2. Do not wash your hair for 24 hours after your hair transplant surgery. When you do wash it, use a mild shampoo and just “pat” the graft sites and donor site areas. Either stand in the shower and let the water run through your fingertips over the grafts sites or bend over a sink and rinse your hair by pouring water out of a cup over your head. You may wash hair daily this way until the little “scabs” fall off in about 10-14 days after the surgery. Beginning around the 10th day, you should notice the “scabs” begin falling off on their own. You can facilitate their removal (after 10-14 days) by lightly rubbing the “scabs” with the pads of your fingers (Not your fingernails, though). By the time 2 weeks have passed since your surgery, all the “scabs” should be gone. Call the HTC office or your private physician’s office about 10 days after your surgery to make an appointment to have your sutures removed after they have been in about 14 days. If you develop fever, chills, or any suspicious or painful “bumps” on or near the donor site, or any drainage develops from the donor site or the grafted sites, telephone your doctor immediately.,
3. Many people feel a “numbness” on their scalp after the surgery that can last from weeks to months. Do not be concerned because little “sensory” nerves are sometimes cut during the transplant process but full feeling will eventually be restored.
4. For the first 3 nights after your surgery, sleep at a 45 degree angle to cut down on swelling in and around your head that can sometimes occur. You can sleep semi-reclined in a “Lazy-Boy” type chair or in your own bed with several pillows “propping” you up to the to the required 45 degree angle. You will be given some mild sleeping pills which will enable you to sleep in this otherwise uncomfortable position. You will also be prescribed a five day (quick tapering) course of steroids which will also help to decrease any post-operative swelling. If you get some swelling in the forehead area (in spite of all the aforementioned precautions) use a cool pack wrapped in a towel on your forehead (15 min. on and 30 min. off etc.) until the swelling improves (don’t allow the cool pack to touch the grafts).
5. You will be given a one week course of antibiotics to help preven any infections from developing. Please take them all (even though you feel good and don’t see any problems).
6. You will also be prescribed a narcotic for pain-control should you need it. Many people only need Tylenol (remember, no aspirin). If Tylenol is not enough, please take the narcotic as prescribed with food to prevent stomach upset. Start with one pill every 4-6 hours and see how it makes you feel (if one pill every 4-6 hours is enough for good pain control and you don’t get sick or too sleepy, then stay with that dose and frequency. If one is not enough, try two pills every 4-6 hours with food, etc.)
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