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Things To Do After Hair Transplant

Washing Process After Operation

The first two weeks after hair transplantation are very critical for positive recovery. Important points to be considered and done in this regard;

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Washing after hair transplantation is one of the most important points to be considered. Any harsh intervention, impact or wrong movement to the head in the process after the transplantation causes the transplanted roots to be shaken and the new hair follicle does not settle. On the very next day after the hair transplant procedure, patients should have dressing and washing in the clinics and hospitals where they are treated.

The patient cannot do this procedure himself/herself. The washing process, which starts on the 3rd or 4th day after the hair transplantation shower and lasts for 10 days, should only be provided with shampoos and creams taken with the doctor’s advice. The washing process should be performed by massaging with light and soft movements. Any chemical product that will come into contact with the hair should be avoided. Antibacterial products with a pH value of 5.5 should be preferred. If the necessary hygiene environment is provided, pimples and spots that may appear on the head can be prevented. In addition to these, there will be scabs on the head after hair transplant. These crusts should be softened with lotions taken with the advice of a doctor. The more the amount of lotion we use, the higher the rate of softening of the skin. In this process, too much cold or hot water should not be used, and environments such as baths and saunas should not be entered. The transplanted area should not be exposed to rain and sunlight for at least 15 days.

Products to be used in the washing process

Products to be used in the washing process;

For the washing process after hair transplantation, the patient should definitely not use shampoo, cream, etc. products that he/she uses in his/her routine life. The contact of any chemical-containing product with the transplanted area causes the treatment to be interrupted and the required result is not obtained. For this reason, the hair transplanted area should first be softened with the spray given under the control of the physician. After the spray is left for 3o minutes, it should be washed by massaging with shampoo. The water to be used should not be too hot or cold and the water pressure should not be intense. Ozone cream should be applied to the transplanted area after washing.

 Shock Spill After Treatment;

After the hair transplant treatment is applied, brownish coloured crusts begin to form around the transplanted area. This is called shock shedding. The reason is the drying of the blood in the graft area. It is one of the normal and healing conditions seen in the process. The hair falls out along with the crusts. Shock shedding lasts for 10 days. In some patients, it may take up to 20 days for this loss to end. While the shock shedding continues, the hair follicles should not be damaged. Therefore, the transplanted area should be washed gently without damaging the follicles. In the first 3 days, patients should get expert help in this regard

Lying Position;

A high pillow at a 45 degree angle should be used for three nights after the hair transplant operation. High pillow preference is important in terms of preventing swelling and oedema that may occur. On the back or side positions should be preferred, lying positions that may cause the donor area to contact the pillow should be avoided. After the first 10 days, the normal lying position can be changed with the approval of the doctor.

Prp Treatment

Prp Treatment;

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment is a form of treatment that takes some blood from the person’s own blood after the hair transplant operation, separates the part of this blood that will treat the person and injects it into the head. After hair transplant, patients can have PRP at intervals of 20-30 days depending on preference. PRP does not grow new hair on the head. It accelerates the healing process of the hair follicle transplanted area and ensures that the new hair grows healthier, lush and shiny. It is recommended to be applied at 1 year intervals. Since the blood used in PRP treatment is obtained from the person himself, it does not have any side effects. PRP treatment after hair transplantation operation is optional. Hair Centre of Turkey offers its patients one session of free PRP treatment after hair transplantation operation. PRP is not applied to people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, who have undergone cancer treatment, who have a family history of cancer disease, who use blood thinners. Likewise, PRP is not applied if there is any wound infection etc. in the area to be treated. People who will have PRP application should avoid alcohol and cigarette consumption for 3 days afterwards. For 7 days, they should not enter the sauna.

 Dietary Pattern;

Paying attention to the diet after hair transplant and taking the necessary vitamins is one of the most important factors that accelerate the healing process and affect the healthy growth of the hair. Why is it important to pay attention to the diet?
What is meant by diet is definitely not dieting. In fact, if possible, it is beneficial for hair transplant patients to postpone the diet process a little. Likewise, it is not eating too much food and taking vitamin supplements. Regular and healthy nutrition in this process means that the hair follicles will also be fed healthy. Because hair follicles are living, blood-fed and self-renewing cells. At this point, a healthy diet after hair transplant helps the transplanted hair to settle and grow healthier. In addition to a healthy diet, supplementary vitamins can be taken with the approval of a doctor.

