Sanitary doing the washing after the capillary graft
May 7th 2024

Postoperative period of a capillary graft: what does it consist of?

The hair implant is a surgery that requires post-surgical care to guarantee the correct evolution and avoid the development of infections that could harm the final result. For this reason, after the intervention begins the postoperative period of a hair graft in which the patient must comply with the indications provided by the medical team. 

Knowing what these postoperative norms are like is key to achieving the best aesthetic and avoid infections that could put the health of the grafts at risk. From Hospital Capilar, an expert clinic in hair grafting in Madrid, Murcia and Pontevedra, we tell you what the postoperative period of a hair graft is like in detail. 

Information on the postoperative period of a hair graft

The postoperative period of a capillary graft begins once the capillary implant surgery is finished and it can be said that it ends approximately two months after the intervention, at which time we will be able to resume our routines with complete normality. This process of healing and care of the implant consists of several phases or stages in which the patient must follow certain medical recommendations. Failure to comply may mean that the result is not as expected.

Below we will tell you step by step what the postoperative period of a hair graft is like in the different stages that the patient goes through once he leaves the operating room. 

Right after the intervention 

Once the hair transplant surgery is finished, the patient can return to his home or hotel with relative normality. since it must comply with a series of rules. 

It's fundamental Do not touch your head and avoid rubbing or blows in the area of ​​the grafts, otherwise they could come off. In addition, it is important that during the first nights the patient sleep in a semi-upright position using the cervical pillow that we facilitate in Hospital Capilar. During these first days it is normal and very common to stain the pad and present a sensation of numbness, itching or burning. It is also common to experience a lack of sensation in the head due to the anesthesia given during surgery, so it will be very important correctly calculate the distances to avoid blows

Upon leaving the surgery, the healthcare team places a mask around the patient's head. tape. It does not have to be removed since it is placed to prevent the liquids applied during the intervention from going down to the face, causing inflammation. 

Not recommended drive after hair transplant, since anesthesia and drugs are administered during the intervention. Therefore, in Hospital Capilar We provide transportation to bring the patient to the hotel. 

On the other hand, the medical team guides the medication that the patient must take and, also, that of habitual consumption that must be left for a short time. It is important to comply with the instructions given by the team regarding taking medications. 

24 hours after hair graft

The day after the surgery is the moment to carry out the first cure and revision in the clinic. It is important that the patient comes to his check-up in comfortable clothing with buttons or a zipper so that it is not necessary to remove it over the head. In the 24 hour cure, the health team performs the first washing and disinfection of the donor zone and the receiving area, in addition to explaining how to proceed at home with the following washes. 

At this time it is recommended that the patient begin applying the thermal water in the recipient and donor area, included in our Hair Revolution BoxAt least every two hours. It is important to keep the area hydrated, it will also produce a sensation of relief for the patient if it is itchy, stinging or tight. In case of discomfort, it can be applied every half hour in the receiving area. It is possible that the patient presents inflammation and that this goes down to the eyes. In these cases there is nothing to worry about as it is a normal process that will be resolved spontaneously. 

The day after the hair implant you can't bow your head, so we must avoid activities that involve lowering our heads. 

On the other hand, the consumption of alcoholic beverages, coffee, tea, tobacco and narcotic substances is completely contraindicated. He alcohol it must be suspended until the drugs are stopped; tea and coffee until two days after the hair implant cannot be resumed; and, finally, tobacco and narcotic drugs until seven days have passed since the intervention. 

It is important to avoid direct sun exposure to avoid burns that harm the intervened area. 

Recipient area in a hair graft 

48 hours after hair graft

After the 24-hour cure, the patient must perform the following home washes. To carry out a correct washing, the foam of the shampoo that we provide should be deposited gently in the area of ​​the grafts and left to act for two minutes. However, in the donor area it is preferable to perform a gentle massage with the product. Rinse should be done with warm water and interpose your hand to prevent the jet from falling directly on the receiving area and damaging the follicles. These washes should be done every day

To dry the area after washing, a surgical or microfiber towel should be used for the donor area, while the recipient area should be allowed to air dry. 

7 days after surgery 

During the first days after the intervention, the scabs. It is important not to tear or manipulate them. These will come off with the washings and with the cure that we carry out in the clinic after 10 days. 

From the seventh day onwards, the recipient area will be washed by pressing with the fingertips and making circular movements. In this way we will facilitate the removal of scabs. 

15 days after the hair implant 

During the postoperative period of the hair graft until a minimum of one month has elapsed you will not be able to practice sports. 15 days after surgery, light exercise that does not involve excessive sweating can be resumed. In this context, the sexual intercourse after hair transplant they should be avoided during the first fifteen days. 

After two weeks, the patient goes through a stage known as shock loss. In it, the transplanted hair falls out, and sometimes that of the donor area, due to the trauma suffered during the intervention. This is a completely normal process so we should not get upset and the hair that falls out will grow stronger and thicker

At this stage, where two weeks have passed since the surgery, we will be able to resume the use of hats and capsOf course, baggy so that they do not rub against the area of ​​the grafts. It is recommended not to use them for prolonged periods. 

From the month of surgery 

When a month has elapsed since the intervention, the usual sport practice can be resumed. In addition, it is also from the month of the hair graft when we can relax a little more in terms of protecting ourselves from sea water or the Swimmingpool. Even so, it is important to consult with the medical team if we can bathe in the Playa or pool. 

The hair in the donor area can be cut with a machine after a month, although the recipient area can only be cut with scissors. You can also resume the use of hair dryer. 

Why is it important to follow the postoperative period of a hair graft?

The postoperative period of a hair graft fulfills an essential part of the process. Following these rules greatly influences the final result, and not complying with them can cause complications that affect the result

A bad postoperative period can be the origin of folliculitis o dermatitis, infections that can cause the transplanted hair not to grow. Therefore, it is essential to follow the postoperative instructions completely. 

Doctor Orozco carrying out the design of the front line in Hospital Capilar Murcia

En Hospital Capilar we take care of your hair

Do you have doubts about the postoperative period of a hair graft or any aspect related to this intervention? In Hospital Capilar We have a team of professionals with whom you can solve all your pending questions. Request your medical diagnosis at no cost and put yourself in the hands of experts!