The immediate time after the surgery is what concerns many of those who consider a hair transplant. And whether or not one should take off from work becomes another major concern. But while it is possible to go back to work the following day after the hair transplant, many doctors will recommend that the client schedules a few days off from work. The exact number of days that will be needed is hard to predict and depends on many different factors, but the type of hair transplant procedure chosen will make a difference.
The two major hair transplant methods, the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method and the Strip technique, have a clear difference between them which might affect the time that will be needed off from work. The difference is the process in which hairs are removed from the scalp. The strip means that a strip of skin will be removed from the head from where hairs will be harvested. The FUE removes hairs individually from the scalp without the use of a scalpel. What this means is that the strip is a more invasive hair transplant procedure which will leave the client with a wound, and having this wound can lead to more pain and discomfort which in turn could make it a good idea to stay home for a little while.
Taking a few days off from work after a hair transplant is a wise idea because it will allow the client to make sure that everything is ok and adjust to the new situation. But taking any longer than that may not be needed and is ultimately up to the client. The main concern to many clients post operation are the little scabs that will form around the hairs following the transplant. These scabs may not heal and fall off until 10 days or 2 weeks after the surgery. While it is fine to go on with every day life from a medical standpoint the cosmetic aspect can be the real issue. Some individuals take 2 or even 3 weeks off from work in order to make sure there are little to no marks left, but there can still be some redness at that point.
Unless the client is very concerned about people noticing the hair transplant, taking more than a few days off from work is not needed. During the hair transplant consultation the client should raise any questions or concerns, and the doctor will be able to give their recommendation regarding how many days the clients should take off. Typically, clients who have undergone the strip hair transplant may want to take a few extra days off to make sure there is no discomfort before going back to work. The FUE is a less invasive method and clients can often go back to work sooner.