When to Go Back to Work Following a Hair Transplant

Before you undergo a hair transplant, it’s important to note that patients may have different recovery times. Not only is this because different patients require different recoveries, but there are different types of transplants too. In some transplants, there may be little to no sign that you received a transplant to anyone else. For instance, in FUTs, you only have small staples at the donor area, covered by hair. When it comes to returning to work, there is a basic guide to know when it’s time.

What Should You Expect Following Surgery?

After your hair transplant, you will probably feel soreness on your scalp. The doctor may prescribe pain medication, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicine for the swelling. Most side effects at the site of the transplant are minor and you’ll see them clear up within a few weeks time. You may experience the following:

  • Bleeding swelling
  • Scabbing
  • Bruising around the eyes
  • Numbness
  • Itching
  • Inflammation of hair follicles
  • Temporary loss of transplanted hair

If you have stitches, you will have your stitches removed at around 10 days after the surgery. Directly following the procedure, you will have the graft, gauze or bandages to cover your scalp for a few days.

Do You Want to Be Discrete?

Some people only need a couple days to heal, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s time to return to work. If you heal fast and if you’re able to wear a hat to work, you could return the next day if you wanted to. However, most doctors recommend patients taking at least four to 10 days off of work. This depends heavily on how fast your skin heals. For FUE transplants, you may want to wait up to seven days to return to work if you want to be discrete. Some people don’t want others to know that they had the surgery, while others may not mind.

When it comes to a hair transplant surgery, the recovery time is minimal. It’s important to keep in mind that your recovery time is based heavily on your ability to heal and the procedure that you had done. If you’re feeling minimal pain and you can cover your head at work, then you may want to return within a couple days. Most patients, however, will take longer to return to work. When it comes to a hair transplant, there are minimal complications and side effects. For more information on the hair transplant process, contact a doctor today.

Resource: Hair Transplant

Dr. Robin Unger, Hair Loss Treatment NYC