Many men around the world want to have a thick and masculine beard. Beard styles can complement your appearance and make you feel fashionable and more vigorous. Unfortunately, not everyone can grow a full beard. This is why beard transplant surgery has become more prevalent worldwide.
The best outcomes from the operation rely on proper aftercare. In addition to revisiting follow-up appointments at the clinic, there are several concerns patients will need to address after their surgery.
For a beard transplant surgery to be successful, patients need to devote some time to recovery and decent aftercare. Patients will need to consider taking a few days to a week off work to ensure they are prepared and that significant side effects that may prove deformed have passed.
To prevent infection and other potential side effects, patients must keep their faces and the donor site on the scalp as clean as possible. As part of your post-op care regimen, follow the cleaning instructions provided by your surgeon. To help with the healing process, an antibiotic ointment should be applied as directed.
Sleep flat on your back rather than on your stomach or side after surgery for the next several days. To assist with the healing process, make sure your head is elevated with some pillows.
Some of the most faced side effects after beard transplant surgery include:
- Itchiness and irritation
- Soreness of the face and scalp
- The tightness of the face and scalp
- Numbness of the face and scalp
- Redness of the face and scalp
- Temporary scabbing and crusts
- Swelling around treated areas
Patients should show improvement in day-to-day side effects, with side effects like swelling and redness subsiding by the end of the week. No scabs or crusts that form should be picked by patients as these are a natural part of recovery.
Be sure to avoid the following activities after undergoing beard transplant surgery until suggested otherwise by your plastic surgeon:
- Exposing your face or scalp to direct sunlight
- Use of blood thinners or similar medications
- Smoking and use of tobacco products
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
- Using hot tubs
- Visiting steam rooms or saunas
- Shaving After Beard Transplant Surgery
- Touching, rubbing, and scratching your chin and cheeks
- Strenuous or vigorous physical activity
Patients can shave again approximately ten days after the surgery without worrying about harming the hair follicles of the donor. As your face may feel a bit tender or sensitive, be sure to be gentle while doing so.
The donor’s hair will all fall out about two to three weeks after the beard transplant operation. This is temporary and natural. The same sudden hair loss occurs with traditional hair transplant surgery. The hair will eventually grow back, helping to fill out your beard.
The transplanted follicles will regrow around four months after your beard transplant. The development will look natural and provide you with a beard that is thick, full, and nicely styled.