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How Can A Hair Transplant Be Concealed

11/11/2018 11:09:43 AM

Getting a hair transplant can be a personal decision that some may want to keep a secret for some reason or another, but even the most minor procedures do carry some downtime. The majority of hair restoration patients schedule their surgery around their vacation time, so they don't have to appear at their workplace for a few weeks. In this article, we will be discussing what to expect after a hair transplant and how to conceal the procedure.

What To Expect After A Hair Transplant

After a hair transplant the scalp is typically red/pink with scabs forming around tiny graft incision sites. The graft incision sites heal rapidly within seven to ten days. The redness typically clears up and fades within a few weeks of the procedure however, redness may persist for a few months in some fair complected individuals. Unfortunately, persistent redness can not always be prevented, because redness signifies healing and some minor inflammation of the skin which is normal after a hair transplant.

In addition, some patients may experience telogen effluvium (shock loss), which is a short-term form of hair loss that is caused by stress, trauma or a surgical procedure. Shock loss is described as a chronic hair shedding which causes temporary thinning. Fortunately, shock loss usually resolves on it's own after a few months, but the shock loss may be difficult to conceal for some patients.

How To Conceal A Hair Transplant 

In some cases, patients can request a hair transplant surgeon to partially shave the recipient area, this allows patients to syle their hair in a way that conceals the hair transplant recipient area. Unfortunately, not every patient is in a position to request a partial shave, because some patients may require a large number of grafts. However, there are still some products the patient may use to help them conceal the signs of surgery.

The most popular hair loss concealers on the market today are Toppik and DermMatch, these products help boost visual density and conceal any hair loss. Toppik is a magnetically charged hair fiber that attaches to miniaturized thinning hair follicles, causing the hair follicle to appear longer and fuller. DermMatch is a hard-packed powder formula that matches the color of the individuals hair and scalp, this provides an illusion of fuller denser hair, because we see the scalp through hair. In addition, DermMatch works well with short buzzed hair, so even individuals forced to buzz their head for their procedure can use the product.

Wear A Hat When Possible

The old wives' tale about hats causing hair loss is not true and has no real science behind it. In fact, most hair transplant surgeons recommend that patients wear hats and use sun block when exposing themselves to powerful ultra violet (UV) rays for the first four months. Today, wearing hats is acceptable and actually stylish when paired with the right clothing.

With that said, if an individual never wears hats and all of the sudden starts wearing a hat every day, this may draw unncessary attention and prompt some people to start asking questions. Therefore, anyone interested in wearing a hat after receiving a hair transplant should start wearing a hat a month before the procedure, so that those around around them get accustomed to seeing them with a hat.

Conclusion

The majority of patients don't want to disclose that they have had a hair transplant because of the stigma associated with the procedure. However, being upfront and honest with co-workers, friends and loved ones highlights a real concern that men and women around the world go through each day; that is hair loss. Additionally, being honest can be very liberating and with so many people suffering with androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss ) each day, being honest about receiving a hair transplant may be enough to inspire change in someone else's life. 

All Articles by Melvin Lopez

Melvin is an Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network and the Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 3 time hair transplant patient having received over 5,000 grafts via FUE. He has over 3,000 helpful posts on the popular hair restoration network discussion forum. He has over 13 years of experience in healthcare management. He enjoys helping hair loss sufferers overcome their insecurities and depression in relation to their hair loss. Aside from his healthcare management work, he writes articles, moderates the hair loss forum and creates YouTube videos for the Hair Transplant Network YouTube channel.