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Hair Transplant Recovery Timeline

Many of us accept our hair as it is, just like our health and outward appearance, until it starts to gradually thin out. For many people, hair transplantation is a preferred treatment method to have fuller or at least more visibly abundant hair. Hair transplant recovery timeline is very comfortable and fast if you adhere to the instructions.

If the thinning or complete loss of hair at the edges of the forehead and the crown of the head truly bothers you, this procedure is a perfect method to enhance your appearance. Moreover, it has now become one of the most commonly favored methods, even among celebrities. Many individuals no longer make an effort to conceal that they have undergone a hair transplant. This is because hair transplantation is as natural and necessary a treatment as any other, and it is widely acknowledged.

What is Hair Transplant?

Hair transplantation is a natural and permanent treatment method developed for individuals experiencing thinning or complete hair loss. It involves the transfer of healthy hair follicles to areas where hair is no longer active, resulting in bald patches. Microsurgical techniques are employed for this procedure, which entails making very small incisions and performing the process under a microscope.

The transplanted hair in areas experiencing hair loss comes from the individual’s own healthy hair. However, this treatment is entirely personalized. In other words, a method that works for you may not be effective for someone else. Therefore, it is essential for your doctor to examine you first. After the examination, the appropriate hair transplantation method for your needs will be determined, and a personalized treatment plan will be devised.

Hair Transplant Treatment Summary

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Hair Transplant Recovery Timeline


After a successful operation, the first sensation you will experience is a mild ache and sensitivity on your scalp. However, this discomfort following a hair transplant is not of an intensity that would significantly impact your daily life. Nevertheless, it’s advisable to have someone accompany you as the effects of anesthesia may persist for some time. We recommend refraining from driving on your way back home since you might experience dizziness or difficulty in concentration due to the procedure.

First 3 Days

  • In the first three days after the operation, avoid touching the treated area.
  • The bandage will be removed on the third day at the clinic, and the initial washing process will be carried out.
  • It’s essential not to sleep on the area where the operation took place.

During this period, refrain from lifting heavy objects, engaging in sports, and excessive sweating. If possible, focus on resting.

10-15 Days

  • After 15 days post-operation, you will have established a routine. During this time, it’s crucial to wash the operated area and use medications as prescribed by your doctor.
  • The treated area remains open during this period, without bandaging.
  • Slowly, scabbing begins, and there might be an increase in itching. We strongly advise against scratching your scalp to prevent any potential harm to the grafts.
  • Hair loss, known as shock loss, initiates during this phase. Don’t worry; this is a normal complication. Within a few weeks, new hair follicles will start to emerge.

By the end of the 15th day, you will have overcome the most critical period.

After 1 Month

  • After one month post-hair transplant, scabbing should have disappeared, and the issue of itching will have subsided.
  • Shock loss comes to an end, and the emergence of new hair follicles begins.
  • During this period, it is essential to avoid placing the operated area in direct contact with a pillow while sleeping.
  • The transplant area, especially in the first month, should be protected from trauma or impact.

Maintaining communication with your doctor during this process is crucial, as you both can manage the recovery process together.

After 3 Months

  • During this period, your new hair begins to make itself subtly visible.
  • You enter a phase of healthy hair growth, where the grafts have firmly settled and started to emerge as new strands.

Common complaints such as pain and sensitivity are not typically observed during this stage.

After 6 Months

  • During this phase, hair growth is at its fastest pace. By the 6th month post-hair transplant, you will gradually enter a period where you can start observing results.
  • Even though the process may seem nearly complete, it is important to continue protecting your hair from extreme temperatures and physical impact during this time.

For monitoring progress, you can schedule a check-up with your doctor at the end of the 6th month.

After 12 Months

  • Congratulations! You’ve adhered to all of your doctor’s instructions throughout the process and successfully completed a smooth recovery journey.
  • At this point, you will start to see the fruits of your efforts.

After one year post-hair transplant, you can confidently describe to your hairstylist the desired hair style you want!

First Hair Wash After a Hair Transplant

One of the most frequently asked questions regarding the hair transplant process is about post-transplantation washing. The first washing, which we refer to as the initial wash, is performed on the third day after the operation. Until this point, you should not have touched the treated area, which has been bandaged. The first washing is typically done at the clinic by the hair transplant specialist. However, in some cases, patients express a desire to perform this process at home. If you find yourself in such a situation, the patient will receive training on how to perform the first washing at home. Nevertheless, to avoid any harm to the grafts, we recommend having the initial washing done at the clinic by a specialist.

If you have to perform this process at home, be sure to follow these guidelines:

  1. Use a paraben-free, natural, nourishing, and revitalizing foam and medical shampoo. Your doctor will likely recommend this shampoo to you.
  2. Avoid applying firm pressure to the head during washing and ensure that your nails do not touch the operation area.
  3. Especially in the first week, refrain from using circular and sideways sliding movements with your hands during washing. During this period, gently clean your hair in a vertical motion.
  4. Pay attention to the water temperature during washing; it should be lukewarm. The water should neither be too hot nor too cold.
  5. The water pressure should be low, and it should not directly contact the head.
  6. During the washing process, make sure someone is with you. You may experience dizziness or a drop in blood pressure. To be prepared for such a situation, have a companion with you.

Hair Transplantation at Kardelen Clinic

Hair transplant in Turkey are conducted using advanced techniques and devices. Kardelen Clinic, located in Istanbul, Turkey’s bustling metropolis, is a hair transplantation clinic. Our clinic offers a range of services, including a 24/7 emergency department, internal medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and dermatology. With our expert team of doctors, we strive to provide the highest quality healthcare services to all our patients around the clock.

As a leading clinic in the field of hair transplantation, we have proven ourselves with 15 years of experience, helping thousands of patients achieve their desired appearance. To undergo your hair transplant at Kardelen Clinic, one of Turkey’s most trusted clinics, schedule an appointment today! For detailed information about our all-inclusive health packages and processes, contact us via our WhatsApp line at +90 549 656 72 71 or fill out the contact form on our website.

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