FUE Post-Op Day 2

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 2

I slept really well last night. I didn’t have any pain on the day of the surgery, but I do have a little pain today. I have taken a couple of painkillers and I feel fine now. I am about to board the plane and make my way back to the UK. Some clinics give you a travel cap to wear on your return journey. I advise asking your clinic if they offer this, and if not buying one yourself. I forgot to ask and had to re-bandage the back of my head as it was still very red and a little bloody. Scabbing is forming already, but I don’t feel confident travelling with the back of my head exposed. So with care to not cover my newly transplanted hair on the hairline I have covered the back just for the journey home.

I can see progress today. The redness has reduced a little and scabbing is forming nicely. The saline solution is definitely helping with that, so I will continue to keep applying it as much as possible. Much like yesterday it looks worse than it actually feels. I have had a little soreness, mostly in the back on my head where the grafts were taken from.

The clinic advised that I may see swelling appear on my forehead as a result of the injections into my scalp on the day of surgery. The injections numb the pain and make your scalp more malleable, but do leave a little fluid build-up. I can see a little swelling at the top of my forehead today. Other than that I feel good and I can’t wait to get home. You can massage your head to distribute the fluid build-up, but I will wait until tomorrow for that.

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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