At the Griffin Center of Hair Research and Restoration, Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis perform hair restoration surgery for patients experiencing hair loss for various causes, from pattern baldness to hormonal issues. Our doctors use the latest techniques for hair restoration, including microscopic follicular unit grafting and follicular unit extraction (FUE) with NeoGraft. Below, you’ll find effective tips for minimizing the risk of complications from your hair restoration surgery with healthy recovery.
Do not wash your hair immediately. Following the day of your hair restoration surgery, you will return to our office for your first post-operative appointment. At this visit, your hair will be shampooed and blow dried before Dr. Griffin examines your scalp. Your after-care instructions will also be reviewed with you for the next week, covering the approaches of modified hair care to be done for the next 4-6 days. After one week, the patient can typically shampoo and blow dry normally without restriction. Following your surgery, you will have additional post-operative appointments periodically.
Do not undergo chemical hair processing. After your procedure, it is essential to wait a full month at minimum to color, perm, or chemically treat the hair in any way. Drs. Griffin and Curtis recommend patients who undergo these chemical processing treatments to schedule them for the week prior to the procedure.
Limit strenuous activity. The recovery time is minimal for hair transplantation, but Drs. Griffin and Curtis insist that patients refrain from strenuous activities for one week following surgery. Usually patients return to work within two to four days following surgery. Use this time as an opportunity to properly rest and recover.
Follow customized post-op instructions. During consultation you will be given an overview of post-operative instructions. During your pre-operative appointment, we will review in detail everything you need to know postoperatively as well as give you written instructions. In addition, following the procedure, Drs. Griffin and Curtis and our hair transplant team will review the post-operative care plan with your designated driver, which should be arranged prior to surgery. You will also receive a “goodie bag” containing aftercare products. Immediately after surgery, a patient’s scalp will typically be pink with small scabs surrounding around the micro incisions. Any subsisting hair may be combed over the grafted area to make it less noticeable to camouflage your transplant surgery. Most patients feel comfortable being in public without wearing a hat within 5 to 7 days following surgery.
Be patient with hair growth and have realistic expectations. The first new grafts will start growing within two to four months following the procedure. However, it is important to note that hair grows in cycles, so new grafts do not all start growing at once. By the eighth month after the surgery, an estimated 90% of the grafts are growing. Once the transplanted hair grows out, the results should look completely natural even under careful examination.