Return to Work After Hair Transplant
Return to Work after Hair Transplant Surgery
In life, when a person is in the process of making a big decision (such as whether or not to have hair transplant surgery, or when to return to work after hair transplant surgery) they are in an ongoing internal tug of war between the benefits and the disadvantages of such a decision. Also commonly know as a “Cost-Benefit” analysis.
We enthusiastically investigate the positive aspects of going in one particular direction, however, we must take due and careful consideration while weighing up the negatives.
Doesn’t this happen with almost any decision that we make? Whether to eat outside on Saturday night or to stay indoors – is there the chance of rain falling? Whether to replace the old and unreliable car with a new one or whether to simply pay the mechanic for another expensive service to give the car another 6-12 months of life? This is how our brains work to ensure we make the right decisions for us at any moment in time given the existing circumstances.
When it comes to looking into hair transplant surgery, the client is left in this same predicament: weighing up the benefits of having the surgery against those unique reasons why they should wait. The benefits of regaining a thicker head of hair that hair loss sufferers most think about are: increased confidence; looking more youthful; feeling more attractive; an improved social life; and, if they are single, greater probability of meeting that someone special.
Deciding to have hair transplant surgery certainly has many positives. However, what are the things that hold people back from proceeding? Delaying or deciding not to go ahead with the procedure could be due to a variety of individual and personal factors: such as finances; inability to take the necessary time off work; fear of pain; fear of it not succeeding; or of the results being detectable enough to meet their expectations.
One concern that clients often raise during the consultation process is what our recommendations are for return to work after hair transplant surgery. Clients often make it clear that they don’t want any visible signs that they had a procedure performed, and they frequently comment that, apart from their family, nobody else knows.
Prior to surgery we always advise patients of the common side effects after hair transplantation, such as facial swelling; blood scabs; scalp tightness and numbness; potential bruising; temporary shock loss; and redness within the recipient area. These are common side effects of any type of surgery and not really strong reasons to avoid surgery unless these side effects really concern you. Patients are aware that most of these only occur within the first 10 days post-surgery.
However, out of the visible side effects, it is the shock loss and redness that may last for up to 3 months. This means that these side effects can be noticed by others at the workplace – so, if the visibility concerns a patient then they should strategically time their return to work when these effects are less noticable and/or easily disguised.
So what can a patient do to minimize visibility of the slight redness or shock loss of the transplanted and non-transplanted surrounding hairs to speed up return to work after hair transplant surgery?
Tips to Fast-Track a Return To Work After Hair Transplant Surgery
- Comb your existing longer hair over the transplanted area
This is a great option provided that you are not any more advanced in your hair loss than the moderate stage. Let’s say you created a new frontal hairline that is 2cm lower than your old hairline. This newly created area will be red and have transplanted hairs growing through it. Brushing the existing hair up will expose this area however wearing the hair forward will hide it. If a patient had their crown transplanted they can brush the surrounding hairs over the area. This tip works well but is not suitable to a Norwood 7 that has lost all surrounding hair on top.
- Wear a mineral bronzing powder/foundation/concealer
Wearing makeup is easy for most females, however, it can come across as a challenge to males. When it comes to the slight redness on the top of the transplanted scalp, applying a foundation or a bronzing powder over both the red area as well as the surrounding forehead can act as a fantastic camouflage tool. It not only makes it difficult to notice the redness you will also receive your fair share of compliments regarding how healthy your skin looks while you do it. Green concealer under the power or foundation also acts as a colour neutraliser (green is opposite red in the colour wheel so it acts to camouflage redness).
3. Wear a baseball cap
The easiest way to hide the visible effects of the surgery is with a baseball cap. If a patient is in a line of work where they can wear a cap during the day we recommend to begin wearing it before they go on their leave as nobody will question the cap upon their return after the surgery. If you work in an office this option is not commonly feasible.
4. Hair Fibres
A very popular way to combat hair shedding during the first three months is with a cosmetic camouflage product such as SureThik. A good product will contain statically-charged laser-cut wool fibres that bind to a person’s existing head hair to give them instant thickness and density. It only works provided that the patient has enough existing hair for it to stick to. To many hair transplant patients hair fibres are a saviour during the stressing period of shock loss.
5. Shaving the head all over
If a patient has had an FUE procedure ( procedure which does not leave a linear scar), they have the option to shave their head all over if shock loss happens to occur. Keeping hair to a very short length will make it more difficult to see any thin patches while the newly transplanted hairs grow out over the coming weeks.
Return to work after hair transplant – faster…
The above five tips are used by many hair transplant patients around the world to help get them through the first 3 months after surgery before the growth commences.
If you plan to have a hair transplant soon – at least you now know how to make it through those difficult first few weeks! Contact us today for more valuable advice.