Can You Wear A Cap After A Hair Transplant?

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Can You Wear A Cap After A Hair Transplant

Can You Wear A Cap After A Hair Transplant?

Can You Wear A Cap 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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Are you concerned about the visible scars on your head after the hair transplant surgery and would like to cover them up to be discreet?

Yes, you can wear a hat as long as it’s loose-fitting. After surgery, a cap is not recommended because it rests on the scalp and is difficult to remove if blood dries on the material. Wait at least 7 to 10 days before wearing a cap.

Can I cover my head after a hair transplant?

You must keep your scalp covered when walking outside; the scars and newly grafted hair follicles need to be protected from dust and debris in the atmosphere.

Sunlight is detrimental to the regrowth of your newly transplanted hair follicles. It is recommended that a loose-fitting hat be worn to keep your scalp clean and free from anything that could cause an infection.

7 to 10 days later, you can move to something more fashionable if you wish, but it’s still advisable to wear something loose and avoid irritating the scalp.

Sunlight is a primary concern, and you should not expose your hair transplant to UV sun rays until you are completely healed and have sufficient hair growth to protect your scalp.

How can I protect my hair after a transplant?

You can protect your hair by using recommended shampoos and conditioners. When you first go home after your hair transplant, you will need to spray your scalp for a few days to retain sufficient moisture and laxity.

Massaging the scalp will help protect your new transplants and your native hair. Massaging is required to relieve any itches and encourage blood flow to the scalp to energise the hair follicles.

You may have been prescribed medications such as Minoxidil to massage into your scalp. Use this as prescribed to get the very best results.

Wear a hat whenever you are outdoors until your hair transplant surgeon advises you otherwise.

This will protect your new hairs from the harsh elements of UV, wind and dust in the air.

Can I wear a bandana after a hair transplant?

It should be ok if the bandana is wrapped around the forehead with a section of material draped across the surgical area.

The crucial factors are to keep your scalp and surgical site as clean as possible and not introduce an infection that could have been easily avoided.

If the bandana will leave the surgical site open to the elements, it’s a bad idea, and you should refrain from using a bandana.

A bandana is not a substitute for the barrier a hat can offer, but if you are out in your car driving around or just nipping into the local shopping centre, then it’s a call you will have to make for yourself.

Remember, any infection or prolonged exposure to UV rays will increase the risk of your grafted hair follicles failing.

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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