You may experience a few changes two weeks after your FUE hair transplant. Below is a guide to some of the changes to expect and what you can do at this point.
What To Expect two weeks after your hair transplant
Two weeks after your hair transplant, things should be starting to heal. You may still be experiencing some pain and discomfort in the donor area. This is simply due to the nerves healing. Swelling should have completely died down by this point, although skin may still be a little red. This is all normal – unless pain is unusually severe, there is no reason to get it checked out.
Scabs should be healing and falling off at this point. They should naturally fall off of your head themselves and you should not attempt to remove them. Soaking your head in a bathtub can help scabs to heal – they will usually fall off as your head dries.
What’s Happening To The Hair After Two Weeks?
You may start to experience some hair shedding two weeks after your hair transplant procedure. This can be alarming for many people, but it is perfectly normal – your hair is going into a ‘dormant phase’. This is the point at which hair grafts rest after growth and it is a necessary part of the healing process.
While it may feel like you’re losing all the hair you just gained, it is only the hairs and not the follicles. New hair will eventually grow out of these follicles. If you have concerns, you can always talk to one of our doctors here at KSL Clinic.
What Can You Do after Two Weeks?
At the two week stage, you should be able to start resuming normal activities. Our patients are able to return to work two weeks after a hair transplant. At this point, pain and discomfort should be manageable, allowing you to take on most jobs without any stress.
You should also be able to take up exercise at this point and attend the gym if you’d like. It is usually advised that you don’t take up heavy exercise before this point due to the risk of infection from sweating. However, at the two week stage, any risk of infection is likely to be greatly reduced due to the scabs now starting to heal and fall off. To be safe, it’s worth taking a bath or shower immediately after doing any heavy exercise.
From Day 6 post-op – two weeks after a hair transplant, you should also be able to start sleeping normally. Up until this point, it is recommended that patients sleep on their back with their head elevated by using an inflatable travel pillow. By the two week period, such risks should be greatly reduced and you should be able to sleep in any position without causing any issues. That said, some people may still find it more comfortable to sleep on their back with their head raised in order to reduce pain and irritation from contact with the sheets
There are hair products that can be prescribed at this point to help minimise hair loss and promote future hair growth, contact KSL Clinic to find out more. If you have any questions or concerns, it’s always worth talking to your doctor.