Can I Apply Oil After A Hair Transplant?

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Can I Apply Oil After A Hair Transplant?

John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

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How can you prevent your scalp from feeling itchy while promoting healing at the same time? After your hair transplant surgery, you will need to take care of yourself, and your recovery will be based on the steps you take.

During the postoperative recovery period, your surgeon should have recommended the use of shampoo and oils. By moisturising with oil, you can aid in the healing process as well as prevent itching. It’s best to do this 3 to 5 days after surgery.

When Can I Apply Hair Oil After A Hair Transplant?

Maintaining your hair transplant is critical for the long-term outcome and success of the procedure. In the early stages of recovery, you will frequently need to moisturise your scalp with a spray as massaging will cause the hair follicles to dislodge and cause damage. 

However, it is tempting to massage a dry, flaky scalp and post-surgery, your scalp will be sore and inflamed. Your doctor will have given you a combination of antibiotics and painkillers to manage pain and any potential infection.

Should You Apply Oil After Hair Transplant Surgery?

All of the evidence points to yes for two main reasons. The first reason is that the natural oil will soothe the recipient site and diminish some of the discomforts you may feel from the aftermath of the surgical procedure.

The second reason is that gentle massage of the scalp promotes healing, and good natural massage oil will add vitamins to the scalp and encourage hair growth and faster healing.

Make An Assessment To The Progress Of Your Healing

We all heal at different rates, so you need to self assess your healing progress. If you feel that the wounds have not healed sufficiently, consult your hair transplant specialist for advice and reassurance.

After a week or ten days, your scalp should be starting to heal nicely, and the micro-wounds should be healed sufficiently enough to be able to apply a gentle moisturising oil. 

Great care needs to be taken when moisturising with oil, and you must not be lulled into a false sense of security now the wounds are healed.

Vigorous shampooing and moisturising should be avoided, and a deep massage may dislodge the routes and cause problems further down the line.

What Should I Use After A Hair Transplant?

There is a comprehensive selection of oils to choose from, and your surgeon should have made some suggestions based on your expected healing.

Choose light natural oils at first, something that will be gentle on your scalp and not burn when applied. Selecting the correct oil is of vital importance for your comfort and the overall success of the surgery.

Natural Almond oil is a good choice for moisturising your scalp after hair transplant surgery. You can also use a good quality coconut oil for deep moisturising.

The choice is somewhat personal if you don’t have strict instructions from your doctor.

Take Precautions

Inevitably there are certain precautions you must take. For example, washing your hair directly after hair transplant surgery is out of the question. It may seem obvious but, some of you may be tempted to run cooling water on an inflamed scalp.

The recipient area of the scalp will be susceptible until the healing process is well underway.

To promote healing and keep you comfortable, it is advised to lightly mist the scalp with a mixture of natural oil and water.

Initially, this should be enough to start promoting the healing process.

Your doctor will give you instructions as and when you can apply oil to your scalp.

Even if you think some oils are natural, there is always the possibility of other irritating additives added. Take Aloe Vera oil, for instance. If you apply Aloe Vera, your scalp will sting like crazy. Why? They add alcohol to Aloe Vera to make the product flow easily.

The crusty areas of your scalp will not benefit by applying cosmetics such as shampoos that could trigger an adverse reaction and set the healing process back.

The oil to use is the ones that are 100% natural without additives—oils like olive oil, almond and other natural oils.

A decent oil maybe a little more expensive, but the oil will provide relief and promote healing to the wound area.

How Do I Moisturize My Scalp After A Hair Transplant?

You should massage your scalp cautiously and be very gentle, and vigorous massaging will damage the grated hair implants.

You can use light finger strokes to massage the natural oil into the scalp. If you feel pain, stop and revert to spraying the scalp for another few days.

Eventually, your scalp will become less sore and massaging will become more accessible, but you need to avoid the temptation of deeply massaging the oil. 

The transplanted hair follicles are sensitive for up to six months, so refrain from overdoing it.

Should You Massage Your Scalp After Surgery?

Massaging is an excellent way to promote healing and a faster recovery after hair transplant surgery.

Massage helps to trigger the growth required from the newly implanted hair follicle. However, you need to be gentle and slow as if massaging a newborn baby.

It helps to promote blood flow to the scalp.

Hair follicles newly implanted or otherwise almost rely on a good blood supply for all of their nutrients.

The more blood flows, the better. But, at first, there is a fine line of a perfect head massage that should be done with care and gentle fingers to an over-exuberant massage that will cause damage to the new implant.

How Long Should I Massage For?

Use light oval movements with your fingertips for 2 to 3 minutes. As the healing progresses, you can lengthen the period you massage your scalp.

Some patients experience the urge to scratch the itch, don’t do this. You can use light pressure from the palm of your hand over a large area if required, and this should do the trick and alleviate the itching sensation.

A light massage with your fingers is all that is needed to stop the itchiness. If the itch persists, then use some light oil to massage the area further.

What Happens If You Don’t

Your scalp is constantly under attack from the environment, and not moisturising your scalp after hair transplant surgery could produce adverse effects and extend the healing process.

For a faster healing time, it is recommended to keep your scalp or, at the very least, the receipt site moist with natural massage oil.

The benefits to your comfort can be pronounced. You may not experience any itching from the recipient site if you keep your scalp moist.

The crust formed after surgery can be pretty thick and take time to fall off. Moisturising and massage will speed this process, making your discomfort less.

Massage oils also provide a valuable source of vitamins to the scalp’s recipient area, with clear benefits.

