Swimming and Sun Exposure after Hair Transplant Surgery

5/23/2013 5:39:05 AM


I had a follicular unit excision (formerly known as follicular unit extraction) (FUE) hair transplant one month and 10 days ago and my scalp is neither red nor itchy and it feels normal.

I would like to know if I can swim in the sea and sit in the sun wearing a hat. Could the sun damage the grafts even if I wear a cap? Is it true that the UV rays can kill the grafts even if you are wearing a hat? Also, if it is not recommended to swim at this time, can I swim with a swimming cap on? Of course I am talking about swimming in the sea not in a swimming pool. Please let me know.


It’s safe to swim in the sea three to four weeks after hair restoration surgery so you should be just fine.

UV rays can have a negative effect on wound healing after surgery and it’s best to keep your scalp protected from direct sun exposure for the first few months. This can be achieved with sunscreen or by wearing a hat.

David (TakingThePlunge)

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