How much time off from work is required to ensure my hair restoration surgery is kept secret and confidential?
This is a common question associated with getting a hair transplant and one of the most common reasons for waiting to get a hair transplant. Many people know which hair transplant doctor they will choose after much research. Often these hair loss sufferers will schedule their hair transplantation months or years in advance in order to obtain an appropriate window of “down time” or time off from work in order to maintain a level of secrecy and confidentiality.
Confidentiality is certainly an important consideration for those considering hair transplant surgery.
It is suspected that healing time may be elongated for larger sessions however, in my experience as a three time hair transplant patient, session size has not affected this.
Depending on the size of the session obviously some patients down time is less than others: ie smaller sessions can get away with a shorter down time period compared to larger session sizes.
Healing is only half the battle. Many hair transplant patients heal with no real evidence of surgery in as little as 10 days while some may still have lingering redness for prolonged periods of time. This appears to be especially true of fair skinned patients.
The answer to the question of “how much time off from work is required to maintain secrecy?” is an impossible one to answer but i recommend that you give yourself as much time as possible. If you can wear a hat to work then within a period of a few days you can return to work and remain confidentiality. For the vast majority of hair transplant patients however, wearing a hat at work is not an option and an appropriate amount of downtime post-op needs to be considered.
Some helpful tips for potentially maximizing healing and/or promoting confidentiality are below. Keep in mind that time is the best healer and none of the below are required to ensure a successful hair transplant.
- Apply Aloe Vera gel, Emu oil, distilled witch hazel etc.. to the healing areas to help soothe and speed up healing process.
- Take MSM (3000mg) to potentially speed up the existing hair
- Use concealers in areas once hair is long enough to help bulk up and disguise lingering redness. Some concealors include: dermatch and Toppik.
- Wearing a hat in public will provide the disguise of normalcy during healing time.
- Grow your hair long before hair transplant surgery to help disguise recipient area. This may or may not work depending on necessity to shave and level of hair loss.
- Alternatively, you can buzz your hair short pre-op in advance so people you see on a day to day basis don’t notice the new buzz cut post op.
- Take as much time off from work as possible