents dihydrotestosterone (the hormone responsible for hair loss) from binding to your transplanted follicles. This makes it a perfect post-operation treatment after your FUE hair transplant.

What Should I Avoid After My Hair Transplant?

Strenuous Exercise

As a general rule of thumb, you should always look to avoid strenuous exercise in the first 7-10 days after your hair transplant surgery. Sexual intercourse is also not recommended. After a hair transplant, caution is always the best course of action.

Making sure you’re avoiding any exercise that is going to make your new hair follicles sweaty is key in your hair restoration process. The less you do to upset your new hair follicles, the better!

Hair Styling Products

Without a doubt, one of the things to avoid after your hair transplant is any hair stylish products that are going to upset your new hair follicles.

Often, hair gels and waxes contain harsh chemicals that can certainly do more harm than good. The best course of action is always to keep your natural hair in tact for the first couple of weeks. This will minimise any chance of post operative complications.

Excessive Sunlight or Heat

Another thing to avoid in the first week after surgery is any excessive heat or direct sunlight to the new follicles.

Things like hair dryers and saunas are best avoided, as these could make your scalp sweaty. The last thing you will want to do is cause unnecessary hair loss after your hair transplant!

Frequently Asked Questions

If you do not take good care of your hair follicles after your hair transplant, then you may be likely to suffer with excess hair loss. Whilst hair transplants are a fantastic way to reverse signs of hair loss, they are not a “cure”.

Hair transplants do require patients to take their aftercare programme seriously as this will help the transplanted area heal properly and prevent issues in the future.

From start to finish, the hair transplant aftercare process will typically take 9-12 months depending on the patient. In some cases, like eyebrow transplants, the recovery period can be shorter. In other cases, like female hair transplants, the entire process may take a little longer.

We’re more than happy to walk you through the entire hair transplant procedure and aftercare process during your free consultation.

For the first 7 days after your hair transplant, we recommend you do not consume alcohol or illegal substances. We also recommend you avoid any strenuous exercise, swimming, or times in saunas. This will help to keep your scalp sweat free, and limit any chance of environmental factors affecting the result of your hair transplant.

After your hair transplant, you will be able to drive home without any issues. Provided you keep your head elevated and try to minimise any chance of sweating post-procedure, you should be absolutely fine to drive, or take a taxi, to your home.

However, we recommend you do not fly for at least two weeks after your hair transplant. This is because flying may affect your blood circulation after the procedure, potentially affecting your donor area, recipient area, and even entire scalp.

If you think something has gone wrong with your hair transplant, then the first thing to do is contact your consultant and patient advisor. They will be more than happy to arrange a follow up consultation with your hair transplant surgeon, to iron out any issues.

From wound healing to high blood pressure, our hair transplant surgeon will be more than happy to help you over the recovery period.

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Patient Testimonials

Aside from achieving fantastic results, we believe that keeping in touch with our patients before, during and after their hair transplantation procedure is paramount – it helps to keep our patients feeling calm and in control. We’re always on hand to provide guidance, support and aftercare advice. Time and again, our patients tell us that this is what sets us apart from other clinics.

You can read our great reviews of FUE hair transplants over on Google and TrustPilot

