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Everything You Need to Know To Make Your Hair Transplant Recovery a Success

Our NeoGraft consultant Shauna is always in close contact with our hair transplant patients, from the time you send us your quote request all the way through your recovery. This ensures that you always get the information you need, even if you send us an urgent text on a Saturday night. And it also lets us know how everyone is doing.

Last week a patient proudly told Shauna he’d done as instructed and kept his head elevated at all times to prevent swelling – by sleeping in a hammock he’d strung up in the backyard. Needless to say, a hammock hadn’t figured in Shauna’s post-op instructions, but we were thrilled to hear that he had found a way to make it work.

Sleeping with your head elevated is only one of many things to remember for your recovery. To help you better understand what’s required, we have published quite a few recovery tips and instructions. Today we’ve pulled these all together into a single blog post for easy access. Together with our Post-Op Instruction Sheet this gives you all you need to know for your hair transplant recovery.

DO’s and DON’Ts

Every day we engage in certain routines, from sleeping to showering to spending time outside, and after you’ve had a hair transplant it’s important to know how to do those things safely without endangering the growth of the newly transplanted hair. Read DO’s and DON’Ts After a Hair Transplant for an easy-to-navigate list of which activities are allowed and even encouraged, and which ones are big no-nos.

How to Prevent Swelling

Even though NeoGraft hair transplants are only minimally-invasive, meaning they are done without surgical incisions or sutures, some swelling is to be expected after the procedure. Just imagine that your scalp is being pricked for hours at a time. The pricks are tiny and not painful, but in sum they may trigger a reaction from your body. Not every hair transplant patient experiences swelling, but it is fairly common to have some swelling, typically on the 2nd and 3rd day after the procedure. Read our Top 5 Tips to Prevent Swelling after Hair Transplant Surgery to know precisely what you should do to keep swelling in check.

How to Wash Your Hair

This is the question we probably get the most often. How do you make sure you wash your hair in a way that doesn’t hurt the new growth? And no, we are not going to have you walk around with unwashed hair for weeks at a time. There is a safe way to wash hair after an initial waiting period of 48 hours, and we give you detailed instructions on how to do it in a non-abrasive way. Read How Soon Can I Wash My Hair After a Hair Transplant to learn more.

How to Sleep

Right after how to wash your hair comes the question of how to sleep after your hair transplant. This is important for two reasons: First, you want to make sure you don’t rub the newly transplanted follicles too much against the pillow. And secondly, you should minimize the aforementioned risk of swelling. Read Tips on How to Sleep After a Hair Transplant to make sure you know how to make the right sleeping arrangements after your procedure.

Planning Your Downtime

Your hair transplant recovery isn’t all downtime, far from it. Not Downtime But Playtime: Recovery After NeoGraft tells you how many days away from work you should expect to take, how many days it will take for the puncture marks from follicle extraction to scab over, and when your hair will begin to grow in. We also touch on which activities are safe to undertake, and which ones you should abstain from.

Choosing the Right Time

There is of course no right or wrong time for a hair transplant, and many factors play a role. But your recovery will be easier and thus lead to success if you’ve planned it well in advance to cause the least disruption. Many of our patients prefer to have a hair transplant over Christmas break, but there are also reasons why a summertime procedure might be best – the aforementioned backyard hammock just being one of them! Also read When is the Best Time to Have a Hair Transplant for additional tips.

If you have any remaining questions about the recovery from a hair transplant, don’t hesitate to give us a call or use the form to request a quote to get in touch.


With over 20 years of experience in FUE hair restoration, we are a leading provider of affordable hair transplants in the Southeast. Our results speak for themselves, and our personal attention is what our patients rave about. Conveniently located in Nashville, Memphis, and Louisville, we also offer travel packages for out-of-town patients. Request Free Quote>>