Aftercare is just as important as surgery when it comes to hair transplants. Hair transplant surgery can last 6 to 8 hours, during which doctors extract, harvest, and implant healthy hair follicles from the donor area, which is the back of the head, to the recipient area, which is the side, crown, and front of the head. A typical hair restoration surgery uses up to 4000 grafts or more, depending on the extent of your hair loss and your desired density and look. In other words, the time required to perform a single hair transplant surgery and the number of grafts required per surgery indicate that it is quite extensive.
Taking proper care after surgery to maximize the benefits of a hair transplant, therefore, necessitates following the doctor’s instructions and exercising caution in how you care for your hair and head. One important consideration in this regard is how you sleep after a hair transplant. This isn’t to say you have to stay upright all the time and don’t let anything touch your head or hair, but keep in mind that you went through a delicate procedure and newly implanted hair needs time to fully immerse and regenerate in the recipient area. Here are some tips and advice on how to sleep during the first week after a hair transplant surgery to avoid disturbing your newly implanted hair.
How Should You Sleep After a Hair Transplant?
- To begin, sleep in a position that prevents the back of your head and sides from being smashed when you toss and turn.
- In this regard, sleep with a neck pillow to keep your head upright and improve your sleep.
- Some people recommend sleeping in a recliner to help you sleep better while keeping your head elevated. If you have one, sleep on it for a week until the healing process begins.
- Also, for at least a week, sleep on your back and avoid sleeping on your side.
- Similarly, avoid tossing and turning to avoid disturbing your transplanted hair with constant motion and pillow contact.
Other Tips to Look after hair transplant while Sleeping
Other Tips for Taking Care of Hair Transplants while Sleeping during post-hair transplant operation are:
- There is a possibility of leakage after a post-op, particularly local anesthesia, so wrap a clean towel around your neck or pillow to prevent staining.
In the first few days
Return to Normal Sleep Pattern 10 Days After Hair Transplant Surgery
You should be able to sleep in your preferred position one week or ten days after a hair transplant surgery. After a week or so, your doctor will request a check-up to see how your newly transplanted hair and scalp are doing and will advise you on what you should do next, including how you should sleep.
The most important thing is to avoid worrying about your hair and appearance and to try to get enough sleep on a regular basis. It will help you relax and allow your body to work to heal your hair transplant faster.