Undergoing a hair restoration procedure can be stressful and sometimes even daunting. Today, most hair transplants are so refined and natural that they go unnoticed by the general public however, dealing with the awkward phase the first few months can be difficult. In this article, we will discuss when it is appropriate to get a hair cut post-surgery.
Cutting with clippers
According to a study published by Dr. Robert Bernstein, member of the Independent Coalition of Hair Restoration Physicians, most grafts anchor firmly in to the scalp after the 6th day however, pulling on an adherent scab can result in a lost graft until the 8th day. Therefore, it is not recommended for patients to use clippers until all of their grafts have shed. Generally, most patients begin to shed their transplanted grafts around the 3rd to 4th week following surgery. However, patients should always check with their respective hair restoration physician first before buzzing their hair post-surgery.
Style to conceal
In some cases, hair transplant patients are able to conceal their awkward or uneven post-surgery haircuts by styling their hair in a manner that completely conceals any signs of surgery. For example, some patients may only have their hairline partially shaved which allows the surgeon to "dense" pack the hairline with up to 40-60 follicular units per square centimeter sometimes even more depending on the patient. So, patients with this "partial" hair cut are able to wear their hair down and cover the portion that was shaved by the surgeon. This can be done without having to cut or trim any additional hair, ensuring that the grafts are safely anchored in to the patients scalp.
What if the recipient and donor were partially shaved and the patient is unable to conceal?
In some instances, surgeons may choose to only shave a small portion of the donor site along with a small portion of the recipient site, this can lead to an unusual and uneven appearance to the patients hair. This can cause a lot of patients unnecessary stress and panic. However, patients should not worry because there are a variety of "cover up" products like Toppik and DermMatch that are applied to the scalp to conceal thinning or balding areas. These products increase the apperance of fullness and create an "illusion" of density. In addition, these products lower the contrast between the patients hair color and their scalp thus, concealing any sections of shaved hair and creating a uniform apperance.