Nothing to worry about

We give you all the supplies you need and text you instructional videos every morning with what to do for that day. Just to make sure things stay on track, Dr. Vinay is available 24/7 – literally.

Day 10 Unveiling

Around Day 10, you’ll be ready for your follow up. You’ll meet Dr. Vinay at our partnering salon. He’ll check your hairs while you get a fresh haircut and shampoo. Then you’re done!

Aftercare FAQs

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I have redness in my donor site after my hair transplant. Any suggestions?

The short answer is that this is normal. You appear to have fair skin, so the redness is going to persist for a bit of time (up to 2 months in some patients, in my experience).Also consider that you may have had some shedding from the donor area itself. This phenomenon is called “telogen effluvium” and tends to more commonly occur in younger individuals (e.g.: men under 35 or so). This has the obvious effect of making the donor sites more visible. The back of your head is also healing which always has a tint or redness. You may also have some ingrown hairs in the back of your head that can become red. When you combine a case of telogen effluvium and redness of the donor sites from healing and ingrown hairs, you can see how your donor site could be read for 2 months. A tincture of time will help; I would re-evaluate at 6 months. The hair that was shocked out of place due to the procedure should be mostly back by that time, and the redness should have faded by that time.

This is a common question that patients ask after surgery. Patients are rightly concerned about damaging the newly planted hairs and the sight of hairs falling off their head is a big concern. The fact of the matter is that hair and scabs that fall after the first week are perfectly normal. After day 5, the follicle itself is actually quite difficult to remove by pulling. As physicians, we are overly concerned about the grafts so we ask patients to be extra careful the first week with the hair washing. Still, after day 5 the grafts are held in very well. All the hair that falls after that time is either a fragment of the hair follicle that was transplanted or a "shock loss" hair. Remember these shocked hairs will return in a number of months. The scabs and hairs that fall are perfectly normal and a great majority of patients have this occur. There is nothing that needs to be done. Continue washing the hair as you have been doing. Eventually, all the scabs and transplanted hairs will fall. In 3-4 months you will notice the start of new hair growth.

Your physician will give you instructions. I our practice, you'll get written instruction that you can access on our website in addition to a video every morning with what to do for the day. The video is of our doctor going through the procedure and aftercare himself. This way you can get first hand experience from an expert. You can access our instruction and videos here.

Most of the patients have hair shedding process after hair transplant, and it might be during 2-6 weeks after the surgery. But sometimes, some of the patients do not have shedding and their transplanted hair just continue growing, which is expected of course. It is a very good sign, nothing to worry about.

We advise our patients to wash their heads the third day after the procedure. Start by making your head wet with a cup or bowl of room temperature water or with a gentle stream of water from the shower. If you use the shower, block the stream with your hand so that the water pressure is not too intense.Use baby shampoo and do not pour it directly onto your hair. Instead, apply a small amount to the palm of your hand and rub your hands together. Do not rub your scalp. Softly use your fingertips in a tapping motion instead.Avoid catching the grafts with your fingernails. You may want to have a cup in the shower to help rinse the grafts.Allow your hair to dry naturally. Alternatively, you can pat it dry very gently with a clean towel taking care to keep the grafts secure. Do not pick or scratch the scabs. Keep washing your head twice daily for the next seven days. The scabs fall off in 7 to 10 days. You can then go back to your usual routine.

This is a case-by-case kind of thing. The "scars" from FUE are all very small (when fully healed they can be as small as 1/2 a millimeter or 1/25th of an inch!). But these small spots can be a lighter skin color than your normal surrounding skin, where hairs were not taken. The darker your natural complexion, the more contrast could be visible between the FUE sites on the scalp and the untouched skin. So, in some people with a very fair complexion, it may not be noticeable at all even with the head fully shaved after FUE. In other people, just a little bit of short "buzz-cut" growth of hair can help to make the FUE sites not very visible at all.

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