When can I start exercise after FUE Hair Transplant?

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Hair Transplant, Questions | HairMD | May 31, 2021

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Workout after hair transplant

 

Nowadays, hair transplant treatment has evolved from the basic strip method (FUT) to the technologically advanced FUE method. These days, FUE transplant is a gold standard procedure, which treats baldness and creates natural looking hair.  After having a FUE hair transplant, there are several doubts and queries that come across the minds of people. One of the often asked questions is – When can I start exercise after FUE Hair Transplant? 

Before we get started with your query about the right time to start exercise after hair transplant, let’s take a few minutes to understand more about FUE hair transplant. 

FUE Hair Transplant: All You Need To Know

  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a sutureless type of method used for hair restoration. In this method, hair follicles are extracted from the back of the head and beard, under local anesthesia, with the help of special micro punches. These hair follicles are then implanted in the bald area.
  • FUE is a type of hair transplant in which the extraction method is different from FUT, although the implantation is the same.
  • The surgery involves trimming the hair of the entire donor area from the back of the head to 1mm to 2mm in length. Grafts are then extracted from the donor area. After extraction, the grafts are implanted on the bald area in a similar way as FUT.

5 major steps in FUE Hair Transplant

  1. Hairline Designing
  2. Slit Making
  3. Extraction
  4. Microscopic Examination
  5. Implanting

This process of graft extraction and its examination and implantation takes place simultaneously during Hair Transplant surgery. This offers the best hair transplant results and has maximum graft survival rate. In the FUE method, the donor’s hair is extracted follicle by follicle from the donor area. In the FUE Hair Transplant method, every follicular unit is removed separately with the help of various types of motor punches, which aids the surgeon in placing every single follicle correctly.

There will be almost no scarring, if FUE Hair Transplant is done systematically and skillfully,  Since FUE doesn’t have any kind of linear wounds that can be affected by exercise, returning to a regular workout routine is much quicker than in the case of a linear strip method. 

When can I start exercise after hair transplant?

After a FUE Hair Transplant surgery, a break of 10 days to 2 weeks should be maintained for the scalp to accept the implanted grafts quickly and successfully. Heavy exercises like running, cardio, and swimming can be resumed after this time period. However, you can start with brisk walking, very light cardio exercises and also resume your daily routine from the very next day. All that you need to do when you resume work from the next day is to take care of your transplanted hair diligently. 

While you edge close to the 14-day mark, you can gradually increase the distance of your walks or the intensity of the cardio exercises. Remember to keep in mind that you do not sweat or get overheated while you workout after hair transplant. 

Generally, your scalp is very sensitive post FUE hair transplant procedure. Cardio, running, jogging and other strenuous exercises can result in sweating and can irritate your scalp, along with damaging your newly implanted hair. So, it’s recommended that you allow your scalp to heal completely before returning to heavy workout after hair transplant. Even for swimming, you should consult your dermatologist and seek his/her advice before getting into the swimming pool. This is because swimming pools are chlorinated, which can damage your grafts and hair follicles. 

After the lapse of the 14-day period, you can definitely return to your normal workout routine or hit the gym after hair transplant, but take care to make the process gradual. It is best not to return to your normal routine at one go. Instead, pace it out well, so that your scalp does not get adversely affected.

For more information about FUE Transplants, pre and post op care, speak to a dermatologist. 

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