Several months ago, I underwent hair transplant surgery, and I now want to start styling my existing hair (and newly growing hair) as I did before the procedure. However, I’m concerned about using a blow dryer with the newly implanted grafts. Because of this, I was wondering when it was safe to use a blow dryer after hair transplantation?
As far as the transplanted hair is concerned: because the grafts are anchored by day 7, it is unlikely that blow drying will actually cause any loss of the implanted follicles at several months post-op.
However, if individuals are still concerned, it may be useful to look at a similar comparison: although it’s not an “apples to apples” comparison, most hair restoration physicians recommend covering your head while in the sun for the first 3-6 months after the procedure. Because of this, I suppose direct heat to the scalp via a blow dryer could cause a similar phenomenon. Therefore, if patients did want to be very careful, I suppose they could follow the same sun protection guidelines and avoid blow drying for the first 3-6 months post-op.
However, as previously stated, I still believe a cool to low heat setting on low speed will not cause excessive scalp irritation and should be fine for transplanted hair as well (after the grafts are fully implanted).
Blake Bloxham – formerly “Future_HT_Doc”
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