With the hair transplant surgery done, the hard part is truly over. However, that shouldn’t undermine the significance of the aftercare process. Successful recovery after hair transplantation surgery is important in ensuring the achievement of desired results. The health of the transplanted grafts and donor area is important in that regard. If your hair transplant surgery involved the use of strip method, there will be a visible wound in the donor area. In the case of FUE hair transplant, patients end up with a large number of tiny wounds on the backside of their head. Many patients feel concerned about the presence of these scars in the hair transplant donor area.
Fortunately, the scarring will fade over time. However, the wounds will take some time to heal. Importantly, you need to remember that if you disregard the aftercare instructions for hair transplant surgery, then even if the procedure itself was successful, it will yield poor results. Therefore, the things that you do or not do after the surgery will make a difference in the final results. In this guide, we will make sure to tell you everything that you need to know to properly take care of the hair transplant donor area.
How Do Donor Area Wounds Heal After Hair Transplant?
Hair follicles inserted in the bald regions of the head are taken from those areas which are resistant to the effects of the hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone). The sides and the back of the head are considered the most suitable for extraction. However, this leaves the skin there full of small incisions. These cuts will heal over time. Moreover, as the size of the wounds is quite small, they will not take more than a few weeks to heal completely. Still, the recovery process is not as easy. There won’t be significant bleeding from the wounds considering that blood clots will develop, protecting the body from the entry of microorganisms. The clot will continue to dry, forming a scab while allowing the skin underneath to heal.
Whenever you cut your skin, the red blood cells of the body rush to that area. The response to the trauma is immediate so that the healing process can begin. RBCs even help in the development of new body tissue in the damaged area of the skin. Meanwhile, the white blood cells of the body ensure that the bacteria and other microbes that have entered the body are effectively fought against, and the wound is repaired. This process can take 3-5 days.
Eventually, you’ll notice that the scab has started to itch. It’ll get drier and fall off, revealing a taut, red skin underneath. The edges of the skin have come together by then to close the wound. The prospect of scars never going away is scary. However, they do go away. Still, those people who grow their hair long can successfully cover the scars. No one will ever see them.
Will the Scar Completely Go Away?
The scar can completely disappear. But there are some factors which can affect the healing of wounds, such as age, lifestyle, diet, and certain ailments. The recovery process will be slightly troublesome as you’re going to deal with 2500-4000 little cuts on your skin. You are likely to feel sore and sensitive. However, it’s normal. It will only last for a couple of months after which you can start enjoying the results of the surgery a little.
What Are Some Steps to Keep Hair Transplant Donor Area Healthy?
If you want a speedy recovery, make sure to follow these steps. Through them, you’ll come to find out how you can maintain a healthy donor area after hair transplant. It will also enhance the results of the surgery. So, let’s get into it.
Keep the Hair Transplant Donor Area Clean
For this, you have to use the shampoos provided to you by us. In the aftercare process, you have to wash the surgical areas daily with the given products to keep the scalp sterile. Otherwise, if your skin is dirty, the bacteria will flourish and reproduce easily resulting in infection of the scalp. The size of the wound can grow. This will slow down the recovery. Furthermore, it risks the formation of long-lasting scars in the donor area.
The worst part is that it can lead to the loss of tissue on the backside of your head, which can affect the growth of hair. If you create a stuffy, closed-off environment for the scalp by wearing caps to hide your surgery, it can also lead to infections. Sweat and dirt can accumulate. Therefore, do not cover your head. It needs an adequate supply of oxygen to heal.
Do Not Drink or Smoke
The blood-thinning property of alcohol makes it highly unsuitable for consumption in the recovery period. It can result in excessive bleeding and even make it harder for it to stop. This will slow down the healing and increase the risk of infections and other post-op complications. The contraction of blood vessels from smoking means that the blood flow to the donor area has decreased, which will negatively impact its healing. So, make sure to avoid these two.
Do Not Scratch or Pick the Scabs
A sign of healing is itching of the wound. But, admittedly, it is quite bothersome. The donor area will start to itch after some time. However, you should, at no cost, scratch your scalp. Avoid the temptation to do so. You are advised to use nasal or ocean water sprays to soothe the itchy skin. Moreover, you can apply ice packs to help your skin feel better.
Picking your scabs will do nothing but prolong the recovery period. The more you remove the protective covering over the healing tissue, the more the time it will take for the skin to come together. Each time you remove them, you’ll get back to square one in the healing process. This can also seriously damage your skin tissue there, leaving a dark-coloured scar after the healing is done. Try to be patient. Your body knows what it’s doing.
Use Antibiotics If Your Doctor Prescribes Them
You can use an antibiotic cream on the prescription of the surgeon. Make sure to consult the doctor about its usage. You shouldn’t start using it on your own. If you feel any burning sensation, tenderness and see puss coming out of the donor area, you should contact us as soon as possible. Your doctor will inform you about the products that you’ll need during the recovery period so that everything goes according to plan.
Do Not Wear Tight Neck Shirts
Anything that abrasively rubs the scalp should be avoided. Round or high neck shirts can put pressure on your scalp and dislodge the grafts and scabs on the donor area. On the same note, do not rub your scalp with a towel after washing. Only gently pat it dry. Initially, you need to be careful about the small things so that the healing process isn’t slowed down.
Take Rest and Avoid the Sun
Going out for a stroll under the sun, soon after the surgery, is definitely not a good idea. It can damage the grafts and the donor area. You can even get a sunburn. Try to stay indoors and take rest by lying down on the bed, during the first few days at least.
How Long Will It Take for the Donor Area to Completely Heal?
The hair transplant donor area will take almost 2 weeks to heal after the surgery. However, the full recovery will take longer than that. You will experience sensitivity, numbness, itching, redness, and even pain during the process. This is all part of the healing phase, so just be patient. Longevita will provide you with aftercare instructions. Moreover, you can avail our free 12-month aftercare services. During that time, you can reach out to us whenever you want. We will address all your questions and concerns thoroughly.
Will My Hair Regrow Normally in Donor Area After Hair Transplant?
After the passage of 2 weeks, it will be hard to tell whether you had hair transplant surgery. Of course, your hair will have grown covering the scars. However, the hair density of the donor area makes many people fearful. As the hair follicles are taken from the donor area, that means a decrease in hair density. However, a qualified surgeon knows how-to take-out hair follicles evenly so that after the recovery process, the donor area gives off a dense look with no patchy areas. On seeing the final results of the surgery after a year, you will barely see any difference. And, yes, your hair will regrow normally in the hair transplant donor area though not exactly from the very spots the hair is extracted from.
We hope this guide has answered all your donor area aftercare questions. You will face some difficulties in the beginning, but it will get better. Still, if there’s anything that you need to know, we encourage you to mail your queries to [email protected]. At Longevita, we always want to ensure a stress-free recovery period for you.