Although our country is one that promotes multitasking, efficiency, and timeliness (who else is guilty of ordering take-out on your phone while simultaneously doing laundry, working on the computer, and watching Netflix? We see you), we also enjoy children’s stories cautioning against rushing into things (remember the Tortoise and the Hare?). Some things, however, are just too good to wait on—but hair transplant surgery isn’t one of them.
Once you have decided to undergo surgery, the excitement about returning to a full mane can lead to delirium. This is especially true if you have been battling hair loss for a long period of time. After you’ve talked to your doctor and made your decision, you’ll want to consider a few things before you make your appointment.
There is a right time and a wrong time to get a hair transplant.
Much like winter is the easiest time to recover from plastic surgery, there is a right and a wrong time for hair transplant surgery. Depending upon where you will be recovering, your daily routine, and the current season, your ideal time may be drastically different than your neighbor’s.
Since hair transplant surgery is largely an outpatient procedure that is completed within a few hours, the main concern is recovery. Like most other surgeries, the incision needs to be kept clean and free from infection. The first two weeks are crucial to healing. Within six to eight weeks your routine will have returned to normal, and your results will be fully visible within a year.
To ensure the recovery process is the easiest possible, we’ve compiled a timeline with the benefits and downfalls to recovery in each season:
Especially in Oklahoma, summers can be brutal with temperatures soaring well into the 100s—making things hot and miserable. Many families take vacations to new destinations or spend their weekends camping, fishing, and swimming out on the lake. It isn’t uncommon for some days to be especially windy, either, since summer sees the end of tornado season.
Pros: A lot of foods that encourage strong hair growth are plentiful in the summer, including apricots, watermelon, avocados, and berries. While hair growth won’t be tremendously impacted by your diet choices following a transplant surgery, even the smallest changes help. If you vacation to a cooler climate, you can use the time to give your hair a break from the hot temperatures. If you are one to experience extreme shedding following surgery—which is normal but doesn’t occur for everyone—you may be out of the office so no one notices.
Cons: The heat is not your friend. In addition to drying out your hair, your scalp can become sunburned. The incision site may become infected if you don’t avoid public pools of water for at least the first six weeks or until the site heals. On windy days, your hair needs to be protected with an adjustable cap. Excessive washing and styling to combat sweating can strip your scalp of essential oils. Your vacation plans may be interrupted with return trips to the doctor to check-up and remove your stitches, not to mention minor levels of pain.