Hair Transplant Maintenance

Learn how to maintain & avoid common problems associated with a hair transplant.

Hair Transplant Maintenance

If you’ve made the exciting decision to undergo a Miami hair transplant, congratulations- you’re one step closer to your dream hair.

The FUE technique offers a permanent solution to hair loss. As a result, this procedure can transform your appearance while also restoring your confidence. Although the cost is well worth it when you consider the permanent restoration it yields, patients investing their hairline are usually eager to do whatever it takes to optimize their results and boost their new hair growth.

Following your Miami hair transplant, you’ll be provided with a detailed list of post-operative instructions, including how to care for your incisions, wash your scalp, and which activities you should temporarily avoid. Luckily, unlike the traditional strip hair transplant, today’s FUE technique does not necessitate painful incisions, stitches or staples, which means it’s easy to care for your scalp post-operatively and you will not be left with a noticeable scar. However, to avoid infection, it’s imperative that you follow all aftercare instructions carefully when your new follicle grafts are their most delicate. Immediately following your transplant, you can shower with gentle water pressure, provided that you adhere to the instructions provided by your surgeon. Applying pressure directly to the scalp by rubbing, shampooing or using forceful water pressure should be avoided during the first two weeks, to enable the newly transplanted hair follicles to take root successfully. Two weeks following your procedure, you’ll be able to resume your routine when washing and styling your hair. Until then, your surgeon will let you know how to use topical treatments and spray on shampoo.

Patients may experience some swelling and sensitivity for the first few days following a hair transplant. People with sensitive skin or those with a history of skin allergies should keep a close eye on their scalp and inform their surgeon if a rash or redness occurs. Although it will be difficult to see your micro-incisions due to their size, it is still crucial to avoid exposing them to bacteria, so you reduce the risk of infection. That means swimming, hot tubs, and baths should be avoided during the recovery period.

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Post-procedure products

Following your Miami hair transplant, camouflaging agents including Toppik fibers can be applied to the scalp for two to three weeks. However, it is imperative that you do not apply any solution other than the approved medical-grade scalp products provided by the Miami clinic because the harsh ingredients found within many standard shampoos or hair treatments can jeopardize your healing.

We recommend the Copper K aftercare package, as it contains three high-quality hair and scalp solutions which are specially formulated to soothe and nourish the scalp following a hair restoration procedure. The products include a calming scalp spray, which will alleviate itchiness and a safe spray on shampoo designed to nourish the scalp and keep the scalp moisturized. Using the recommended products will help to prevent hair loss, stimulate the growth of new hair, and support the scalp as it heals.

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We recommend the GliSODin Advanced pre/post formula to our patients as it is designed to aid in recovery, reduce swelling, and encourage the regeneration of active, healthy cells.
GliSODin includes powerful antioxidants which support joint and bone health, boost your production of collagen and elastin, and accelerate healing, which makes it ideal for patients who’ve received hair implants. For optimal results, we suggest that our clients begin taking this hair growth supplement 7 days before their procedure and continue taking it postoperatively.

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Avoid Cigarettes and Nicotine Products

You’re taking steps to look better than you have in a long time, this is an opportunity to take control of your health too!

Most smokers understand the real health risks involved with smoking, but it’s tough to quit and easy to put it off for another day. The time for putting it off is over. You’ve planned a transformative hair loss solution, and you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure its success. Did you know that nicotine impairs your circulation by constricting vessels and reduces blood flow? Smoking, and even smoking cessation products that contain nicotine are not advised before, during and after any cosmetic, medical procedure.

Here’s why: Any wound on your body, no matter how small, required healthy blood flow to heal well. For surgical incisions, smoking can mean delayed healing. For the tiny, micro-scalp incisions and newly implanted hair grafts, it means starving them of the vital oxygen and growth stimulus they need to thrive where they are inserted.

Healthy, non-smoking patients typically see minor scabbing resolved by one week and new, vital hair growth as early as a few months later. The SmartGraft® system delivers an over 90% take rate for those who do not take nicotine products and are in good health. To make the most of this incredibly advanced technology and feel as good as you look, now is the time to quit- you can do it!

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Avoid blood-thinning supplements & medications

Minor redness and inflammation are expected at the treatment sites post-procedure. While this will naturally resolve over the course of a few days, one way to ensure no excessive bruising or bleeding is by careful avoidance of supplements and medications that alter how you clot.
Some people are surprised to learn that common, over the counter pain relievers like Aspirin or Ibuprofen, can make you bleed more easily. They may also take anticoagulants and antiplatelet medications to treat chronic health conditions, so these need to be discussed with your surgeon and your primary health care provider when planning a hair transplant procedure.

In addition to prescriptions and OTC medications, herbal supplements, Omega 3 or Vitamin E may lead to bruising or bleeding and prolong your healing period or complicate the procedure. Though ‘natural’ products sound harmless, they can have dramatic effects on bleeding, especially in a highly vascular area such as the scalp.

FUE technology delivers fast, effective treatment with minimal recovery time, making it ideal for busy professionals who wish to return to work and life without giving away their secret. To have the safest and fastest recovery possible, be sure to talk with your surgeon about any and all products you take.

You can minimize discomfort

Although there are very little pain and no extensive surgical incision associated with this procedure, mild discomfort is expected for at least the first few days. Most Miami FUE patients require only mild pain relief, but your surgeon will provide you with medication to keep you comfortable as needed. The minor redness and scalp sensitivity following a procedure typically resolve by day 3-4.

Immediately post-treatment, you could see minor blood spotting and slight swelling of the scalp or forehead area if the hairline was treated. Because SmartGraft® technology is minimally invasive and a-traumatic, swelling is mild, and patients can get back to regular life quickly, showing no sign of a procedure after the first week. Previous strip method hair transplant methods resulted in a long surgical incision at the back of the head which required two weeks to heal and posed a risk of infection. Aside from feeling tight and uncomfortable while healing, the linear incision can lead to a visible scar. Instead, FUE micro-incisions close completely within a few days, eventually leaving no discernible trace.

To make your recovery comfortable and ensure the best result, your Miami FUE surgeon may recommend a topical solution and products help heal and calm the scalp.

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Dos’ & Don’ts

  • Quit smoking
    Although this can be a difficult habit to break, it is imperative to quit smoking before undergoing a hair restoration procedure such as FUE and to refrain from smoking afterward. In addition to the numerous other destructive chemicals that cigarettes contain, nicotine shrinks blood vessels, reducing blood flow to critical areas such as the scalp and hair follicles. Good circulation is necessary as it enables oxygen and nutrients to move throughout your body effectively, a process which nicotine hinders. Your doctor can provide you with tips to safely and effectively quit smoking for good, so you can feel as young on the inside as you will look on the outside following your hair transplant in Miami.
  • Wash your hair carefully
    To ensure the longevity of your hair grafts and reduce the risk of hair shedding, it is important to wash, style, and manage your hair carefully. Consider replacing your brush with a wide-tooth comb, as this will reduce hair breakage and pulling as you brush through your hair. Also, it is advisable to avoid heat styling products such as blow-dryers whenever possible, as they can damage and dry out the scalp. Instead, try towel gently drying your hair and allowing it to air dry. Once it is safe to resume washing your hair, be sure to select high-quality products which are free from harmful silicone, sulfates, and silicone to ensure that your shampoo and conditioner are not stripping your hair of essential oils, clogging your pores, or damaging your hair cuticles.
  • Healthy lifestyle
    To maintain the health of your hair, try to consume food which is rich in vitamin A, B, C, and E as well as zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and iron. Conditions such as anemia can reduce hair growth and result in poor hair quality, so it is essential to ensure that your diet contains vital nutrients. A lack of protein may also hinder hair growth and lead to dehydration, but drinking plenty of water will help flush toxins from your body. Your primary care physician can provide you with a list of herbal and mineral supplements which promote circulation and hair growth.
  • De-stress
    Since stress of various kinds may be a contributing factor in hair loss, it is essential to take good care of yourself. Telogen effluvium, which is a temporary condition typically brought on by stress, can cause sudden or gradual hair loss. In many cases, it is triggered by chronic stress, an emotional event or the physical stress individuals experience during illness. Although this condition is typically temporary, it is advisable to take steps to reduce stress such as exercising, unwinding or meditating to minimize hair loss and ensure the longevity of your results following your hair restoration procedure.

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The FUE process is an advanced next-generation hair transplant micro-surgery. Click on the steps to get a simplified overview. For more details particular to your case, please consult with our doctor.

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