Based on 26 reviews
John P Ronan
John P Ronan
Very few can deliver a professional service whilst ensuring that all clients receive first -class personalised treatment, turning what can be a daunting experience into something of relative ease. Both Kevin, Dr Karla, and their surgical team certainly did this (and then some!) Once my mind was made up to have hair loss treatment, I was keen to get my transplant done asap. Kevin exceeded all my expectations with this - it’s hard to believe that my journey from first consultation to surgery happened in the space of one month. Efficiency did not stop there - on the day of surgery, my transplant was completed in less than 6 hours, all the while ensuring that I was comfortable and pain-free. Security is the best word that comes to mind to describe Dr Karla’s care -you know you’re in experienced hands! Now I can look forward to the results over the next few months, with the added peace of mind that the Harley Street Clinic team are only a phone call or email away to address any concerns. They will be the first name I will recommend to anyone looking for effective hair loss treatment, and I hope to make use of their service again in the future should I need it.
anees haseem
anees haseem
Dr karla is an excellent Dr gives out great advice and is so friendly I have enjoyed meeting the team overall kind and friendly team 10/10
Spencer Aldridge
Spencer Aldridge
From my first contact with Kevin he has provided great customer service, responding quickly or questions, offering consultations and giving me time to make my decision (not a salesman like I have experienced before). He is extremely knowledgeable in this area and so far everything he has told me has been true! Dr Kalra is a fantastic doctor and he knows everything there is to know about hair loss, I trust him completely. The surgery went smoothly, some of the injections hurt at the start but after that it’s the sitting still for hours that is the hardest part. The nurses were also brilliant they were happy to talk to you if you initiated conversation but didn’t chew your ear off if you were quiet. It is 4 months since my surgery and the the hair in the top of my head is almost fully covered with a few thinner spots where I previously had no hair at all, it seems to be noticeably thickening up weekly so I think one more month and no one would ever know I used to be bald! The donor area was completely healed and unnoticeable after 4 weeks. The aftercare has also been great, I have followed the instructions and I am very happy with the results so far.
Matty B
Matty B
I got a hair transplant and PRP for my hair. Im 19 years old and it’s the best decision I made so far. Manchester hair transplant clinic have been amazing. They were brilliant at welcoming me into getting a hair transplant and amazing at doing the job right. I will defiantly be going to them later on in my life if/when another is needed due to my age. I would highly recommend their service to anyone interested 😊
Richard Morris
Richard Morris
So after years of thinking about having a hair transplant i finally phoned up Harley street hair transplant clinic and spoke to Kevin who was extremely helpful answering all my questions.The transplant was on the 29th Jan 2022 by Dr Kalra and his team who made me feel really relaxed and comfortable. They were all very professional and very friendly. The procedure went great, no pain at all and I was extremely happy with the results. I can’t thank Kevin, Dr Kalra and his team enough, even the after care was unbelievable, thanks again guys. Highly recommend, 5 star service all day long. Cheers Richie
I was quite scared before going into surgery, but Dr kalra reassured me the procedures were straight forward and easy going. And he was amazing and so were the team. Everyone was polite and professional and I will recommend this team to anybody else 🙂
Anthony Davies
Anthony Davies
Had my FUE hair transplant on Saturday 5th February 2022 for receding hair line and balding crown. I’ve been thinking about a hair transplant for the last 2 years, I’ve heard bad stories and good stories as you do when you look through the internet or watching YouTube videos. I spoke with Kevin in January, great with explaining everything and putting me at ease (as I naturally worry about anything and everything). I wanted the surgery done as soon as possible after speaking to Kevin as everything felt right. Kevin arranged this for me and before I knew it here I am after surgery thinking what was I ever worried about and why didn’t I get this done sooner, however, things happen for a reason and that reason I hadn’t had it done sooner was I hadn’t found the right place or team to do the transplant and I’m glad that happened as I found Harley street hair transplant. I would highly recommend Kevin - Dr Kalra and his team. Thank you all for giving me my confidence back and making me feel like a different person. I am 4 days into my recovery and feel great. If you are reading this review and are like me with worrying about everything then please stop worrying, you are in safe hands before, during and after the procedure with Kevin, Dr Kalra and his team, just go for it. Thank you all again 😁
Mark A
Mark A
Massive Thankyou to all the team . After months of indecision as to wether to have a hair transplant or not ,i finally made the decision to make that first call,im so glad i did,im so pleased i went with Dr Khalra and his team. I first spoke to Kevin he come across as a very honest and genuine guy who was certainly very knowledgable about all the procedure ,after speaking to him i decided that these were the people i wanted to go with. On the day of the procedure i was very nervous,but on meeting Dr Kalra and his team i was immediately put at ease ,he was very reassuring and such a lovely friendly guy as was his team,It was all very proffesionally done in a lovely clean and modern clinic in Bury. Throughout the day i felt i was in really good hands with Dr Khalra and his team Naz and Raz ( hope ive spelt it right). Im now 7weeks into my Fue hair transplant and looking forward to the coming months to see the results . Ive no hesitation in recommending Dr Khalra Kevin and the team ,they are definitely the right people to go to if you are considering having a procedure done . Again i cant thank you enough . Mark..
Rhys Jones
Rhys Jones
Great experience, Kevin walked me through every step of the process beforehand and helped with any questions I had along the way. Dr. Kalra and the team looked after me on the day which went great. Thanks guys for your help, amazing experience.


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