After a person decides to have a hair transplant, he begins to prepare himself for the operation both physically and psychologically. In this process, the person usually tries to find the best hair transplant center by obtaining more detailed information about hair transplantation. Since the hair transplant center you will choose will directly affect the success of the operation, we recommend that you do a comprehensive research and do not rush.
There are three stages of hair transplantation; Since the preparation, operation and post-operation process will have different dynamics, their requirements will also be different. There are many factors that affect the success of the treatment from the beginning to the end of the treatment. For this reason, meticulous care and attention should be paid at all stages of a hair transplant procedure. Although a technically successful operation has been performed, obtaining the best results is possible with the care taken by the patient and following the rules after hair transplantation.
Well, do you wonder what you will experience in this process?
In order to have more detailed information about what you should pay attention to after hair transplantation and what awaits you, we will examine the topic after hair transplantation under 2 headings in this article;
Taking into account the instructions and recommendations given by your doctor after hair transplantation, paying attention to what you eat will help healthy growth and strengthening of the new hair follicles. In this process, by being cautious about nutrition, choosing foods beneficial to hair will also support the increase in cell regeneration rate after transplantation and shortening the recovery time after the operation.
You become what you eat!
Therefore, every food you consume will definitely have an effect on the newly transplanted hair follicles. When your nutritional system is deprived of micro and macronutrients (minerals, vitamins, protein and fatty acids), cell membrane dysfunctions can occur. This situation interrupts the normal life cycle of the hair, preventing the hair follicles from regrowing, and may cause hair loss to continue after hair transplantation.
To have healthy hair follicles, you can rearrange your nutrition plan with the nutrients listed below:
a. B-Complex Vitamins
B-Complex vitamins such as B7 (Biotin) and B12 have a very important role in the structure, quality and healthy growth of hair. These vitamins also support the metabolism of food sources by providing nutrients to the whole body, including hair and hair follicles. For this reason, doctors usually recommend their patients to use B-Complex vitamin supplements after hair transplantation.
We can list foods rich in B vitamins as follows: chicken, red meat, banana, avocado, brown rice, nuts, and eggs.
In cases of zinc deficiency, hair thinning and hair loss appear as a serious problem. For this reason, it is very important to receive zinc support after hair transplantation.
Zinc also; It plays a very important role in tissue repair, collagen production, cell proliferation, growth, hormonal balance, vitamin absorption and protein synthesis.
Some foods rich in zinc: lamb, chickpeas, shrimp, whole grains, spinach, eggs and fish.
Like zinc deficiency, iron deficiency can also cause hair loss. Iron strengthens the hair and improves the hair texture and helps the transportation of oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles and scalp.
Thanks to this important function of iron, it will be even more possible for patients to get results in line with their expectations. Likewise, as iron strengthens the immune system, the recovery period after hair transplantation will be accelerated.
Among the foods with high iron content; spinach, beans, beef, oyster and veal liver.
D. Vitamin E
Vitamin E has antioxidant properties. It is very effective in healing scars as it accelerates the healing of damaged skin. After the wounds in the donor area and the transplantation area have healed, vitamin E oil can be applied to soften the tissue and increase its quality.
Some foods rich in vitamin E: almonds, avocados, spinach, sunflower seeds and olive oil.
to. C vitamin
Acting as an antioxidant, vitamin C has a very important role in collagen production, which has a vital role in wound healing. Vitamin C is also helpful in combating oxidative stress responsible for hair graying and hair loss.
We can list the foods rich in vitamin C as follows: Pepper varieties, cabbage, kiwi, broccoli, small fruits with grains and citrus fruits.
f. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is needed for the development and growth of all cells in the human body, including hair follicles. Vitamin A is also effective in the production of sebum, a substance similar to fatty tissue that moisturizes the scalp and makes hair healthy. Vitamin A deficiency can cause hair loss as well as dry and itchy scalp. (Itching in the scalp is one of the temporary side effects that can be seen after hair transplantation).
Some foods rich in vitamin A: Carrots, sweet potatoes, beef liver, cabbage, spinach and pumpkin.
Another point we recommend you to pay attention to regarding nutrition is your cholesterol level. When you reduce fat from your diet, your LDL (bad cholesterol) values will decrease and your HDL (good cholesterol) values will increase. When the cholesterol level is kept within balanced limits, faster recovery of postoperative wounds and healthy hair growth are ensured.
Healing Process and Care
Asepsis-antisepsis rules applied for all kinds of microsurgical procedures are also valid for hair transplantation. If the hair transplant operation is performed in a sterile manner and under suitable conditions, the risk of infection will be very low.
Although the healing process after hair transplantation varies from patient to patient, it covers a period of approximately 1 year. The first three days after the operation are very important. There may be some pain the first night, but if you use the pain medications prescribed by your doctor, you can have a comfortable night.
In the first days after transplantation, you should lie on your back as much as possible and not make any contact with the transplanted area.
The day after the hair transplant, they will call you to the clinic to remove the bandage and dressing on your neck. Subsequently, it will be sufficient to use the anti-edema medications given by your doctor for the first three days.
During the first 3 days, there may be minor bleeding in the area where the transplanted hair follicles are taken and in the area where the transplantation is performed. In order to prevent inflammation, you should use the antibiotic cure given by your doctor regularly for the first five days after the operation.
Alcohol should not be used during this period.
Since the antibiotic will directly enter your blood, it may cause negative results by interacting with the drugs you use. Since smoking will also seriously affect the healing process, it would be appropriate to recommend not smoking for at least 1 week after the operation.
At the end of the first three days, the first washing process starts. You should perform the washing process as instructed to you with the special care lotion and shampoo recommended by your doctor for 15 days from the third day. With the regular washing process, the crusts that occur after planting will soften and will be completely shed at the end of the 15th day.
Heavy and challenging sports should be avoided for at least 1 month after hair transplantation. Because sports cause an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. The increase in heart rate can cause bleeding in the micro canals where the hair follicles are transplanted, causing damage to the hair follicles. We do not recommend that you stay away from activities that will make you tired and sweaty for at least a week.
However, 4-5 days after the operation, you can take light-paced walks that will not make you tired and sweaty. After the hair transplant procedure, you should protect the transplanted area from sunlight for about 2 weeks. When you go out, you can wear a hat that will not bother you. By the first month after hair transplantation, you will have left an important process behind.
At this stage, it would be appropriate to talk about “shock spill”.
Your transplanted hair will fall out within a few weeks following the transplant. Since 90% of the patients go through this stage, you do not need to worry. This is due to the fact that the grafts switch to the sleep phase (telogen) by activating the defense mechanism due to the trauma experienced during the extraction of hair follicles in hair transplantation. Your transplanted hair will enter a new growth cycle from the 2nd to 4th month and begin to grow in a healthy way.
We recommend you to be patient during this process.
After the fourth month, your hair will grow further and begin to form its structure. From the 8th month, you will see that your transplanted hair becomes thicker and thicker. Approximately 1 year after the operation, your transplanted hair will become more thicker and will take a natural look like your existing hair.