Pre-Operation Instructions of Hair Transplant
All Istanbul Care patients are informed in detail about pre-operation instructions, both verbally and in written form, prior to the hair transplant operation.
Avoiding aspirins, ibuprofen, drinking alcohol, and using drugs from 7 days prior to the surgery and reducing caffeine are among these instructions.
- If you are smoking, please reduce smoking at most 3 in a day.
- Please stop drinking alcohol 48 hour before the operation time.
- Please do not take any blood thinner medication such as Aspirin and ibuprofen.
- Please avoid wearing t-shirts or any other clothing garments that would touch your head when dressing/undressing. The clothes should not be pulled over your head, otherwise it risks rubbing and damaging the transplanted hair. Wearing a shirt would be easier.
Post-Operation Instructions of Hair Transplant
Istanbul Care surgeons are experts in their feld; they combine their experience, knowledge, and talent with the latest technology to get the best results.
The only thing they ask from their patients is to follow to the post-operation instructions which include but are not limited to the aftercare instructions given below.
The following aftercare instructions are general information to guide you after your hair transplant. Istanbul Care does not accept liability for the accuracy of these instructions. The instructions of your
doctor should be applied entirely.
Sleeping Position After Hair Transplant
You need to sleep in a semi-upright position on your back by placing two or more pillows. This position will decrease any swelling that can occur on your scalp after the hair transplantation.
Besides, Istanbul Care will provide you a neck pillow after the procedure. By using the neck pillow, you will protect your newly transplanted hair from getting damaged while you are sleeping.
Mild pain can be felt for a couple of days after the hair transplant procedure. Some people report having difficulty in sleeping for the first days of post-op. This can be relieved with some pain relief medication which Istanbul Care provides for you.
Swelling After Hair Transplant
Swelling may occur on the forehead and the area around the eyes. It may last from 2 – 5 days after the FUE hair transplant. You can apply an ice compress to your forehead and eyes if you experience it.
Please note that you must not use ice compress for your recipient and donor areas in any case.
Swelling is not dangerous and it usually goes away without any medication. Still, Istanbul Care will give you anti-edema pills just as a precaution.
Crust, Itching & Bleeding After Hair Transplant
About 7-10 days after the FUE hair transplantation, there should be no more traces of dried blood, scabs or crust on your scalp. If there are still some crusts after 7 days, please gently remove them while washing your hair.
After FUE Hair Transplant, your scalp can get itchy. This is a very common feeling and it usually lasts for 10-15 days. You should never scratch your recipient and donor areas as it can affect the results negatively.
After the hair transplant operation, there may be a small amount of liquid including some blood on your pillow. Do not worry, this is not a natural bleeding, but only the liquid injected during the operation is getting out of your scalp.
Hair Wash After Hair Transplant
Istanbul Care will provide you a special medical shampoo and lotion to use it after hair transplantation.
Hair wash can be done in 3 easy steps:
- Lotion is applied over the recipient area gently by tapping (no rubbing) and left on the hair for about 45 minutes. This will help to soften the scabs around the transplanted grafts. After 45 minutes, the lotion should be washed off with lukewarm water.
- Using the special medical shampoo, you will wash the donor and the recipient areas. To do this, apply a small amount of the shampoo onto your palm and gently tap the shampoo all over the scalp. Please wash your transplanted area very gently by tapping with your fingers.
- After the washing is over, dry your hair with a paper towel by patting gently. Only use paper towels as they are soft and do not damage the implanted grafts. These three steps must be repeated every day for 14 days in order to get rid of the scabs and the dry blood. After 14 days, you can start washing your hair in the normal way.
Also, you can wash the donor area by massaging to increase the blood circulation. Make sure that the water pressure is low as well. It is also important to wash the shampoo and lotion off your scalp completely
Recovery After Hair Transplant (Short Term)
Most patients feel fine within a day or two after the surgery, although some numbness and mild soreness can be expected for several days following the surgery.
Usually, the patients gain their normal appearance within 15 days post-op. Slight redness can be visible after this period. Prolonged redness to the scalp is more common for those with the lighter skin types.
Healing After Hair Transplant (Long Term)
In the cosmetic healing period, you will have some red spots in your transplanted area after the surgery. They will vanish after 7-10 days.
Transplanted hair may start to fall out after 15 days and may continue to fall out over the first two months.
3 months after the transplantation, your hair will start to grow.
Your transplanted hair will visible after 6 months and after 12 months you will have your expected result.
If beard was used as the donor area:
Beard can be shaven after a week if beard grafts have been used as donor material. The donor area is usually fully healed within a month.
Haircuts After Hair Transplant
You can have haircuts 1 month after the FUE hair transplant operation only with scissors and after 6 months you can use shaving machine.
Physical Activities, Sun & Holiday
In the first month after your hair transplant surgery, you should abstain from all physical activities such as football, basketball or any kind of sports that have body contact as well as weight lifting, cycling and running.
You shouldn’t expose yourself to direct sunlight as it can damage your scalp and the skin. To avoid the sunlight, it is always suggested to use an umbrella or wear a special loose hat if necessary.
If you plan to go on holiday after your surgery, you should not swim in the swimming pools or in the sea until you have completed your first month.
Smoking and Alcohol
Alcohol and smoking can make the blood thinner and cause more bleeding which increases the time needed for the wounds to heal. It is better if you wait 2 weeks after the FUE hair transplantation before consuming alcohol and smoking