You can go back to work after 5 days following your hair transplant. This is at a time in your recovery when you have less signs of surgery and your hairs aren’t so fragile in the recipient area. Ideally if you have the choice, you should aim to go back to work after 10 days following your hair transplant. At this point you will have fully recovered from surgery and have minimal signs of redness and scabbing.
At The Treatment Rooms London we often get asked “When can I get back to work after my hair transplant?”. It’s a common question because many patients are worried about their recovery following hair transplant surgery. In reality every patient is fit to work from home the day after surgery however most take at least 5 days off work to ensure they have fully recovered. This blog will help you decide when you want to return to work after having your hair transplant.
Considerations For When You Can Return To Work After A Hair Transplant
The main considerations you need to think about when returning to work are:
- When are your hairs are fully embedded into the scalp?
- If you don’t want anyone to notice you have had a hair transplant
- The day when you finish spraying your recipient site every 30 minutes
- Where do you work? Do you have to wear a hat? Are you working in the sun?
Each of these points are incredibly important when it comes to deciding when to have your hair transplant and fitting it into your work schedule. We talk about these considerations below.
When are your hairs are fully embedded into the scalp?
Regardless of where you work, you will need to be extra careful not to dislodge any newly implanted grafts. It takes 2 weeks for newly implanted grafts to fully embed into the scalp following a hair transplant. This means that if you are worried about going to work and dislodging hairs, you will need to wait until 14 days have passed since your operation.
At our clinic we explain that the first 5 days following a hair transplant are crucial. The hairs are very delicate and any minimal contact on the scalp can dislodge them. For this reason we advise all patients to take a rest for 5 days following their transplant. This can extent to 10-11 days if 5 days are taken off in-between 2 weekends. As a result, by the time you get back to work your hairs will be well on the way to “taking root”!
You don’t want anyone to notice you have had a hair transplant
This is a common worry. When they go back to work, many patients don’t want anyone to know that they have had a hair transplant. People can notice someone has had a hair transplant for the following reasons:
- Short hair cut on the back and sides
- Small scabs in the newly implanted area
- Redness in the donor and recipient areas
Short hair cut on the back and sides
To carry out a hair transplant many patients will be required to shave their on the back and sides of the head to a grade 0. This can take 7-10 days to grow to a length that isn’t perceived as too short for work. So if you are worried about having too short a hair cut following your hair transplant, we advise waiting 7-10 days before going back to work.
Small scabs in the newly implanted area
In the first 1-4 days after hair transplant surgery you will have noticeable small scabs where your newly implanted grafts are. When you finally get to wash your head on the 5th day after surgery these small scabs will begin to wash away. By the 7th-10th day of washing these small scabs should have washed away entirely. So if you were worried about going back to work and someone seeing small scabs from surgery you should wait 7-10 days before returning to work.
Redness in the donor and recipient areas
After your hair transplant, you will find the back and the front of your head will be slightly red. This is because of the tiny cuts made by your hair transplant surgeon heal with a degree of redness.
If you have light coloured skin this redness is more obvious than darker coloured skin. As a result, this redness may be more noticeable for longer.
As a general rule of thumb, redness tends to last 10-14 days. It can rarely last 6-8 weeks after hair transplant surgery especially if you have lighter coloured skin. If you were worried about redness being noticeable after surgery then we advise waiting 2 weeks before going back to work.
However, if you have an unshaven hair transplant you should be able to comb over and conceal any red areas, therefore hiding any signs that you have undergone surgery. This means that if you wanted to get back to work earlier after your hair transplant having an unshaven procedure could be of benefit for you.
The day when you finish spraying your recipient site every 30 minutes
You ought to rest following your hair transplant for 5 days as you will be spraying your newly implanted hairs regularly (every 30 minutes). You stop spraying on the 5th day after your hair transplant. After this you may wish to go back to work as you won’t be required to spray regularly from then on.
Where do you work?
Another important consideration is what type of work do you do? We recommend you do not expose your head to direct sunlight for 2 weeks following your procedure. This is because direct sunlight can cause sunburn and damage your newly implanted hairs. For this reason if you work in the sun, you may wish to wear a cap or a hat which may seem unprofessional depending on where you work.
Another consideration is if you need to wear a hat at work. If you need to wear a tight fitting hat at work you may choose to go back to work after 2 weeks. If you wear a hat that sits on top of your newly implanted hairs you risk compromising the delicately placed hairs in the first 2 weeks. In these circumstances we recommend you take 2 weeks off work.
Are you looking to have a hair transplant?
If you are looking to have a hair transplant and you are still wondering about when you can go back to work feel free to see us in clinic. Our Surgeons would be happy to go through your treatment options and explain when would be the best time for you to go back to work. Click the link below to make an enquiry today: