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Is It Safe to Swim 6 Months after Hair Transplant Surgery?

7/15/2011 5:39:57 AM

Question:

Do I have to wear a swimming cap 6 months after having follicular unit excision (formerly known as follicular unit extraction) (FUE)?

Answer:

Swimming without a cap at 6 months after hair transplant surgery is perfectly safe. Your grafts were fully healed within the first two weeks so chlorine and seawater are not a problem. In addition, sun exposure is no longer an issue with regard to the donor and recipient sites.

However, while you no longer have to worry about sun and water exposure affecting hair growth, overexposing the recipient site to the sum may cause permanent discoloration of the scalp. It is always good practice to protect your skin and scalp from too much sun. A quality sunblock lotion should do the trick.

When in doubt, consult with your hair restoration physician.

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