Post op Hair Transplant Instructions

Post op Hair Transplant Instructions

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You have invested time and money in your grafts. Please follow these instructions carefully to ensure optimum results.

Please contact us first if possible if you have any urgent worries or problems. In an emergency, we do carry mobile phones and have an answering machine but if you feel you need medical assistance immediately, then please seek advice from your local GP or casualty department. However, most problems are straightforward and part of the normal healing process. Please ‘phone us during working hours on 01789 414203 and there will be staff who can help you.

Day of Procedure.

You may wear a baseball cap or similar to go home in but Not a tight fitting or woolly hat. We will show you how to put it on but once it is in place, do not take it off again or keep adjusting it, as your scalp will still be numb from the local anaesthetic and it is very easy initially to dislodge or damage grafts without realising it. When you get home, we recommend that you remove the cap, slowly and carefully, whilst watching in the mirror.

You may need to take paracetamol or ibuprofen for the first 24-48 hours. Once the local anaesthetic has worn off, your donor site is likely to feel tight and sore. You will benefit from taking the painkillers regularly, every four to six hours, for the first 24 hours or so, as this will reduce the discomfort to a minimum. You should not use drink alcohol for the first 24 hours as this “thins the blood” and may cause minor bleeding. After the procedure, you may experience slight spotting of blood from the donor site but this is not unusual and you should simply press firmly on the area for 5 minutes with the clean swabs provided.

You may need to take paracetamol or ibuprofen for the first 24-48 hours. Once the local anaesthetic has worn off, your donor site is likely to feel tight and sore. You will benefit from taking the painkillers regularly, every four to six hours, for the first 24 hours or so, as this will reduce the discomfort to a minimum. You should not use drink alcohol for the first 24 hours as this “thins the blood” and may cause minor bleeding. After the procedure, you may experience slight spotting of blood from the donor site but this is not unusual and you should simply press firmly on the area for 5 minutes with the clean swabs provided.

Days 1 – 2

Day One is the first morning after the procedure (i.e. approx 15 -20 hours after it is finished).

Your donor site will be a little sore. Avoid scratching or picking the crusting on your scalp. You will be given a small spray bottle of saline and you should lightly spray the crusts hourly. It keeps them moist and helps with any irritating itching. You may get some forehead or eyebrow swelling over the next few days. This is normal and is to be expected. This can be reduced by “taking it easy.” You should lie back rather than sit upright if reading or watching TV as this will help any swelling to dissipate away from your face.

Day 3

 You can now get your hair wet. Stand under a gentle, lukewarm shower for five minutes, letting the water soak the crusts but do not scratch or use shampoo just yet. Leave your hair to dry naturally, using your fingers to style it, dabbing gently with a soft towel. DO NOT RUB! You can do this twice or even three times a day for 10 minutes a time. Any forehead swelling will peak now and disappear over the next few days.

Day 4

This is the first day you can wash your head with shampoo. Again, soak your hair for at least five minutes then put some shampoo in the palm of your hand and then gently put this on the top of your head, letting the lather run over your head and slowly moving it over the whole head. Leave for a minute and wash off, as above.

Days 5 – 10

 You should now be shampooing daily with a mild shampoo such as Neutrogena. You should apply the shampoo to the back or sides of the head, away from your grafts and gently work into a lather. You should then gently allow the soapy suds to run onto the grafts. Do not be tempted to pick at the crusts but don’t be surprised if some of the graft hairs come away with the loose crusts. This is perfectly normal. This should be carried out daily as this helps to speed up the healing process.

Days 9-11 – Removal of Stitches

 You will be told what type of stitch has been used. We can use both absorbable and non-absorbable stitches. However, stitches are best removed if possible, because the scar will heal better, quicker and you’ll get back to normal faster, but also because the absorption process causes itching.

The stitch type is a simple continuous spiral “running stitch”, similar to a “spring.” Each visible loop of stitch should be cut first, and then the short lengths removed. Do Not attempt to cut one end and pull through!! You should though, cut each knot at each end.

 Days 11-14

The donor area should now be healing fast. Many patients find the donor site more comfortable once the stitches are removed. You should avoid heavy lifting or exercise until at least two weeks is up and only exercise fairly gently for the first four weeks.