If You Want Better Thicker Hair Use Natural Oils

It’s worth mentioning that anyone can use natural massage oil on your scalp. If you have a full head of hair, you will also feel the benefits of a natural oil massage to the scalp.

You are encouraging blood supply, and in return, you will have luscious locks of hair.

We often forget that prevention is better than cure.

However, after hair transplant surgery, it is imperative to utilise this simple technique that offers some relief and ultimately encourages healing and better hair growth.

When Is The Best Time To Use Shampoo?

Indeed, for the first week at least, you will not be using shampoo when you shower. However, it is permissible to get your wet during this time.

Touching the implanted area is a natural response when in the shower or bath. The gentle tapping of the area will give a good indication of the progress being made.

If you feel pain for any reason, stop the activity and resume gentle massages. We all heal at different paces.

You can clean the recipient donor site as often as you wish, 2-3 times a day if you feel it helps. However, there should be no scratching or and heavy manipulations of the area through massage.

After 3 weeks, you can apply a minimal amount of shampoo, using the most gentle shampoo possible. Your doctor should advise you what to buy and the quantity to use.

 Harsh chemicals could destroy the implants, so do not be tempted to buy medicated shampoos to stop the itch and remove the flakiness of the scalp.

Allow for a natural healing process.

When shampooing, you can incorporate a gentle massage of up to ten minutes, and this will help with the healing process and encourage the veins in the scalp to become engorged with new blood.

Top 5 Reasons to go abroad for a Hair Transplant

1. Save at least 60% on the cost

A hair transplant in Europe is at least 60% cheaper than in the UK. And most packages are all inclusive, including your accommodation and airport transfers.

2. Europe has some of the most experienced surgeons in the world

Europe has more clinics, which have been established and running for much longer than clinics in the UK. The price is also lower, making it more accessible for people.

Surgeons in Europe will have carried out hundreds, if not thousands more procedures than UK based surgeons. Because of this some UK clinics will bring in surgeons from Europe to carry out your procedure.

3. Hair restoration clinics in Europe are state or the art

Many facilities in Europe are dedicated hair restoration clinics. They only perform that type of treatment. As such all equipment, facilities, techniques and staff are specialists in hair restoration. 

Hair restoration is only now becoming more popular in the UK, so many UK clinics are general cosmetic facilities that carry out various procedures.

4. Get even more value by making your transplant into a holiday

Europe is such a popular holiday destination for many reasons, the culture, history, sights, cuisine, shopping, great weather, your money goes further, it’s widely English speaking, and it’s just 2 or 3 hours away by plane. 

The list goes on! So why not travel a few days earlier, grab a low cost Airbnb or hotel, take a friend or partner and enjoy the city for a few days before your transplant.

5. Hassle free process

It’s so easy to get an assessment and price. Contact the clinic, arrange an initial consultation in the UK with your surgeon, or do an online consultation by sending a few pictures and answering some basic questions. 

Once you’re happy, pick a date and you’re done! The clinic will send you all the paperwork and itinerary so you know exactly what’s happening. You don’t pay until you go for treatment. 

You just hop on the plane. A transfer car will meet you as you get off the plane and take you to the clinic. It’s such an easy process. Easy!

Top 5 Hair Transplant Tips

1. Know your post-op timeline – The key dates!

  • You need to take the upmost care in the first 7 days
  • You can leave the house after 7 days, but I advise you take at least 2 weeks off work.
  • You won’t be able to wear a hat or exercise for up to 4 weeks after.
  • Around 2 – 4 weeks your new hair will fall out, you’ll look a little red and sore – similar to sunburn.
  • Around 4 months your new hair starts growing and looking good.
  • By 6 months you can’t tell you’ve had a transplant.
You can get a haircut after the first month, or you can keep it short yourself with clippers until it starts to grow back.

2. Pick the right time to schedule your treatment

Good clinics will be busy, so you may have to wait 2 months to get an appointment – this is a good thing. So knowing that and knowing your post-op timeline (above) means you can plan the perfect time around your social or work calendar. 

If you have important social events coming up, particularly if you know you’ll be photographed then you may plan your transplant 6 months in advance, or wait until your calendar is free.

3. Set your expectations

If your hair has receded at the front you’ll want the clinic to draw an expected hairline on your head or on pictures of you as soon as possible. They’ll then also talk about the number of grafts or hairs you’ll need and how thick the result will look. 

The sooner you can establish this, the sooner you’ll know exactly what to expect. A good clinic will also take into consideration a natural looking hair line for your age and your face and head shape. Have an honest conversation and be open to their expert feedback.

4. Knowing what the journey home looks like

There’s no way around it, you’ll have to go out in public to travel home. The worst part is sitting at the airport for 2 hours or so whilst you wait for your plane. 

I found it was best to embrace it. People are nice for the most part and won’t stare, and if one or two do who cares – you will never see those people again! You may even be at the airport with other transplant patients, I wasn’t the only one! 

Take a travel pillow and have someone pick you up if possible, so you can exit swiftly and get back home as soon as possible. It’s natural to be self-conscious, but it’s over fast and well worth it.

Tip! Just take carry-on luggage to keep your check-in and wait time down.

5. Choosing the right clinic

  • Pick somewhere you can travel to and from easily
  • Check their reviews online, not just on their site!
  • Do they have a good quality website and professional looking emails?
  • Can you see actual case studies of previous patients online?
  • Do they have an address? Can you see it on Google street view?
  • Can you meet your surgeon for a consultation beforehand?
  • Do you know someone who’s been there before – first hand opinion is amazing!
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

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