How to Sleep After Hair Transplants

September 9, 2021

After a hair transplant, you should take care to ensure that you don’t injure your head while sleeping; after all, it is still a surgical procedure, and your scalp may be sensitive following the procedure. As such, we recommend using a special sleeping position to avoid pain and discomfort, particularly once the anesthetic has worn off.

For five days following your operation, we recommend that you wear a headband to prevent swelling and inflammation, but don’t apply any pressure to the region that was operated upon, as this needs time to heal naturally.

We recommend keeping a towel underneath your head to prevent moisture from building up on your skin and to catch any draining anesthetic. Moreover, you should ensure that you sleep up, so you are facing the ceiling and not placing pressure on the operated region. If you struggle to maintain this position, we recommend sleeping in a recliner.

If you are struggling to sleep due to discomfort, we recommend taking some mild painkillers to begin with. Our procedures are minimally invasive. This means that the wounds will begin to heal as soon as possible, so you won’t need to worry about discomfort for long. Indeed, after six days, most of your healing should have commenced, and you can return to a side sleeping position if needed.

When Can I Return to Normal?

Any damage to the transplanted hair follicles could be bad news for your recovery, and could result in the transplant being unsuccessful or scarring occurring. Hence, you should try to remain sleeping on your back for as long as possible ideally; however, after two weeks, you should be able to sleep as normal again. However, still take care at this time to make sure that you don’t knock your scalp, as this could damage the new follicles.

We also recommend avoiding physical exercise and promoting good general health following the procedure. Indeed, although our methods are minimally invasive in nature, they are still causing minor injuries, and your body will need time to heal. You should hence avoid sweaty activities and ensure you are eating a healthy diet that is free from alcohol, nicotine, or spicy foods for the first few weeks.

Also, avoid using a hairdryer and be very careful when it comes to washing your hair; we ask that customers return to the clinic for their first hair wash to protect the follicles. Of course, washing your hair is still crucial to prevent bacteria from building up in the wounds.

To discuss hair transplants and how they might work for you, get in touch with our team today!