How long after hair transplant surgery will I have to wait to color my hair? Will I have to use any topical aids after surgery? Can I wear a wig after hair transplantation?
Thank you for your inquiry.
It is always best to check with your hair transplant physician as many hair restoration clinics have varying policies on resuming normal activity.
I will answer your questions however, in a general sense from my understanding.
Personally, I would wait at least a month before you color your hair. Though the follicular unit grafts will be set between 8-10 days, depending on the hair coloring treatment, it may potentially irritate your scalp or negatively impact the overall healing process.
Hair Piece (Wig)
Some will suggest that you can wear a hair piece as early as 3-5 days post-op from a hair transplant. I personally suggest waiting until the grafts are secured at or around day 10 or until the recipient area scabs are gone (which ever comes last). This will ensure the safety of the grafts.
Topical aids are not necessary in order for a successful hair transplant. Time is the best of all healers. However, many hair restoration physicians do recommend the use of varying topical aids. Some of these include: Saline Solution, Copper Peptides, Graftcyte, Aloe Vera Gel, Vitamin E Oil, Emu Oil, etc.
Personally the only topical aid I used was Aloe Vera starting ten days after my hair transplant. In my opinion it helps with recipient area itching, elongated redness, and soothes the skin.
I hope this helps,
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