Day 0: Day of hair transplant.
Days 1 – 5: The first 2 weeks following a hair transplant are the most critical. Dr. Gabel provides his patients with detailed instruction booklets on exactly how to care for the newly transplanted grafts. During the first 5 days, patients will experience swelling of the forehead and at the back of the head, which is the donor area. The skin may also look red at the areas where all the tiny incisions were made for the newly transplanted hairs. This redness usually resolves after the first week or 2. After only a few days, the donor area is no longer tender.
Days 6 – 10: At this point, patients no longer experience any swelling and the redness should only be faint or completely gone. For each follicular unit transplanted, a “crust” will form which is the attached skin layer drying out. During this time, Dr. Gabel will have his patients gently remove the crusts by thoroughly soaking the grafts, and then gently rubbing them with a finger. By day 10, all the crusting should be gone and the transplanted hairs will appear like a “crew-cut” haircut. Lastly, around day 10, the sutures or staples will be removed.