What kind of water will you be swimming in?
In general, you’ll want to avoid potentially strenuous activities for about ten days following a hair transplant. Use common sense and take it easy with initial workouts when those ten days have passed. If you like to swim for exercise, you’ll want to pay attention to the kind of water that glorious mop will be soaking in. Since swimming in the ocean does entail being outside in the sun, however, remember to protect your healing scalp (as well as the rest of your body) from potential sun damage.
Saltwater: In the past, doctors recommended swimming in the ocean to help spur healing. The salt could help to disinfect and speed up the healing process. Today, however, this is not as commonly recommended. The current pollution levels in the ocean mean that people risk infection if they expose healing areas to ocean water. Instead, wait for any scabs to heal before going for a dip. Once the scabs have healed, you’re free to soak up the salt!
Chlorinated water: Most doctors will recommend avoiding chlorinated water from two weeks to a month following the procedure. The chlorine can potentially damage the hair grafts, so it would be wise to avoid exposure before healing is complete. Once your grafts have healed, the chlorine should not damage the transplanted hair. When you’re swimming in outdoor pools, remember to be mindful of the sun.
What other precautions should you take?
When you begin swimming, there are a few other things to think about in order to keep your scalp and hair healthy. The most important recommendation: be very conscious of the transplant donor area. For example, some diving techniques or other water activities may strain the area. Strain can occur when the chin touches the chest or similar ‘head down’ positions. Any other position that causes pulling along the sides or back of the head should be avoided during the healing period. Failure to observe these precautions could slow the healing and hinder the success of the procedure.
When it comes to having a successful hair transplant, post-operative care is vital. It ensures that you’re comfortable and you’re promoting hair growth as effectively as possible. Thinking about getting a hair transplant? Contact us today to discuss your options.