Soon after your hair transplant procedure, you will begin to notice a scab or crust forming over each graft. This scab usually remains attached for about seven to 14 days. When the area has healed, the crust will fall off leaving a pink mark at the site of the graft. Although this scab may be visible for a couple weeks, most patients are able to cover them by combing the hair over the scabbed area. If the patient normally wears hair pieces, it can be used to cover the scabs until they fall off.
Hair will shed after Surgery
The hair in the area with the grafts normally sheds about two to eight weeks after the treatment. At times many of these hairs fall off with the scabs; occasionally the hair takes a little longer to fall off. It is rare, but possible for a couple transplanted follicles to not shed their hair, but it will continue to grow right after the treatment. With these few exceptions, the grafts normally have no hair for about 10 to 14 weeks post-op; during this time the hair sheds and new hair is produced.
Hair growth after hair transplant
By the twelfth week after the transplant, or sometimes as early as the eighth week, a new generation of hair becomes visible on the scalp. This new hair will grow at the same rate as it did at the original location, which is normally about ½ inch every month.
Occasional Swelling after Hair Transplant
If a large area has been transplanted, swelling of the forehead is likely to occur. This swelling should only last between two to four days. In rare occasions, it can be severe enough to cause puffiness around the eyes.
The swelling generally begins about two to three days after the treatment and is most visible after the first session. After several sessions, swelling becomes mild or non-existent. Swelling is completely normal and temporary, it will not cause any harm to the healing of the transplants.
Contrary to what many individuals have been told, the scalp actually does have a great blood supply. During the procedure, the patient is expected to bleed but this can be controlled when the doctor applies pressure. The donor area is stitched to minimize bleeding and produce a better scar. After seven to ten days, the stitches are removed.
Decrease in the Scalp Sensitivity
After a transplant, it is possible for there to be a temporary decrease in the sensitivity of the scalp. This is because the nerves have been cut from the donor area and the recipient areas are prepared. After three to 18 months, the nerves will regenerate and correct itself. In rare occasions, there might be a permanent decrease of sensitivity in certain areas.
Hair Transplant is a Permanent Solution
Overall, the great news that there is a solution to your hairless worries; Hair Transplant Surgery lasts forever and the transplanted hair will continue growing for the rest of your life!