Let’s start by addressing this: There is nothing wrong with getting a hair transplant.
Deciding that your hair deserves better, that you deserve better, is not a shameful thing.
However, we always care about patients’ comfort as much as their health.
So, asking for a smoother transition and key points is natural to ensure people can get used to your new, better look.
That is why we believe a hair transplant process is only complete with useful tips on hiding from the world that you had surgery: Instead, you always looked great. 👍
In today’s article, I will talk about how long a hair transplant stays noticeable, why some patients do not prefer this, and your 5 ways of hiding this fact:
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First, the obvious question:
How Long After the Surgery Is a Hair Transplant Noticeable?
A hair transplant is noticeable to the world in two ways:
1️⃣ The redness and the shaven part of your head visible right after the surgery: These are the inevitable parts of any surgery but do not last longer than a few weeks.
More importantly, some techniques, such as the FUT technique, may cause more visibly noticeable redness and scars on your scalp.
So, ideally, you can consider more advanced methods, such as the FUE technique, as they leave fewer visible scars and require a smaller part of your area to be shaved.
2️⃣ The newly transplanted hair that grows from your balding areas: As your new hair grows out from the parts of your head that used to be balding, people around you may notice the surgery during your recovery process.
However, after 6 to 12 months of full post-surgery recovery, your recipient areas should mix in with your existing hair without being distinguishable.
🔔 To summarize, your transplant will be noticeable starting in the first weeks with some redness to a year, with your transplanted hair slowly taking place in your scalp.
Then, the question is, why do some patients might want to hide this:
Why You Might Want to Hide Your Hair Transplant
As I have previously said, you shouldn’t be ashamed of having a hair transplant.
It is just that some patients prefer to keep this to themselves, which is entirely understandable.
⚠️ Even if you are okay with others knowing you had a transplant, the first few weeks after surgery can leave a nasty-looking redness. And wanting to cover that up wouldn’t hurt.
Deciding on surgery alone is difficult; no patient should also worry about the post-surgery process.
So, here are your 5 easy ways to conceal your hair transplant:
5 Ways to Conceal Your Hair Transplant 🍀
👍 Luckily, these precautions you have are so easily applicable that you can use some of them even before you enter the surgery.
Wearing a hat 🎩
The most common way of concealing your transplant that is advised by almost every clinic is wearing a hat.
⚠️ However, this method is a bit tricky and can be dangerous, so take caution.
The first thing to remember is your hair grafts are fragile in the first days after the surgery and can be easily dislocated.
So, your doctor will tell you that any ordinary casual hat, head covering, or helmet usage is forbidden in the first-month post-surgery.
👉 Therefore, to benefit from this method, you should consult with your doctor beforehand.
Depending on your head’s condition and the technique you chose for your transplant, they will prescribe you a medically suited, loose-fitting hat that covers the transplant area.
These are less constrictive or hard on your head than ordinary hats so you can use them with your doctor’s supervision at your own risk.
💠 One other piece of advice we can give is that if you plan on wearing a hat after your surgery, you should start wearing one before the procedure, at least for a month.
That way, people around you can get accustomed to seeing you with a hat.
Using a Concealer
One another common method for smoothly hiding your transplant is using concealers.
Concealers are great options for hiding any evidence of your transplant because of three reasons:
1️⃣ They improve the density of your hair, which covers the areas with hair loss.
2️⃣ They cause your hair follicles to appear longer and fuller, so your transplant blends in with your existing hair much better.
3️⃣ They match any type of hair and scalp color.
For all these reasons, concealers are quite helpful because their main way of hiding your transplant is to create the look of fuller, more complete hair.
Since we see our scalp only through our hair, using a concealer to turn your scalp’s color to your hair in your recipient areas after surgery can help you cover the process.
👍 Besides, they also make your hair look thick, so you start your better future with a concealer’s help much faster.
Timing your haircut ✂️
Here is another method you can use before going into surgery: A well-timed haircut.
Especially if your hair transplant method will require you to have a large part of it shaved, you can try gradually changing your hair to a shorter style.
Simply have a short haircut a couple of weeks before your hair transplant. The classic fade or crew cut can be useful, depending on your head’s shape.
That way, people will have more time to get used to your new look and will not notice much difference after your surgery.
Planning a vacation and scheduling carefully 👜📅
Suppose you are already planning on getting a haircut.
In that case, you should consider mixing it up with a well-planned post-surgery method: Scheduling your surgery time well and preferably getting a vacation with it.
For any Monday to Friday worker patients, we suggest benefiting from carefully scheduling your surgery on a Friday night. Your hair benefits greatly from having at least the weekend for recovery.
➡️ And what is better than that is, if possible, getting at least a week off from work.
Not only would that vacation help you greatly in your post-transplant recovery process by reducing your stress, but it would also give your head more time to heal.
💡 That way, the first and foremost visible evidence, such as reddening or scars, would have time to be covered under your newly growing and healing hair.
Choosing the correct method (consider FUE) 💉
Lastly, the most effective and noticeable way to manage how much of a trace your transplant leaves is to choose the correct method.
Less modern techniques such as a FUT can significantly increase your recovery time and leave a much more visible scar on your scalp as the technique requires a part of your skin tissue to be stripped.
🍀 In this case, we suggest our patients Sapphire FUE, or even better, a DHI surgery, as it is the perfect technique for patients who want to increase density and do not want their heads shaved at the recipient site.
👉 So, just with the last two ways of hiding your transplant alone, it is clear that you need the right clinic to benefit from them all.
And with UnitedCare’s free consultation, you can schedule the right time and technique:
Schedule your FUE surgery now 🩺
At UnitedCare, we begin your hair transplant process by offering you a free one-on-one consultation with our expert doctors to find the best-suited option together.
Our holistic approach provides you with a mix of advanced technologies and bio-enhancements to ensure you do not need another surgery.
After you have decided on a method, we begin the treatment with the utmost attention. But most importantly, we stay in contact with our patients even long after the surgery, ensuring that your transplant becomes permanent.
Affordable hair transplant costs, a holistic approach, and experienced dermatologists on-site are here to provide you with the right solution.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do hair transplants look weird?
No. A well-operated hair transplant surgery supervised by an expert dermatologist ensures that your transplanted hair perfectly aligns with your existing hair. After 6 to 12 months of post-transplant recovery, your new hair will blend in and create a better look.
Are hair transplants noticeable?
In the first weeks of recovery, there will be some traces of your hair transplant surgery, such as redness on your scalp. However, after the initial part of your recovery process passes, your transplanted hair will grow just like your existing hair does without ever being noticed.
Can I wear a hat after my hair transplant?
Wearing a hat after a transplant to cover your surgery signs is a common but risky option. If you are considering using a hat after your hair transplant, consult with your doctor beforehand, get their opinion on it, and if they permit, wear the medically loose hat they suggest instead of an ordinary one.