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What should you expect after a hair transplant?

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After the surgery, your scalp may be very tender. You may need to take pain medications for several days. Your surgeon will have you wear bandages over your scalp for at least a day or two. He or she may also prescribe an antibiotic or an anti-inflammatory drug for you to take for several days. Most people are able to return to work two to five days after the operation. Within two to three weeks after surgery, the transplanted hair will fall out, but you should start to notice new growth within a few months. Most people will see 60% of new hair growth after six to nine months. Some surgeons prescribe the hair-growing drug minoxidil (Rogaine) to improve hair growth after transplantation, but it’s not clear how well it works.

From: Hair Transplants: What to Expect WebMD Medical Reference

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Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: "Treating Female Pattern Hair Loss."

MedlinePlus.gov: "Hair Transplant."

Dermatologic Surgery at the University of Washington: "Hair Transplantation."

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 7, 2017

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: "Treating Female Pattern Hair Loss."

MedlinePlus.gov: "Hair Transplant."

Dermatologic Surgery at the University of Washington: "Hair Transplantation."

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 7, 2017

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