Hair loss is common but can take a toll on your confidence, self-esteem and overall quality of life. But you can put that all behind you through a hair transplant which helps you achieve a full, natural head of hair. The Austin Texas Hair Restoration Center specialists can work with you to determine your best hair transplant option according to your unique needs. You have a major role in ensuring that your treatment is successful. What you do immediately after your treatment matters to the procedure’s success, and here is what you can do.
Maintain a Head Wrap for About 24 Hours
Your head must be covered for about 24 hours after your hair transplant procedure. Your head can be covered with a bandanna, headband, or a surgeon’s cap. Your doctor can also bandage the incision area but to be removed the next day. On the next day after your surgery, you can remove the surgeon’s cap and bandanna but not the headband. Also, you must be careful when removing the headgear to avoid interfering with the graft. Follow your doctor’s instructions on removing the headgear carefully.
Keep Your Head Elevated as You Sleep
You will be required to elevate your head every night for three days after your hair transplant. This aims at minimizing swelling in the head. You can either add pillows to your bed and sleep on your back or lift your bed in an inclined position. But be careful with pilling pillows to avoid other complications like neck and back pain. If you can sleep in a reclining chair, even better. It will help you minimize movements during sleep.
Watch for Warning Signs
Be alert after your hair transplant for any warning signs. Although you can expect to experience slight swelling, pain, or redness around your scalp, that should go away with rest and a few basic self-care instructions by your doctor. However, if pain persists or swelling and redness increase, it could be a sign of an infection, and you should reach out to your doctor immediately. Also, you should report to your doctor immediately when you feel chilled, feverish, or running a fever.
Take Your medications as Instructed
Your doctor will prescribe some medications after the hair transplant to help you recover. Ensure you stick to the prescribed dosage and take the medications for the assigned time. Your doctor can prescribe pain relievers for the pain and tenderness on or around your scalp. They can also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and antibiotics to prevent infection.
It is normal to feel itchy in the transplanted area. However, tempting as that can be to scratch, ensure you do not give in to the feeling. Scratching or picking the scabs can dislodge the hair root. If the itching is unbearable, contact your doctor for help. If you accidentally dislodge a hair, never attempt to put it back. If you experience bleeding from the site the hair comes out from, hold clean cotton until the bleeding stops and call your doctor.
If you are considering a hair transplant to restore a head full of hair, call the surgical hair restoration specialists at Texas Hair Restoration Center for help. You can also schedule a consultation appointment online.