If we need to talk about nutritional details

If we need to talk about nutritional details;

  •  Light and high nutritional value, mineral and vitamin-containing meals should be preferred
  • Trans fats (may cause acne), acidic drinks, products in the category we call junk food should be avoided
  • Meals must be served on time without waste
  • Animal foods should be avoided for a while
  •  Consumption of some products in the cereal group should be suspended for 15-20 days
  • Alcohol and smoking should be avoided
  • Nuts such as almonds and walnuts, which are strong in zinc and omega

Vitamins to be taken after hair transplantation;

  •  The most important nutrients that should be consumed after hair transplantation for both the healing of the skin and the healthy growth of the hair that will grow in the transplanted area are selenium, iron, zinc, biotin.
  • Vitamin B provides healing of wounds and hair growth. For this reason, green leafy plants, fish meat varieties can be preferred.
  •  The most well-known benefit of vitamin E is that it nourishes the hair. It can be supplemented by consuming fish, tomatoes, parsley, nuts.
  •  Since biotin (vitamin H and B7) is known to strengthen and repair the hair, it will be useful to consume it. Foods such as almonds, bananas, oats, avocados can be consumed.

The donor area of people who are sensitive to all these issues will heal quickly and healthily, and the new hair that grows will be just as healthy.

Travelling After Transplant;

The first 1-2 days of patients undergoing hair transplant operations are critical. Patients should be near the clinic where they are treated for possible edema, swelling, numbness, etc. Patients with excess grafts should rest where they are for a few days. They should not drive a car in the first 12 hours. It is essential to have someone to accompany them in this process. One of the questions that people who prefer treatment abroad and in Turkey for transplant often wonder is whether they will be damaged by the pressure on the plane. This has no effect. Patients should take precautions against other situations that may occur in the aircraft (impact, fall). Like some of the Istanbul hair transplant clinics, Hair Centre of Turkey provides VIP vehicles for the transfer of its patients in the city. Thus, you will be protected from external factors.

  • Alcohol, Smoking and Blood Thinners;  After hair transplant, the immune system of the patients should not decrease and they should take the necessary supplements and nutrients. Since smoking is a substance that causes a decrease in immunity, it is one of the conditions that prevent the healing process. The use of alcohol before the treatment causes the blood to water and prevents the operation from being successful. In short, alcohol and smoking before and after hair transplantation is one of the factors that hinder the treatment process. There are different opinions in terms of duration, but the generally accepted process is between 15 and 20 days. In addition, the patient should stop consuming coffee and caffeine-containing beverages for the first 3 days after treatment.
  • Comb Use;
    Hair transplant treatment is a treatment that needs to be done very delicately. This delicacy and meticulousness continues after the treatment. The hair follicles taken from the donor area and transplanted to the balding area are alive.

    Immediately after hair transplant and using the wrong comb causes the transplanted hair follicles to fall and bleed. Therefore, this procedure should be postponed for one year in order for the hair follicles to hold successfully. After the hair has reached the consistency to be combed, soft-tipped combs should be preferred and the hair should be combed while it is damp.
  • Return to Routine Life After Transplant;
    Patients who have undergone hair transplant should rest at home for 1 week after the necessary care is done under the doctor’s control for three days. Then they can return to work. Patients who do regular sports should wait 3 months for heavy exercises. Light exercises can be continued after 3 days. Sexual intercourse should be avoided for the first 2 weeks. Because situations such as sports and sexual intercourse are situations where the body can strain itself and cause sweating, which may cause hair follicles to fall. The scabs in the hair transplant area fall off in about 3-4 weeks. Accordingly, patients who want to enter the sea and pool can decide this under the supervision of a doctor according to the reaction of their skin to hair transplant.

Medicines to be taken after hair transplant;

Day 1;
3 Predno (anti-inflammatory) (on a full stomach after morning, lunch and dinner)
2 Cipro (antibiotic) (on a full stomach after breakfast and dinner)
Day 2
2 Prednol (on a full stomach after breakfast and dinner)
2 Cipro (on a full stomach after breakfast and dinner)
Day 3
1 Prednol (after breakfast on a full stomach)
2 Cipro (on a full stomach after breakfast and dinner)
Day 4
1 Cipro (after breakfast)

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About the Author: Dr. Rasime Erkan
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Rasime Erkan, who has the title of specialist doctor in dermatology, was born in Kayseri. Coming to Istanbul at the age of 2, Dr. Rasime Erkan completed her education here and continued her studies. In 1981, Dr. Rasime Erkan graduated from Istanbul Medical Faculty and started her professional career in a private hospital in Istanbul. In the following years, she completed her specialization in the Department of Dermatology at Istanbul Medical Faculty and continued her career success by completing the “Specialization” exam in 1988. Dr. Rasime Erkan worked as the “Chief Physician” of the hospital in 1992 while continuing her duty in a private hospital. She continued her career as Chief Physician and Dermatologist and after her retirement, she established Lazermed Beauty Center and started working in her own clinic. Dr. Rasime Erkan is currently a dermatologist at Hair Center of Turkey hair transplant clinic and continues her valuable work in our hair transplant clinic with her experience and knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of dermatological diseases.
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