Going Back to Work After Getting Hair Transplant Surgery By Robert True on March 10, 2014

Going Back to Work After Getting Hair Transplant SurgeryIf you suffer from male pattern baldness, you may feel self-conscious about your overall appearance. Thankfully there are many options for treating hair loss and balding at our hair clinic. While non-surgical treatments have proven quite helpful for many, undergoing hair transplant surgery has been one of the best solutions for a number of patients.

During the consultation process, we'll be able to go over the basics of hair transplant surgery in much greater detail. Right now, we want to consider when patients can return to work after surgery. As part of this overview of the matter, we'll look at those early considerations for recovery as well as tips to consider as you go back to your job.

About the Hair Transplant Surgery Process

During hair restoration surgery, follicle grafts are taken from the back portion of the head. These follicle grafts are then transferred to the frontal portion of the hairline where the patient is balding. Distribution and density of the hair grafts is carefully considered in order to yield the best possible results. In the end, effective hair transplantation surgery can give you a natural-looking head of hair.

When will I be able to return to work?

The answer to this questions really depends on the kind of work you do.

For people who have desk jobs or basic office jobs, it is possible for you to return to work the next day after your hair restoration surgery. This varies from patient to patient, and some may wish to wait a few days or even a few weeks just to concentrate on resting/healing before they're back on the job.

For patients who work in jobs that involve heavy lifting or lots of manual labor, it's best for them to wait at least a week or two weeks before returning to the job.

During your consultation for hair transplant surgery, your surgeon will give you a customized recovery timeline based on your situation, the nature of your hair loss, and the duties of your occupation.

What to Expect In the Early Period of Recovery

In the early days of recovery, patients can expect some of the following side effects:

  • Soreness
  • Bruising
  • Scabbing
  • Swelling
  • Redness

The above side effects are all common and can be addressed by following your post-operative instructions to the letter. These side effects are one reason why patients may want to consider taking a few days off work before they return to the job.

Tips for Hair Transplant Surgery Recovery

In addition to following all tips for post-operative care, we recommend that you wear a bandanna or a cap when possible to prevent direct exposure to the sun and to conceal the appearance of scabbing and redness as grafts that are healing. The latter is something that's important to consider if you have a job that involves interactions with the public.

If your workplace does not allow you to wear a bandanna or cap while on the job, you will want to consider taking time off in case your appearance and recovery experience will affect your ability to do your normal duties at work.

Learn More About Hair Restoration Surgery

If you would like to learn more about effective hair restoration options and how our team can help you get a full head of hair that looks natural, be sure to contact our hair loss clinics in New York, New Jersey, and Boston today. We will be sure to answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns in full so that you can make informed decisions about your health, wellness, and overall appearance.

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At The Hair Loss Doctors with our Surgical Headquarters in Garden City, NY and clinics in Manhattan, NY; Boston, MA; and Short Hills, NJ, Dr. Robert J. Dorin helps men and women reverse the effects of hair loss through various surgical and non-surgical treatments including Follicular Unit Transplantation and Follicular Unit Extraction. Our Founder & Medical Director is affiliated with:

  • The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • The American Board of Restoration Surgery
  • The International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons
  • The American Osteopathic Association

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