FUE Maintenance

What to do after your hair loss cure procedure – how to maintain results

Maintain Hair Transplant Results

Whether due to genetics, a skin condition, or the natural aging process, many men experience hair loss in their lifetime.

In fact, it’s estimated that as many as two-thirds of the male population experience balding or thinning hair in their fifties and sixties, while up to 25% of men begin to see these changes when they are still in their twenties. Unfortunately, this physical change can have a detrimental impact on both appearance and a person’s self-esteem.

The value our society places on a full head of hair is still significant today. However, many men are hesitant to consider hair restoration surgery because traditional hair transplant procedures often delivered unnatural or undesirable results in the past. Luckily, it’s no longer necessary to shy away from hair transplant surgery, as the modern, follicular unit extraction procedure offers a safe and effective solution to hair loss. While the standard strip method requires making a long incision at the back of the head and dissecting individual plugs by hand, state of the art SmartGraft® FUE procedures efficiently removes and implant micro-hair grafts without making a large incision. As a result, it’s a virtually scar-less procedure, delivering results so naturally, the treatment itself is practically undetectable. The following tips will help ensure a safe and speedy recovery after your hair loss cure in Miami.

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Follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions.

Both pre and post-operatively, it is imperative to follow all instructions provided by your plastic surgeon. While the chance of complications is relatively low using advanced techniques, it’s a surgical procedure with inherent risks you should be aware of. To avoid unnecessary frustrations, you should adhere to your surgeon’s guidelines during recovery, as this will help reduce the risk of infection, allow the implanted hair to “take,” and encourage healthy new hair growth.

What to avoid

Avoid the following

Avoid alcohol use

Both before and after your hair loss cure FUE procedure, it’s essential to limit your alcohol consumption. High amounts of alcohol can thin your blood, increasing the likelihood of bleeding or bruising during surgery. Thus, alcohol should be avoided for a minimum of 48 hours post-procedure. However, for optimal results and to enable the transplanted hair follicles to heal, it is best to abstain from alcohol for several days and only reintroduce alcohol once your surgeon has advised you it is safe to do so.

Avoid tobacco use

If you’re considering an FUE hair transplant, it just might be the motivation you need to quit smoking. Nicotine products must be avoided before your procedure, at least two weeks earlier. Cutting out nicotine for good is recommended, as it will enable you to feel younger and healthier while rejuvenating your appearance. To increase the effectiveness of your hair loss cure, avoid smoking and tobacco cessation products because the chemicals shrink blood vessels, impair circulation and reduce blood flow. Nicotine use can delay the healing of your wounds and prevent optimal nutrients from reaching your scalp, which means that newly implanted hairs will not be able to grow and thrive where they’re grafted. Conversely, healthy, smoke-free patients find that their micro-incisions close and heal within a few days, and minor scabbing resolves itself within a week of the procedure. Swelling is minimal, and the SmartGraft® hair transplant procedure has a 90% “take” rate, provided that the scalp is healthy and circulation is not impaired by nicotine use.

Avoid blood thinning medications

In most cases, patients experience only slight redness or swelling for a few days after their hair loss cure. To prevent bruising and bleeding, patients must be cautious about which supplements or medications they take before surgery. Anticoagulants including Coumadin or antiplatelet drugs like Aspirin should be avoided for at least two weeks before your hair transplant. Your surgeon will provide you with a list of medications to avoid in order to keep you safe. Some herbal supplements, vitamin E and Omega 3 may also thin the blood and should be avoided in the weeks leading up to your procedure. Be sure to tell your surgeon about anything which may fall into these categories, even if you’re unsure. Provided that you adhere to the advice you’re given, you can return to work and other daily activities soon after your procedure without appearing as though you have undergone surgery, which makes this an ideal treatment option for busy professionals.

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Can I count on my hair transplant results to be permanent?

We hope you’ve been taking care of your overall health, diet and exercise to keep your body in great shape and your vitamin/nutrient levels where they should be. Today’s advanced, effective FUE hair transplant techniques can provide longer-lasting success rates than ever before, but you can ensure optimal results through your daily habits.

The SmartGraft® and NeoGraft® hair transplant devices are designed to preserve and transfer more viable grafts than previously possible and deliver an impressive take rate of 90% or higher. While some hair thinning over a long period of time is realistic to expect, your results are considered to be permanent and after full-thickness grows in at the 1-year mark, you can enjoy your hair for many years.

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Long term maintenance

Down the road, some patients will return to our clinic for additional “touch up” hairline filling or overall refreshing of their hair transplant results. You can probably expect to undergo a second procedure at some point in your life, especially if you are on the younger side when you choose to undergo your first hair loss cure procedure. Genetic hair loss can be unpredictable. Though the newly transplanted hair will grow continually if it is genetically programmed to grow, the natural growth cycle of hairs and variance between individuals means that each transplanted hair, once established, should continue to grow for a lifetime with no limit, but the non-transplanted, native hairs surrounding the graft may continue to thin and shed over time. In order to prevent uneven hair growth after a hair transplant, many hair transplant specialists will advise using topical hair loss prevention medication such as Minoxidil or oral Finasteride. These hair loss solutions help to stop hair loss in original hairs.

At the Miami Hair Transplant Clinic, we want to set you up for success, so we will offer you everything you need to be informed about options and choose a customized, effective plan that suits you. Our approach is to not only see you get your confidence back with a new hairline but help you keep it and enjoy it for many years to come. Contact us today and get started.

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After Hair Loss Cure
Do’s & Don’t s

  • Do take the antibiotic you are prescribed. While the chance of infection is low thanks to the advanced techniques utilized through today’s state-of-the-art micro-surgery, you’ll be prescribed an antibiotic as a precaution while healing. It’s crucial to complete the full course of antibiotics after your hair loss cure procedure and avoid exposing your scalp to bacteria in baths, pools or hot tubs.
  • Do use spray on shampoo. For optimal results, patients should take great care to protect the recipient site for 7-10 days post-operatively. Once you receive the all-clear from your surgeon, be sure to wash your hair very gently to avoid pressing or pulling on the newly transplanted hairs. You’ll be provided with a spray on shampoo which should be utilized for the first few days. Afterward, specialized hair growth products including Revivogen Bio-Cleansing Shampoo and Conditioner may be recommended t help protect and nourish hair follicles, contributing to the longevity of your investment.
  • Do not color your hair for 6-8 weeks. Although it may be difficult, do not color your hair for a week before your procedure and at least 6-8 weeks after the treatment. Additionally, only a semi-permanent hair color can be used for the first three months, because permanent color may damage newly transplanted hair.

Although the tips as mentioned above will help you prevent common problems after your FUE procedure, the best way to ensure that you achieve the seamless and natural results you desire is to entrust the hair restoration specialists at the Miami Hair Transplant Clinic. We utilize SmartGraft®, the most advanced hair transplant technology in Miami, to deliver results that blend so well with your existing hair, no one will know what you’ve had done unless you choose to tell them. If you’re interested in restoring a full, thick head of hair and tired of disappointing products or half measures, you can feel confident that our hair care experts deliver results as impressive as they are discrete. Please contact our clinic today to learn more about your options and schedule a private consultation.

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