You’ve finally done it – you’ve taken the plunge and undergone the hair transplant you have been putting off for years. You’ve had the transplant procedure, you’re recovered from the anaesthesia and you’re questioning what exactly you have to do next. Looking after your head of hair in the days after a hair transplant procedure is particularly important, particularly considering the sensitivity that the treatment can cause. Ensuring that you take proper care of your hair and scalp after a hair transplant not only reduces the risk of developing complications and consequently increases your chances of successful results, promoting the fastest and best quality hair growth.
After a hair transplant has been carried out, new hair can take up to six months to look as natural as you were expecting from the offset. Additionally, the hair that has been transplanted is likely to be thin and will need time to strengthen to the point where it is voluminous and full – just as you imagined. Taking the time to acknowledge what it is that you can do at home to ensure that the final results of your hair transplant are what you have paid for is key to success and part of that comes from doing all that you can to strengthen the new hair follicles from the moment they are implanted.
Take Good Care Of Your Scalp
Hair transplant procedures can be tough, and the hair placed into the follicles of your scalp needs to be well looked after. Doctors will likely have provided you with medication to apply to your scalp in the aftermath of your procedure and you should take the time to ensure that you are applying the medication carefully and efficiently. Careful application of this medication will aid in the strengthening of the weak, newer hair follicles but it’s important to make sure you use minimal pressure when applying to the different sections of your newly transplanted hair.
Use a light touch and only use chemical shampoos when you have been advised by your aftercare team – and even then, ensure that you use a gentle shampoo that won’t cause your scalp any discomfort. Avoid rubbing your hair where possible – this can cause breakages and weaken the hair follicles and take the time to pat your hair dry rather than rubbing. Once your doctor gives you the okay, you may find that using oil based products to help further strengthen the hair is beneficial to you – this should be massaged into the scalp gently
You may also find that your scalp is particularly itchy in the aftermath of your treatment. This is perfectly normal but avoid scratching your head as far as you can do- giving in to the temptation and scratching that itch can cause the newly implanted hairs to disperse, which could result in a failed transplantation or else lead to infection, neither of which are particularly promising outcomes. You should do your utmost to make sure that no damage comes to the newly implanted hairs – scratching and itching at the scabs that have formed on your head can do more harm than good, no matter how good relieving that itch might feel at the time.
Consider How To Strengthen Hair By Changing Up Your Diet
Following a particular diet can actually aid your hair growth and ensure that the follicles are as strong as possible. Eating foods that are rich in protein, for example, is known to strengthen hair and encourage growth – giving your new head of the hair the best chance of growing into thick, luscious locks. Foods such as soy, lentils, tuna and eggs are rich in protein and can be easily integrated into your diet. Ensure that you ditch the junk food and eat foods that are full of nutritional value – give your new hair the best chance. Keep yourself as hydrated as possible – this keeps your body running the way it should do and leads to strengthened hair follicles.
Diet doesn’t always apply to just food – looking after your mind and body is equally important. Reduce the amount of stress in your life where you can – practice yoga, take long walks in the countryside, meditate- and make sure you get enough sleep. Sleep is the time in which your body resets all of its internal systems and where all the revitalising and rebuilding takes place – sleep deprivation can make it harder for these natural processes to occur, consequently lessening the chances that the strength of your hair will improve.
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