There are many ways for hair transplant, but two types of it are fundamental: FUE and FUT. After a transplant surgery, there are some precautions that we should follow. Ultimately, hair transplant transaction is a surgery and requires application of local anesthesia due to numbing the area. After all, it leaves you off scars to take care for some time. It is said that there is no need to rush for complete healing and can take 12 months. In this article, we are going to take a look at exercise that we can do after the transplant transaction. How long should we wait? When can we start doing sports as we were doing before the transaction? Can I start swimming after a week? For all these answers, let’s start scrolling down.
First 3 Days
You have undergone a local surgery. As we say in Turkish, “Get well soon!”. Now, you have hair grafts on your sculp which caused scars. What you need to do is to avoid from any movement that can lead to increase blood pressure. Moreover, your scars are still delicate so that you can encounter with swelling problems, too. Another recommendation in first days, try to avoid your head from the water. As a result, exercising after the hair transplant might be causing situations that straining the scars on your head which will affect the healing process.
4 – 10 days
In this time period, you can start exercising lightly. The aim of those exercise can be keeping the circulation, not breaking sweat. Yoga or gentle walking are recommended non-strenuous activities. However, you should still be cautious about blood pressure and sweating.
Without a doubt, these times periods that we say are not cut and clear. Surgeries, transplants, healings are peculiar to every individual. In order to understand when to start exercising, it is best option to check in with your doctor. However, you can consider these time periods as a guideline.
Generally, the scabs that coming from the process of grafting start falling off in 10 days. It means that scars have healed, and your skin is not that delicate anymore. But it doesn’t give you credit to start exercising fully. You still underwent an operation and it requires you to look after yourself. In order to have proper healing, your grafts should be nurtured and nourished regularly.
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In this time period, you can take a further step in terms of exercise pace. Low intensity cardio exercise, gym and sports can be carried out by being careful about not spending excessive effort or sweating too much.
After a month
Now, it is time to go back to start lifting weight for those who want to. Moreover, for those who want to do activities which include intense physical contact, it is time as well. Football, basketball, strenuous gym activities can be carried out after 4 weeks of the transplant.
There is a unique situation for the patients who had the FUT surgery. They would want to wait to start doing exercises stretching their back of the neck for another 6-8 weeks.
When Can I Start Swimming?
Well, swimming is a little bit tricky. There are different views on this from doctor to doctor. While some suggest 15 days, some say up to 3 months. It is important to know that substances in the pool water like chlorine can affect the grafts. It is the same for the sea water which is salty. What we are trying to do is to support and nourish our grafts in the healing process. Swimming in chlorinated or salty water would affect the health of your grafts. It is good to give your sculp some time to repair itself and start swimming with swim caps.
The background of all these cautionary approaches is to have the possible positive result from the transplant. As above, it is important to nourish and support the grafts. One of the reasons taking a break from such activities at least a month is preventing our grafts from having infection. Sweating can lead to infection on our sculp. Moreover, having caps for some time can cause sweating and have the operated are infected. Avoiding sunshine, hat or demanding activities are for the same reason. The second aspect of it is not to increase the blood pressure which can cause bleeding out of the scars. Sweating is mostly inevitable with blood pressure.
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