Day 14 – Six Months

Once your stitches have gone and the donor area feels comfortable then it is a good time to have a haircut but not too short to begin with i.e. not less than electric clipper setting “4”. Over the next six months, the individual hairs will start growing through, getting longer each day. It is important to realise that the hair doesn’t appear “all at once” but is a gradual , random process, maximum results are achieved by 24 months. Once all the hair has grown to a reasonable length you can treat your hair normally – washing, drying, dyeing, cutting etc.

It is normal not to see any growth at all before three months and it often takes six to nine months before thick growth comes through. It is also common for the transplants to initially grow for a few weeks, then shedding later at 4 weeks, before regrowing.

 Review

We would like you to return for review at 12 months to check on growth, results and satisfaction. We can compare your before and after photos and discuss any future hair restoration requirements. This review is mandatory but if it is difficult for you to get to see us, then please keep us informed by telephone or post or email photos over.

 

 

 

 

Written 1/3/2015                                                                               Review 1/3/2016

Dr Rogers Compliment Letter 2015 – SG

When I arrived at the clinic on Harley Street I was welcomed warmly by the staff and did not have to wait long before the Surgeon (Dr Richard Rogers) came and introduced himself. I then sat down with Dr Rogers who spent time getting to know me, asking very detailed questions. He then spent some time with me penciling on different hairlines giving me plenty of time to think, whilst giving his expert opinion and advice on what would look the most realistic. When I had decided on the placement of my new hair line Dr Rogers made sure that I was happy with the outline drawn one last time walking round showing me it from different angles using a mirror. Through Dr Rogers being so intent on making sure I was 100% happy with the procedure before going ahead really helped me feel comfortable and sure with my decision. With my hairline drawn and having been made to feel completely relaxed by Dr Rogers I was walked to the surgery. Even then Dr Rogers continued to make me feel comfortable introducing me to each of his nurses and explaining each step to me in detail of what they would be doing whilst he performed the procedure.

 

Having talked through the procedure with me and going over everything in extreme detail Dr Rogers asked me to place myself on the chair and then began to adjust the position making sure that I was completely comfortable. Now that I was sat comfortably and ready for the procedure to begin Dr Rogers began to guide me through each step before doing so. To begin with he explained that he would be administering general anesthetic to numb the surrounding area, and told me that it may hurt a little like a pinch. However, I did not feel a thing! In fact I didn’t even realise Dr Rogers had begun, he was so gentle and light handed I was shocked and of course extremely pleased! With the first part out of the way and the surrounding area completely numb, Dr Rogers told me that he would now begin to remove the strip of skin. At this stage I could honestly not believe how it was possible that I could not feel my skin being cut away. Throughout the procedure I was not once in pain and Dr Rogers continually made sure that I was ok and checked that I was in no kind of pain.

 

Better still Dr Rogers talked to me throughout the procedure and joined in with conversations between the nurses and myself. This really made me feel at ease and at times I nearly forgot that I was having a hair transplant. With my strip of skin removed and the nurses now taking each hair follicle from the skin, Dr Rogers began to stitch my skin back together. Even now I could not feel a thing and before I knew it Dr Rogers had finished. Whilst the nurses continued to separate the hair follicles Dr Rogers offered me some water and asked if I had any food to eat to help boost my sugar levels. Once I had eaten a snack and topped myself up with water Dr Rogers made sure that I was comfortable before the procedure continued. He then explained that he would be administering some local anesthetic to the surrounding area for the hair follicles to be placed. With the area numbed and having been told what was to happen next Dr Rogers began to make tiny pin pricks into my skin for the hair follicles to be placed in by his nurses. I cannot stress enough how I did not feel a thing and it was over with so quickly, he was a magician with his hands! It was now time for the final part of the procedure; the nurses began to delicately place my hair follicles in one by one.

 

With the procedure now finished and my new hairline complete, I was given plenty of time to slowly sit myself up. Dr Rogers then offered me some water and food to help boost my sugar levels. Now that I had my bearings back, Dr Rogers walked me into a quiet room and showed me to a mirror. He then said that he would leave me for a few minutes to look at the hairline. After a few minutes had passed he knocked on the door and asked if I was happy with the outcome, to which I found myself near on speechless! I told him how happy I was with it and continually thanked him for doing such an amazing job. He then asked me to take a seat and began to explain in detail how to care for my new hair each day and gave me a detailed plan on paper. He then gave me a spray that he explained would help to clean any blood away from the surrounding area. After making sure that I was completely happy with the outcome and asking if I had any questions Dr Rogers shook my hand and wished me the best of luck with my new hairline.

SG