How To Camouflage A Hair Transplant
If you’ve chosen to return to work, whether at an office or at a desk, you may wish to conceal or camouflage the appearance of your treatment. For many patients in Miami, this is a major concern. Many patients don’t want people to know they’ve undergone a hair transplant when they return to work. Here are some of the following reasons that people may tell whether someone has undergone a hair transplant:
- Back and sides of the hair are cut short.
- In the freshly implanted region, there may be a few little scabs that are visible.
- The donor and receiver portions are both red and may be swollen.
- Depending how soon you return to work, you may have a bandage surrounding the treated areas.
Many patients will need to shave their back and sides of the head to a grade 0 in order to undergo a FUE hair transplant. It takes 7-10 days for this to develop to a length that isn’t considered too short for work. So, if you’re concerned about getting a too short haircut after your hair transplant, we recommend waiting 7-10 days before returning to work.
You may see little scabs where your freshly implanted grafts are during the first 1-4 days following hair transplant surgery. On the fifth day following surgery, when you finally get to wash your hair, these little scabs will start to fall out. These little scabs should have gone out completely by the 7th-10th day of washing. So, if you’re concerned about returning to work and someone seeing minor scabs following surgery, you should wait 7-10 days before doing so.
You will notice that the back and front of your head are somewhat red after your hair transplant. This is due to the fact that your hair transplant surgeon’s microscopic cuts heal with some redness. This redness is more visible on light-colored skin than on darker-colored skin. As a consequence, the redness may be more visible for a longer period of time.
The redness usually lasts 10-14 days as a rule of thumb. It is unusual for it to stay more than 6-8 weeks following hair transplant surgery, particularly if you have lighter skin. If you are concerned about redness following surgery, we recommend waiting two weeks before returning to work.
If you get an unshaven hair transplant, however, you should be able to comb over and disguise any red spots, thereby disguising any evidence of surgery. This implies that an unshaved procedure may be advantageous if you wish to return to work sooner following your hair transplant.
The Follow-Up Medication
In some cases, after your hair transplant you may be required to spray the area with prescription medication. If that is the case you will need to spray the recipient site every 30 minutes, or depending on your doctor’s suggestion.
You should take a 5-day break after your hair transplant since you will be spraying your freshly implanted hairs on a daily basis (every 30 minutes). On the fifth day following your hair transplant, you may be able to cease spraying. After that, you may want to return to work because you will no longer be required to spray on a regular basis.