The area which has been treated will feel quite sore for a few days while the scalp heals. You may be prescribed medications to aid your recovery, such as pain killers, antibiotics to reduce your risk of infection, and anti-inflammatory medications which will reduce any swelling.
Before you leave the hair transplant clinic, the surgeon will advise you on how to look after your scalp and you will normally be asked to attend a follow-up appointment to check that your scalp is healing well and to check the progress of the transplant. You may be offered further check-ups over the course of a year.
It normally takes at least three months for the newly-transplanted hair to grow as normal, so patience is needed. You may notice some hair fall out a couple of weeks after hair transplant surgery, but this is normal and is making way for new hair to grow.
FUT leaves a long scar across the donor area of the scalp, which can be hidden by longer hair. Healing time is longer than with FUE.
There is usually minimal scarring with FUE, and it may not be visible to the naked eye. Successfully transplanted hair will continue to grow for the rest of your life. The surrounding naturally growing hair may still be subject to the action of DHT, which triggers hair loss in men. As part of a longer treatment regime, of which hair transplant is just a part, your doctor may prescribe minoxidil (Regaine) or finasteride (Propecia) to further stimulate hair regrowth and slow down any future hair loss.