Beard transplant is no different than the traditional hair transplant surgery performed on the scalp, with the only difference being the latter is performed on the scalp while the former is performed on the face – the beard area. This is why post-op instructions for beard transplant surgery are almost the same as that for the scalp transplant. Here are some post-operational recommendations for our beard transplant patients.
These are some of the commonly recommended dos and don’ts after beard transplantation to help you get an idea of “what to expect after beard transplant”. You will receive detailed instructions from the surgeon after the procedure.
The surgery in itself is virtually painless, as it is performed with local anesthesia. But after the surgery, as the effect of anesthesia subsides, you can feel mild pain at both the donor site as well as the recipient area and it may last for a couple of days. Use cold compressions and prescribed pain medications to relieve pain.
Also expect your face to remain slightly swollen for 3 to 5 days. Expect to experience maximum swelling on and around transplanted area on the fourth day. Swelling is quite common and does not do any harm. Cold compressions offer an effective DIY remedy for swelling as well. Your surgeon may also prescribe you some medicine to reduce swelling symptoms.
Another very common feeling after beard transplant surgery is itching. It may occur on the face – the recipient area – as well as the scalp – the donor area. Resist your urge to scratch itchy areas. If you feel itching is uncontrollable, discuss with your surgeon and he may prescribe you some drug to relieve itching.
Like hair transplant performed on the scalp, beard transplant also requires the patient to sleep in an upright position for at least a couple of nights following the surgery. Sleep with your head elevated at an angle of 45 degrees. Use two to three pillows to achieve desired head elevation. This helps reduce post-surgical swelling as well as minimized chances of bleeding.
You may not be allowed to wash your face for 24 hours. However, you can safely wash your face and head the next day. Washing face should comprise of following three steps:
Repeat this daily for 10 to 14 days to remove scabs. Resist your urge to pick or scratch at the scab.
Don’t shave recipient area for at least a month. Donor area can be shaven after a week, but better avoid it for a couple of weeks.
The transplanted hair follicles take 7 to 10 days to attach themselves to the blood supply in the recipient area. Expect to experience shock loss within 3 to 4 weeks. Hair regrowth will begin after 3 to 4 months. You will be able to notice any signs of hair growth during 5th and 6th month post-surgery. Final results can be seen after a year.
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