After the Hair Transplant

After the hair transplant

A hair transplant is a one day procedure which means that you are able to return home afterwards. But arrange for someone to pick you up and drive you home as you will feel woozy after the sedative. Plus you will be tired and sore as well.

Immediate after affects

Your scalp will be sore and swollen; and in some cases this swelling will have reached your forehead and eyebrows and feel tender to the touch.

Small scabs will have formed over the transplanted areas. These swellings will have formed over the site of the hair follicles and are a normal reaction to the procedure. They will disappear after a few days.

If you have undergone micro grafting then you will have a bandage in place at the back of your head where the donor strip was removed. This bandage must remain in place for at least a day after the transplant but can be removed after then. Any stitches in place will be the dissolvable type but if not then you will be asked to return to the clinic 2 weeks after surgery to have them removed.

Stay out of the sun if possible to protect your newly treated scalp from harmful rays.

The first night home

The first night home, avoid touching the hair grafts as this may dislodge them from the incisions. Your scalp will feel sore and itchy but avoid the temptation to scratch it.

You will have been given a spray containing a hair growth liquid which you must apply to your grafted scalp every 30 minutes. Do this the first day after your transplant and continue to do so until the spray is used up.

Sleep in an upright position: use a couple of pillows to prop you up and do this for the first 2 to 3 nights after the surgery.

The clinic will have also given you an antibiotic cream which is to be rubbed onto any scarring to prevent an infection. Do this twice a day for at least a week.

Washing your hair

Avoid washing your hair until 48 hours after your hair transplant. Wash and shampoo your scalp as per usual which will remove any dead skin as well as cleaning the grafted area. Rinsing the newly formed scabs will help protect the hair follicles.

If you notice any small white spots after washing your scalp then don't worry: these swollen grafts are entirely normal and will ease after 30 minutes.

It is a good idea to use a plastic jug and pour water over your scalp rather than using a shower jet. A shower jet especially a power shower may cause the grafts to fall out. Do this for 5 days after surgery and then return to using a shower jet.

A week after a hair transplant

Take a few days off work and avoid any physical activities such as sport until your scalp has fully healed. Avoid sexual relations for 7 days. Do not go swimming for 2 weeks after your transplant.

If you are a smoker then it would be preferable if you gave up altogether; but if this is not possible then don't resume smoking until a month after surgery to give the treated area time to heal.

Avoid alcohol for up to 48 hours after surgery.


All surgery carries a risk of complications although these are minor. Possible complications following a hair transplant include:

  • Pain
  • Soreness
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Reduced sensitivity on the scalp

Use an ice pack on your forehead to reduce any swelling but DO NOT place this on your scalp. Take painkillers to reduce any pain and inflammation but ask your surgeon for advice.

If you notice anything unusual or these side effects worsen then contact your clinic.