Resuming Contact Sports with a Helmet after FUE Hair Transplantation

2/25/2010 4:14:23 PM


I understand that strip patients have to take it easy for a while after the procedure, but what about FUE? Most of the information I've come across discusses problems with donor scar healing. I play organized sports pretty regularly, and can't miss much action. Also, how soon before I can wear a helmet?


Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) patients are usually advised against engaging in contact sports for the first few months to avoid potentially aggravating or stretching the donor scar, while Follicular Unit Excision (formerly known as Follicular Unit Extraction) (FUE) candidates may have the option of resuming heavier activity sooner, possibly within two weeks.

That being said, you certainly don't want to push your cardiovascular system too hard during the initial hair transplant healing period (arguably the first 7-10 days), or expose the recipient site to any intense physical trauma that might realign the hair shafts. You'll want to initially protect your scalp from direct sunlight for prolonged periods, but a heavy, potentially grating helmet shouldn't come into contact with the transplanted hairs before the site has healed. According to leading hair restoration physicians, the recommended amount of recovery time is generally about two weeks to be on the safe side.

This is definitely a subject you should broach with your hair transplant surgeon prior to FUE surgery if you intend on returning to physical competition with a helmet soon after the procedure. Your doctor will encourage you to remain active and healthy once you're healed and in the right position to do so.

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