FUE Post-Op Day 4

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 4

I slept a little more flat last night and didn’t quite have my head straight. The swelling has moved down towards my eyebrows today. But because I slept at an angle it is now not even, so one eye is a little closed. It feels fine and I know it will ease as the day progresses. I jumped the gun a little bit in relaxing my sleeping position last night. In retrospect I should have been using a travel pillow and ensuring my upper body was elevated at a 45 degree angle with my head looking straight forward. I have been using a towel rolled up like a travel pillow for the first 2 nights, and should have done it last night too.

Other than my swelling I feel I am heeling well. I haven’t taken any painkillers or sleeping pills for the last night or two and I feel good. The redness has reduced further and some of the scabbing is starting to fall off naturally by itself. Everything is progressing exactly as the clinic have advised. I just can’t wait to have a proper shower! I have been showering at a moderate temperature without wetting my head since the surgery. I will have to continue this for the next few days.

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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