Work / Exercise
How soon after the hair transplant procedure will I be able to resume work?
The return to work depends on the exact type of procedure performed and the type of work you do. It is often possible to resume work duties within a couple of days after the hair transplant surgery.
For anyone where their work requires them to wear a hat/helmet, note that these should not be worn for a period of 2 weeks following the transplant as this may damage the newly transplanted hairs.
For patients undergoing an FUE transplant, as the entire scalp is usually shaved for this procedure, some patients may wish to take a little longer off work (up to a week or two) to allow some regrowth of their non transplanted hair.
For FUT patients as shaving is not required many of these patients return to work after a couple of days.
How soon can I exercise after treatments?
It is recommended to avoid strenuous physical activity for 4 weeks after your operation for FUT patients and 2 weeks for FUE patients. You should avoid gym work, swimming, cycling, tennis, golf, any heavy lifting or strenuous hill walking during this period. This is to avoid any stretching of the scar(s).
When you return to physical activity you should start off lightly and build up slowly to your previous activity levels
What about swimming?
We would advise you to avoid swimming for 14 days after the hair transplant. This is because swimming pool water contains chemicals as well as harmful bacteria and should therefore be avoided until the healing process is over. It is safe to swim in the sea.
Is it a good idea to keep the scalp covered by a hat or hair piece?
No hat nor hair piece should be worn in the initial 14 days following your hair transplant procedure as this may damage the newly transplanted hairs.
Following this, in general, we do not encourage the continuous wearing of hair pieces. They prevent the scalp from healing properly. Those who ordinarily wear hair pieces may do so until the transplanted hair has grown. This is on the condition that they are not worn continuously. Caps or hats may be worn as normal.