The decision to have NeoGraft™ hair restoration surgery is truly life-changing, opening up a world of improved confidence, social success and aesthetic satisfaction. Nevertheless, getting good results requires you to take proper care of your donor sites, grafts and entire scalp. These guidelines ensure you get the most out of the procedure.
1 Week Post Surgery
Immediately following your NeoGraft™ transplant, it is normal to experience some swelling, scabbing, itching and very minor bleeding at the donor and/or graft sites. To help minimize these symptoms and protect the grafts,
. Wear your pressure dressing for at least 24 hours.
. Apply the disinfecting and scar-minimizing ointment your surgeon provides for three to four days.
. Spray the grafts with sterile water several times a day to keep them moist, as dryness can worsen itchiness.
. If you experience bleeding, press but do not rub on the area with a gauze pad.
. Use cold packs to help reduce swelling for the first two to three days, positioning them at least one inch away from the graft site rather than directly on the swollen tissue.
. While sleeping, use gravity to your advantage for at least two days to minimize fluid buildup. Sleep on your back without pillows if you had frontal hairline restoration and with a neck pillow if your surgery involved the crown.
. Don’t wear hats for at least two days, and afterward, wear them only when truly needed.
. Wait 24 hours to wash your hair. When you do wash, wet your hair with soapy water mixed in a cup rather than letting powerful jets of hot water hit your scalp, and don’t touch the recipient areas. It is acceptable to wash every day or every other day.
. Opt for low-intensity rather than high-intensity exercise for up to two weeks. Very intense workouts will put additional, unnecessary stress on your body while it is trying to recover from the surgery and heal the donor and graft sites.
. Take pain medications as prescribed.
2 Weeks-2 Months Post Surgery
By one month after NeoGraft™, most patients are able to resume most everyday activities and a more normal hair care routine. Even so, continue to exercise caution. For example, don’t comb, brush or blow dry your hair until all your scabs have fallen away on their own. Opt for very gentle shampoos to avoid irritating the scalp. Don’t be alarmed if you notice some hair loss during this time, especially around the two to four week mark. You will lose many of the transplanted hair shafts as part of the natural hair cycle; the bulbs remain intact and will grow new hairs. Wait at least a month before resuming the use of hair growth products (e.g., Rogaine) and six weeks to color your hair.
6-8 Months Post Surgery
At this point, you should see new hairs emerging. Although the hairs will be thin at first, they’ll thicken up and change texture over a few weeks. This is the earliest most professionals opt to have another NeoGraft™ procedure.
1 Year Post Surgery
By one year after your surgery, your transplanted follicles should be well established and growing new hairs at around 80%. Through the next year, the natural curvature that occurs with the hairs tends to resolve, and you’ll achieve better thickness and volume.
NeoGraft™ is a wonderful option for many individuals suffering from hair loss. After the procedure, however, success depends to a large degree on much effort you put into care. Contact the Dermatology Center of Indiana to make sure you have all the tools you need to grow new hair as healthy as possible.