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One of the most frequently asked questions about hair transplant surgery is, “When I will be able to resume routine activities after surgery?” To be concerned about resuming activities after hair transplantation is quite natural and justified as people cannot afford more days off work. So, they have to plan surgery accordingly. If you also have similar concerns, you have come to the right place. Here we will share with you post-transplant recovery and maximum time you will take to resume work. But one thing you should keep in mind that hair transplant surgery has the shortest recovery time as compared to other surgeries. Most patients go to their offices very next day of the surgery, but this varies significantly from person to person.
The time you will take to return to work depends mainly on the exact type of transplant and the nature of work you do. Every hair transplant causes a different degree of trauma to the scalp and has a different healing time. It is often possible to resume work within a day or two after hair transplant, but again it depends on the graft extraction method used and number of grafts transplanted.
Traditional strip method transplant, also known as Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), causes a prominent linear wound at the donor site, which takes at least a couple of weeks to heal. This prevents you from indulging in strenuous exercises for several weeks after the surgery. Usually the stitches at the donor area are removed on the 7th day. However, even after removal of stitches you may be asked to continue applying some ointment to the wound to ensure its quick and uneventful healing. But, since it takes 6 to 10 days for the newly transplanted hairs to attach themselves to the blood supply, you may be asked to avoid washing and massaging your scalp vigorously for at least two weeks. While you may be allowed to resume non-strenuous routine activities after a week or so, resuming exercise, running, jogging and swimming may not be allowed for 4 to 5 weeks.
Follicular Unit Extraction the relatively more advanced and less invasive transplantation method. It does not involve cutting and stitching of scalp and thus has a relatively brief recovery time. While FUT hair transplant may prevent you from resuming work for up to a week, FUE involves a downtime of two to three days maximum. After that you will be allowed to get back to work. However, since the transplantation phase for both surgeries is the same and needs same time to recover, you will not be allowed to carry out strenuous activities for a month or so.
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