Holiday after a hair transplant and the subtleties you need to pay attention to are addressed in this article.
You can go on vacation after a few weeks after the FUE hair transplant. A post-hair transplant vacation is when the swelling on your scalp is reduced and the risk to your hair transplant and your health is minimized. However, there are still important things to consider while on vacation. For a more comprehensive article, read our page: post-hair transplant care. The main points you should pay attention to when going on vacation after hair transplantation are as follows:
Air travel after hair transplant
Exposing your hair transplant to direct sunlight
Swimming pool or sea
With this in mind, we will guide you to the question of whether you can go on vacation after hair transplantation.
What is hair transplantation?
Hair transplantation involves moving hair from the back and sides of the scalp or body to an area that has become thinner or balding. There are two main techniques used to perform this: FUE or FUT hair transplant surgery. After the surgery, there are important post-transplant care instructions regarding recovery, including whether you can go on vacation after having a hair transplant. If you want to go abroad for a hair transplant, you need to know some important things that can put your hair transplant and your health at risk.
Flight after hair transplant
You should know that a plane trip right after the hair transplant can put you and your hair transplant at risk. If you have swelling on your scalp after surgery, cabin pressure during a very early flight can make the swelling worse. This is because the swelling affects your forehead and eyes and can make it difficult for you to open your eyes. To reduce this risk, we recommend that you do not fly for at least 7 days after your hair transplant.
Exposing the hair to direct sunlight
When you go on vacation, you may want to relax and sunbathe on the beach or by the swimming pool. While it is healing following your hair transplant, it is important not to expose your newly transplanted grafts to direct sunlight, especially when the area is red.
Exposing your newly planted follicles to strong UV rays can damage them. For this reason, it is recommended to wear a cap when going out for the first 2 weeks after hair transplantation. If, after 2 weeks, your transplant still looks quite red, you will only need to consider wearing a hat or bonnet. This means that if you want to go on vacation and enjoy the sun after hair transplantation, it may be best to plan your vacation 2 weeks after the operation.
Swimming pool or sea
You can be enthusiastic about swimming and enjoy swimming in the sea or pool on vacation. If you have just had your hair transplant, this is definitely not recommended! Swimming pools and seawater can be dirty and have a high risk of infecting your hair transplant. We recommend not swimming for at least 2 weeks (or even 3 weeks) after surgery. If you see redness after the hair transplant despite healing, then you may need to delay swimming for at least 4 weeks after the surgery. In summary: If you want to take a vacation after a hair transplant, and if you want activities such as swimming and sunbathing, we recommend that you wait at least 2 weeks before going abroad.
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