This is the question that has been asked tens and thousands of times, especially the people who desire to know about every single detail before they undergo a surgery ask this basic question. There is a short answer of course and this short answer says that individuals usually shower following the initial week after a hair transplant treatment, but they should keep their scalp dry. On the other hand, after 48 hours, patients can gently wash the transplanted areas but should avoid getting shower water on the new grafts. Patients can shower and wash their hair normally after one week.
On the other hand, we advise people to know more about the procedure of a hair transplant since it gives you permanent or life-long results.
First of all, you should know about what to do before a hair transplant to understand what to do afterwards. That is, before the surgery, the doctor will determine the amount of follicles required to get a good result and a natural appearance. Some tests will also be performed. Specific questions will be asked to determine if your case is suitable for hair transplant surgery and to identify the donor area. The donor area is the primary source of grafts. For men, this is often the rear of the hair, especially if beard hair may be added to increase the amount of grafts. For women, an outer source of hair follicle may be used as women do not have much in their body.
Second, once you are a good candidate for the surgery, the procedure will start. At that point, you can think about what to do after the surgery is completed, including the concern of how to wash your scalp or have a shower.
The followings are advised for you to follow as to have a successful outcome;
- You should allow your scalp and new hair roots sleep 48 hours before shampooing your hair following hair transplant surgery. Of course, you can shower beforehand, but bear in mind that you have to keep your hair dry.
- You can start washing your hair on Day 3 after your hair transplant. For the first 5 days, use extreme caution when shampooing your hair. A light hair wash will not harm the newly transplanted follicles, but proceed with caution. Scrubbing too hard may dislodge a graft, which you do not want.
- You should avoid the act of putting your scalp in a direct way under the water. Many showerheads are powerful, especially if you have a massaging showerhead. Again, gentleness is the watchword. A rain or rainfall showerhead that distributes water over a large area is ideal for the job.
- Filling a cup with water and pouring it over your head is the greatest approach to ensure you are being as gentle as possible.
- The washing should also be done with care. Squeeze a small amount of shampoo into your hand, suds it up between your hands, and then gently rub it into your hair.
Therefore, one can conclude that after two days of the surgery, you can get a bathe but with the rule of keeping your scalp dry. After three days, on the other hand, the water can touch your scalp and hair with caution.
To summarize, you will receive a hair care kit soon following hair transplantation. This set includes a special shampoo and spray for washing hair. Our hair transplant specialists will perform the first wash 48 hours after the operation in the hospital setting. A short washing training will be provided for patients with limited time and who must return to their native country 48 hours in advance.
How to Wash Hair after Hair Transplant
First, apply lotion/oil/any alternative appropriate moisturizer to your scalp and leave it in place for 15-30 minutes. The scalp should be rinsed with warm water after 15-30 minutes. A specific medical shampoo is used to clean the donor and transplanted areas. To do so, lather a small amount of shampoo between your palms and gently massage it into your scalp. Do not smear. After you have washed your hair, pat it dry with a paper towel. Continue to use the special shampoo until the bottle is finished. Then, 14 days after the transplant, you can start washing your hair normally.