Unless you are planning to damage, displace your newly implanted grafts.
It is wise to learn that: Once the grafts are damaged, primarily due to compression while you wear a hat, your head will have a destroyed set of grafts creating empty patches harming the recovery process post a hair transplant.
SO, is it the end of your cap-legacy?
Worry not, obviously there are restrictions to wearing a cap after a hair transplant, BUT those are temporary.
OK, then How long should one wait after they have had a hair transplant surgery?
Before answering this question, we should know why the cap becomes so harmful for the scalp immediately after the surgery.
Under the process of harvesting hair grafts from one end of the scalp to implanting them to another, a lot of wear and tear happens. Placing the scalp in peril. The soft skin went through some wear and tear and needed time to heal without interference.
After the surgery, The newly implanted grafts are yet to dry. They are preparing a stronghold into the area they were dug up. The scalp is swallowed and may release some itching sensation; in fact, some bleeding and scabbing could continue days after the treatment. The entire setup is so fragile that even a small rub or friction could cause non-reversible damage.
Altogether, we learned not to bother grafts until they have settled themselves into new surroundings. Hence, saying no to cap is a wise idea.
Coming back to the question, when can I put a hat on?
Surgeons recommend waiting at least 10 days before you wear anything over the scalp until the grafts are anchored permanently.
Is there an alternative to the scalp concealment process after a hair transplant?
It’s an oblivious question. No one wants to display limits. We are sure you fall into this bracket.
But caps are off-limits; is there an alternative? We heard you asking.
The best answer is to ask your doctor to suggest a right covering for your scalp until they are healed.
Medical stores and clinics keep regulated covers for occasions like such that protect the scalp from damage and cover the marks simultaneously.
Secondly, your doctor will ask you to refrain from wearing clothes that require going over the head to be worn or removed. You can rather wear zip or button-based tops and stay on the safer side.
Precautions You Should Take while Wearing a Headcover?
Ensure that the covering must touch the grafts upon wearing or removal. Keep a vigilance at protecting grafts at all times. Soft fabric-based headpieces are the best to cover the scalp as cotton covers can stick to the scalp.
Wear a clean covering/headpiece and wash it thoroughly if stained with dirt or blood to avoid infection.
Never wear headwear for longer periods ( preferably Not more than 2-3 hours a day)
To attain Premium results, you have to follow all post-care instructions and advice from the surgeon.
How the results will appear depends a lot upon how to treat grafts after the surgery.
You can wear a hat after 10 days of your hair transplant surgery.
To cover the scalp before this time, wear a non-cotton-based headcover as per your surgeon’s instructions.
Do not wear a cap for long intervals (2-4 hours max)
Keep the lid/covering clean off dust or blood.
Please make sure that the grafts remain untouched while you wear or remove the cap.
Do not wear clothes that require going over the head to wear or remove them ( button or zip-based top is best).