You have paid a lot of money for your hair transplants, and while everything looks beautiful, you are understandably nervous and concerned about looking after your grafts and not putting them at any undue risk. One of the most frequently asked questions about hair transplants is asking when exactly the hair grafts are secure.
There is no definitive answer to this question of course because everyone’s scalp and the surgeon is different. The standard answer would seem to be that after fourteen days your grafts should be well established and secure. If you do some research yourself, online some people will even claim that your grafts are safe after three days, but I was unable to find any scientific proof of this.
Logic would dictate that your scalp has had quite a severe bit of disruption and will, therefore, take some time to heal; every day that goes by is an extra day for repair and improvement. Remember back to your days as a child, which may be harder for some than others, when you fell over and cut your knee. Sometimes you would think all was well after a few days and pull at the scab only to realize that things hadn’t advanced quite as much as you had anticipated.
The key thing to remember is that you have invested a lot of time and money into your transplants, so don’t put your hair grafts under any unnecessary pressure, time is an incredible healer, so the more patient you are, the better things are likely to be.
Also, bear in mind that everybody will heal at a different rate, so this is why it is impossible to give a generic answer to the question. For a few weeks after your transplant, there is a strong possibility that you will notice some hair falling out, but do not panic. This is entirely natural and nothing to panic about.
Naturally, seek advice from your surgeon but regarding washing your hair straight after the operation and in the following days, the more you can wash it the better and quicker your recovery will be. This is because the crusting that takes place after the operation prevents the cuts from closing up quickly, so if you can gently dislodge or prevent excessive crusting by washing your scalp gently, this will dramatically increase the healing process.
Finally keep in touch with your surgeon, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and don’t panic. This video below may help you to understand the full process and ease any concerns you might have.