POST FUT HAIR TRANSPLANT CARE

September 11, 2017

Just after transplant

Do not touch or wash your recipient area.
While going back to your place cover head with cap provided by clinic then bandana.
Take all prescribed medicines and understand all instructions.
Remove surgical cap or bandana (or both). Stay in bed (as local anaesthesia and medication may make you tired).
Avoid smoking and alcohol (as smoking is harmful in multiple ways for the body. Additionally, smoking along with alcohol may interact with medicines).
Day 1

Go to clinic for washing and removal of dressing, or remove it by yourself.
Now its shower time. Yes! You heard it right. Its shower time Shower with gentle water flow over the transplanted area. Lift up the hair in the donor area so that water may irrigate the sutured area as well.
How to wash?
Lotion: Apply lotion prescribed by your doctor over the recipient area by tapping movement. Do not rub on that area. Leave it for 45 minutes and then wash it with gentle water flow. Most of scab will come out.
Lotion: Apply lotion prescribed by your doctor over the recipient area by tapping movement. Do not rub on that area. Leave it for 45 minutes and then wash it with gentle water flow. Most of scab will come out.
Keep taking medicines. Medicines prescribed are antibiotic tablet and cream, pain killer, antacids, steroids, antihistamines, probiotics, spray, shampoo, lotion etc.
Do not drink carbonated beverages like beer, coke, Pepsi or soda for 3 days (as it may cause hiccups).
Do not dye your hair for 6 weeks following the procedure.
Do not use cosmetic camouflage agent like hair fibre for 15 days.
Do not use keratolytic shampoo like coal tar shampoo (a dark-colored, medicated shampoo used for dandruff, psoriasis, and seborrhea) on the recipient area for 10 days following the transplant procedure as this may interfere with the regrowth of the grafts.
Day 2

Avoid rubbing or scratching on transplanted and donor area.
Shower and shampoo twice daily for 7 days.
Spray by normal saline – Start hourly normal saline spray for 7 days on transplanted area. It helps with dissolving the scabs faster and speeds up the recovery period. spraying also keep the grafts moist and may reduce itching.
Avoid sun exposure for 3 months as it may damage the transplanted hair.
Start routine work and prefer to avoid heavy work.
Sutured area care: Gently washes the suture area with gentle indirect flow of water. The purpose of washing is to remove the crust from the sutured line for better healing. Spend some more time in the shower, but do not hurt the sutured area. Apply prescribed cream on the sutured area twice daily in a thin layer so that it completely covers the sutured line. Continue, the application till the time of suture or staple removal.
The patient may find bleeding or blood spot in sutured area. Do not worry. Apply pressure with clean cloth for 10 to 15 minutes. Contact doctor if needed. Stapled donor area has more chance of bleeding than the sutured area. Always place a clean towel over your pillow for 15 days.

Day 5 to 7

If there is itching, take medicines as prescribed by the doctor.
Day 8 to 10

Begin with normal shampoo after 10 days of transplant.
Day 11 to 15

Non absorbable suture must be removed between 10th to 14th day. Scarring may occur if the suture is not removed on time.
Staples are removed one to three weeks after the procedure. They may need a couple of sessions for removal. Staple causes more bleeding than the suture. If it is not removed on time, it may cause scarring. Do not apply ointment over the donor area in the morning of the day of removal of staples.

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