How long does it take after a hair transplant for grafts to become secure?
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Being diligent during the aftercare and recovery phase of the hair transplant can help you achieve the best possible results. This includes taking care of the newly transplanted grafts until they become secure. Learn how to take care of new grafts to get the most out of your hair transplant procedure.
|Hair Transplant Methods||FUE, FUT|
|Secured Grafts||10 to 14 days|
|Do´s and Don´ts||Wash hair consistently|
|Healing Process||Recipient Region, Donor Region|
|Hair Grafts Growth||4 - 16 months after the procedure|
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|Do wash your hair consistently five days after the surgery to remove scabs.||Do not use a fabric towel to dry your hair as it can create too much friction and dislodge the grafts .|
|Do spray your scalp with a saltwater solution (suggested by your doctor) for a couple of days after the surgery to keep the grafts moist.||Do not rub your scalp, pick at scabs or scratch your head during the healing period.|
|Do take pain medication to manage discomfort and sleep peacefully after the procedure.||Do not wear restricting headwear such as beanies or hard hats.|
|Do wear a hat when you go out, especially during the day time to protect hair grafts from sun exposure and other environmental factors.||Do not sleep directly on the grafts, wear a comfortable hair cap or bandages to avoid friction, and sleep in an inclined position instead.|
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take for hair grafts to settle?
Grafts can take 10 to 14 days to become rooted in the scalp. Before that, the newly transplanted grafts are quite fragile, needing special care and protection. Avoid touching the new grafts, scratching your head, wearing headgear, or doing anything that might dislodge them.
How easy is it to dislodge hair grafts?
Hair grafts require a few days to become stable and around 14 days to become completely secure on your scalp. Before that, it can be easy to damage them with a bit of friction, pulling, or bumping against something.
Can you damage grafts after 2 weeks?
After two weeks, your hair grafts should be mostly secure on the scalp. However, your doctor may recommend avoiding highly strenuous activity beyond these two weeks to safeguard the scalp from sweat accumulation, infection, and swelling.
Can grafts fall out after 3 weeks?
Your grafts should become completely secure after two weeks as a substance called Fibrin secures them on the scalp. Most patients can easily return to their daily routines including showering, exercising, and wearing headgear after three weeks.
How do you know if grafts are secure?
To determine whether you have a missing graft during the first two weeks, inspect your scalp for any bleeding. If you spot bleeding on the scalp, you might have dislodged a graft. However, after 14 days of the surgery, your grafts should be fully secure and you do not have to worry about dislodging them.
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