Undergoing Hair Restoration? Tips For After The Procedure
If you have come to the decision that it's time for hair restoration surgery, you may be apprehensive because you don't know what to expect of the recovery period. Your doctor will go over some guidelines to help you through it, but there are some common practices that you will want to prepare yourself for. In order to have the best possible results from your surgery and recovery, here are some things you should know.
You Should Not Drive Home
Make sure that you have arrangements made with someone to drive you home after the procedure. You will be given a sedative before the procedure and that can impair your ability to drive safely, even after your procedure is finished. Have a loved one drive you to and from the procedure for safety reasons.
Stay Propped Up
Even when you go to bed, you should stay semi-upright for the first couple of days following your surgery. This helps to keep blood circulation flowing properly and will minimize some of the swelling that is likely to occur after the procedure.
Treat Your Scalp Carefully
You will need to keep your scalp clean and dry in the days following the surgery. Especially for the first two to three days, it needs to stay as dry as possible. Your doctor will give you some antibiotic ointment to apply as well. Make sure that you do this, as it will help to treat the scabs and the wounds left from the procedure and minimize scarring.
In addition, protect your scalp from any sun exposure in the days following your surgery. The skin will be highly sensitive to damage in those first few days, and the sun's rays can be harmful. If you have to go outside, make sure you wear a large, loose-fitting hat to protect your scalp without putting undue pressure on it.
Avoid Behaviors That Affect Circulation
Your doctor will advise that you avoid alcohol and smoking for a period after your surgery. Both of these things can affect the circulation to your scalp and your hair follicles. That disruption in circulation can hinder healing and may lead to poor results following the surgery. After going through the procedure and the after-care, the last thing you want to do is have it fail because of your own actions.
Talk with a doctor about other steps you should take in the days and weeks after a hair restoration procedure to ensure that you have the best final results.