1. You may have a turban style dressing on your scalp after your procedure. This will be left in place for the first night. You may remove this dressing the day following your procedure simply by unwrapping the bandage. Should it stick to your scalp, do not pull it off. Lightly moisten it with water and gently remove.
  2. You may shampoo your hair the morning following your procedure. We recommend "Head and Shoulders" shampoo for the first few weeks. Make lather with the shampoo in your hand and gently place it on your scalp. Do not rub your scalp but simply let the lather sit in place for several minutes. Once it has had time to cleanse your scalp, let your shower water trickle over the graft sites removing any excess shampoo. You can also fill a cup with warm water and pour it gently over your scalp. Do not rub your scalp or let vigorous water pressure hit your scalp. This can dislodge the grafts causing them to fail. It is important to keep the donor site suture line clean so you may wash the hair on the sides and back of your scalp in an ordinary fashion. However, be careful with rubbing the donor site suture line too vigorously for the first week. Continue to keep your scalp clean during the healing period by washing your scalp daily and as needed.
  3. The sutures at the donor site (back and sides) will be left in place for 12-14 days. Please make arrangements with our office staff for suture removal. We prefer to remove sutures in our office but if you are out of town you may make arrangements with your local physician for removal. Most primary care physicians or out-patient clinics are capable of removing them for you. Should they need instruction, please have them give us a call. We are available to assist at any time. Emergency rooms are generally a bad place to go for suture removal. They will charge you too much and usually make you wait.
  4. You may have some oozing of dark blood from the donor site for the first few days. This is normal and will subside over a few days time. If acute bleeding occurs, it can be stopped by holding pressure for 5-10 minutes directly on the bleeding area. Should you have excessive or continued bleeding please contact us immediately.
  5. It is common to have swelling of the forehead and around the eyes after your procedure. It generally occurs on post-operative day 2 or 3. It will usually subside within 2 or 3 days. You are given a medication called Prednisone which will assist in minimizing the swelling. It is taken in a tapering dose starting the day following your procedure. Sleeping at a 45 degree angle for the first few nights will help reduce swelling. A recliner or several pillows work well. You may also use an ice pack on your forehead and around your eyes. Do not get the ice pack near your hair line hair transplants.
  6. You will have some numbness of the scalp and donor site which will last for several weeks to months. This is normal after any surgical procedure, is temporary and will subside with time.
  7. You will be given a narcotic for pain relief. It is taken only as needed for post-operative pain. Common side effects are constipation and itching. Benadryl 25 mg at bedtime (over the counter) works well for the itching. Milk of Magnesia works well for the constipation.
  8. You will be given an antibiotic to be taken for five days after your procedure. Take them until they are all gone.
  9. You will be given Valium to be used for relaxation and sleep after your procedure. Do not take the Valium along with your pain medication. Use one or the other but not both.
  10. Do not drink alcoholic beverages with your pain medication or Valium. The effects of these medications compound each other and can cause dangerous consequences if used simultaneously.
  11. Do not use Aspirin or other blood thinning medications for the first week after surgery.
  12. It will take 6-8 months for your hair to reach a point that an assessment can be made of your coverage. Although some follicles will begin to grow a hair in 2 months, some will remain dormant for several months before developing a new hair. The first hair that grows is generally thin and fine and will thicken as time progresses giving it a denser appearance.
  13. Please limit physical activity for the first week after your procedure. Increased blood pressure associated with exercise can cause bleeding from fresh surgical areas. In addition, we would prefer to prevent sweating on the fresh surgical sites.
  14. You may wear a cap or hat after the turban dressing has been removed. An adjustable baseball cap works well. Do not wear a stocking style cap as these can stick to the grafts like Velcro and dislodge them causing them to fail. The primary focus is to avoid disturbing the grafts until they have had time to become firmly healed in place.
  15. Please contact our office should you have any questions or concerns. It is our goal to provide you with any assistance you may require during your healing period.

Pre-Operative Instructions - Advanced Hair Restoration of Oklahoma (Click here to download)

Post-Operative Instructions - Advanced Hair Restoration of Oklahoma (Click here to download)