Hair transplant aftercare

Post-operative guidelines for successful healing

Post-operative care is vitally important for healing and hair regrowth. Find out our tips for doing the right thing after a hair transplant.

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What are the post-operative guidelines for successful healing? Post-operative care is vital for healing and hair regrowth. Here is a summary of the instructions to follow after a hair transplant: Wear your therapeutic headband for at least two days. From the second day on, scabs will appear, which is normal. Do not remove them! During the first 7 days, you must stop smoking, avoid walking, do not touch your scalp, do not drink coffee or alcohol, do not take Aspirin, and scrupulously respect the instructions for a safe sleep. Sexual intercourse is also forbidden for 10 days! Wash your hair with the special shampoo provided by the Clinic during the first 12 days. And for 1 month, don’t exercise and do not expose yourself to the sun. Trust Dr. Cinik with your hair or/and beard transplant. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation! +905422340034, contact us for free consultation.


Post-operative instructions

Wear your therapeutic headband for at least two days

After a hair transplant, Dr. Emrah Cinik’s clinic provides a therapeutic headband that must be worn for at least two days.

From the 2nd day, scabs will appear, this is normal. Do not remove them

On the 2nd day, you may be surprised by the appearance of scabs on the scalp. Rest assured, this process is entirely normal. Be sure not to remove them so as not to compromise the healing process.

Avoid touching your scalp for seven days

You should not touch your scalp for seven days after the hair transplant to ensure that the grafts are not compromised.

Do not drink coffee or alcohol and do not take Aspirin for at least seven days

Aspirin tends to liquefy the blood, increasing bleeding following follicular unit extraction. Coffee and alcohol are also proscribed not to increase the risk of bleeding.

Stop smoking for at least seven days

Smoking also causes blood vessels to narrow, which can interfere with healing. It is also recommended that you avoid tobacco before your hair transplant.

During your first seven nights, observe the following guidelines:

  • Avoid friction between the recipient area and the bedding elements (pillows, bolsters, sheets, mattresses, comforters, etc.).
  • Keep the head up to avoid friction that may occur during the night.
  • Remain in a semi-seated position (45°). You can place 2 or 3 pillows on your back to maintain a semi-sitting position.
  • Do not sleep on your stomach or your side.
  • Use a hard pillow to keep the head upright and avoid sinking the skull into it.

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Avoid walking for 7 days

To avoid compromising the success of the hair operation, it is necessary to avoid all physical activities, walking and yoga included, for seven days after the procedure.

Do not have sex for ten days

Sex requires physical exertion that raises your heart rate and blood pressure. For this reason, it is not recommended to have sex ten days after surgery.

During the first 12 days, wash your hair with the special shampoo provided by the Clinic

We provide a special shampoo to take care of your grafts after the hair transplant.

Do not exercise for one month after your hair transplant

You are recommended not to participate in any sports activities for about one month. Walking and yoga can be done after two weeks.

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Do not expose yourself to the sun for one month

Protecting your scalp from the sun’s harmful rays is essential to ensure the success of your hair transplant.

Wait a month before shaving your donor area

Shaving the donor area can occur one month after the procedure while the healing is complete.

Wait six months before shaving your recipient area

Shaving your head too soon after a hair transplant could damage the transplanted grafts. For this reason, it is necessary to wait six months.

Probable side effects after a hair transplant

Shock loss

Shock loss occurs about three months after surgery. This perfectly normal phenomenon is characterised by a sudden loss of the newly implanted hair. Rest assured, they will grow back stronger and denser.


After hair transplant surgery, scabs form. They begin to fall off 9 or 10 days after the procedure. Follow the medical team’s advice on how to care for them and perform the proper procedures.

Swelling of the face

Facial swelling, or oedema, may appear in the nose and forehead 2 to 3 days after surgery. This swelling disappears after 5 to 6 days.

Scalp itching

Some patients experience itching 2 to 3 days after surgery. It is important not to scratch so as not to damage the grafts.

White pimples

White pimples appear in the transplant area after hair transplantation. This occurs after a short period of 2 to 4 weeks.


Infection after a hair transplant is rare, especially if the patient follows the medical team’s instructions. However, if it does occur, it must be managed promptly.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will my grafts start to grow?

Grafts grow back after 4 to 6 months. The speed of regrowth varies from patient to patient. However, in most cases, the patient can start seeing results 6 months after the hair transplant.

Will my donor area grow back?

No, after a hair transplant, the hair follicles extracted from the donor area do not grow back at that location, hence the need for careful harvesting.

Can I continue to take Finasteride after a hair transplant?

Given the sensitivity of the operated area, choosing the proper medications and hair care products to use has an important effect on healing. It is recommended to follow the surgeon’s recommendations.

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Is it possible or necessary to perform a second hair transplant?

Although only one transplant is needed in most cases, it is possible to have a second hair transplant. The second hair transplant can be performed to add density to the hair and achieve optimal results.

Is it advisable to have a specific diet to improve regrowth?

Adopting a healthy and balanced diet is recommended to help protect the scalp and stimulate the hair follicles.

What dietary supplements are recommended after a hair transplant?

To stimulate regrowth, it is possible to supplement. However, dietary supplements cannot replace a healthy and balanced diet. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s recommendations.