FUE Post-Op Day 1 – Immediately After Surgery

John Maddock

John Maddock

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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FUE Post-Op Day 1 – Immediately After Surgery

I’ve just arrived back at the hotel after my FUE transplant procedure. My head is bloody and sore but it really doesn’t feel that bad at all. It definitely looks a lot worse than it actually is. I’m not really in any pain, I’m just a little tired. I arrived at the clinic at 9am and left for my hotel at 3.30pm. It’s not been a long day, but I do feel tired. The clinic have given me a care pack that contains aftercare documents, painkillers, antibiotics, saline solution and pads to rest my head on – a week’s supply.

It takes 7 days for newly transplanted hair follicles to properly graft to your scalp. So the aftercare in the first week is crucial!

You need to spray your scalp roughly every hour until the saline solution runs out. The saline solution helps clean and disinfect your scalp. You also take antibiotics twice a day to prevent infection. You are given painkillers to take when required, which for me was only a couple of times during the first 2 or 3 days. You can shower and bathe during the first week, but you cannot put your head under the water. You also have to sleep with your upper body upright at a 45 degree angle (closer to 90 degrees for larger procedures). The key thing is to relax and not over exert yourself in the first few weeks. I took time off work and didn’t really leave the house for the first 2 weeks.

I also took sleeping pills on a couple of occasions in the first few days. This wasn’t due to any pain. It was more because the travel had disrupted my sleeping pattern. And because sleeping with my upper body upright was a strange thing to adjust to.

In your aftercare pack you are given pads to rest your head when sleeping. I suggest using these for the first 2 or 3 nights as your wounds will weep a little, especially on the first night. If you don’t you’ll need new pillow cases!

Hair Transplant Common Questions

Check out the FAQ’s section for more.

How much does it cost?

Prices in Europe are between 50% and 75% cheaper than in the UK or US. Packages start from £1500 and include accommodation. I paid £2000 for 1000 grafts (3000 hairs) in Budapest, which is less than a 3 hour flight from the UK. I was quoted between £8000 and £12,000 for the same procedure in the UK. Adding £200 for flights I paid £2200 in total - so it is very affordable!

Does it hurt?

No! A hair transplant is painless. On the day of the transplant you are given a few local anaesthetic injections into your scalp. You may feel the first one or two. From that point on your are numbed and you don't feel anything. Most people actually fall asleep - I did for most of the day!

How long before it grows back?

A few weeks after your transplant your new hair starts to fall out. It then takes a couple of months to start growing again. Between month 1 and month 3 post-op your hair is thin. They call this the 'ugly ducking' phase. This soon passes and it starts getting really exciting. Around month 4 I had good coverage and was going to the hair dressers again. By month 6 you could not tell I had a transplant. When it got to 12 months post-op I was a different person.

Regaine is an FDA approved treatment for hair loss, suitable for both men and women. The active ingredient it contains is called Minoxidil. Minoxidil is clinically proven to prevent further hair loss in around 80% cases. It works by enhancing the blood supply to your hair follicles.

Naturelo Multivitamins are fantastic! They contain 110% of your recommended daily allowance of Biotin, as well as a host of other vitamins that are great for your hair and general well being. I love them!

Keratin is a basic protein that makes up your hair, skin, and nails. Biotin improves your body’s keratin infrastructure. It adds colour and thickness to your hair.

Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo is a really nice shampoo to use. It claims to boost blood flow to the scalp which promotes hair growth. It’s not as effective as Regaine, but it’s still a really nice cost effective shampoo.

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