Saw Palmetto Clinically Shown to Help Hair Thinning

Saw palmetto for hair loss

Finding safe and natural solutions for keeping your hair healthy is a top priority here at Nutrafol. That’s why we’re excited that researchers have shown the herb saw palmetto, also known as serenoa repens, utilizes the same pathway as Propecia, an FDA approved treatment for hair loss.

Propecia vs. Saw Palmetto

The drug known as Propecia (generic name finasteride) is a fairly common treatment for male hair loss but some doctors and patients want to steer clear of this medication because of its potentially scary side effects. For men and women seeking more natural solutions, herbal supplements provide a far less risky way to maintain a head of healthy hair.

When a study showed that saw palmetto actually can help hair growth, we wanted to make sure you knew about it.

Researchers compared the efficacy of saw palmetto to Propecia in this two-year study of 100 men with hereditary male pattern hair loss. The results? While 68% of participants using Propecia showed an increase in hair growth, confirming its efficacy, 38% of participants in the group using saw palmetto alone also experienced hair growth. So while saw palmetto wasn’t as effective as the chemical drug, it was proven to work—and without the negative side effects.

Another important finding from the study was that while 38% of the saw palmetto group experienced hair growth, another 52% of the saw palmetto group experienced stabilization of loss. Slowing or stopping the progression of hair loss, in and of itself, is a desirable outcome for those fighting to preserve their hair.

Saw palmetto a natural solution for hair loss
Saw palmetto is sold in four different forms: as whole, dried berries, as a liquid extract, in tablets, and in powdered capsules.

Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss

So how does it work?

As it turns out, both the herb and the drug block the enzyme, Type II 5-alpha-reductase, from turning testosterone into DHT. As you may know, DHT is a hormone that contributes to hair-thinning by shrinking hair follicles. Smaller hair follicles means thinner hair, and nobody wants that.

Of course, taking a single herb is not a magic bullet. If only preventing hair loss were that easy! But since experts know that saw palmetto acts in a similar way to finasteride, we use the herb as part of our Synergen Complex to combat the production of DHT—one of the man culprits in male thinning. It turns out DHT not only causes hair follicles to thin over time, it can even lead to eliminating hair follicles completely. That’s why you’ve got to keep DHT levels in check.

Saw Palmetto Hair Loss Studies and Research

And rest assured, it’s not just one study that proves the power of saw palmetto. This white paper shows exactly how the herb stops the production of DHT. A small study of 10 males with androgenetic alopecia, showed a 60% improvement for those ingesting the herb. And another study, in which saw palmetto was applied topically in the form of a lotion and a shampoo for three months on 34 men and 28 women, led to a 35% increase in hair density and 67% increase in sebum reduction.

But before purchasing just any brand of serenoa repens, make sure you’re getting the real deal. Always buy from reputable companies and read the label closely to avoid unnecessary fillers. As to dosage: Several studies had participants taking 200 milligrams, twice daily, which is a good guideline to see whether saw palmetto may work for you.

Natural Remedies for Hair Regrowth – According to Science This is What Really Works

Male hair is fraught with mythology and misconception. So when it comes to hair regrowth, what is true and what is fiction? Nutrafol took a closer look at some natural remedies for your hair and would like to let you in on what really works, based on science.

Pumpkin Seed Oil

A study was conducted on the effect of pumpkin seed oil on hair loss in men. Patients received 400mg of pumpkin seed oil for 24 weeks. “Hair count increases of 40 percent were observed in treated men at 24 weeks, whereas increases of 10 percent were observed in placebo-treated men,” the study stated. The researcher came to the conclusion that pumpkin seed oil reduces levels of 5-alpha reductase, which is an enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the main cause of androgenetic alopecia.

Saw Palmetto

On the subject of DHT, herbal extract saw palmetto has been shown to reduce levels by around 38 percent. And a recent study published in 2017 compared the effects of saw palmetto and finasteride (more well known under the name of Propecia). It showed that saw palmetto had a positive impact on hair growth as it contains components that prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT. DHT is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that contributes to hair thinning by shrinking hair follicles.

A Diet Low in Fast Digesting Carbs and Low in Sugar

Fast digesting carbs lead to an increase in blood sugar. This causes your body to release insulin. If you have a high level of insulin, you would most likely have low levels of globulin. Globulin, or SHBG is what binds to DHT and renders it ineffective. So basically, sugar equals more insulin equals less SHBG equals more DHT equals more hair loss.

Biotin

Biotin is crucial for the formation of keratin which is the key component of hair and nails. Deficiency is rare but if you have a deficiency it is important to up your biotin intake. It has been shown to improve blood sugar regulation, which may have a positive effect on hair loss.

Scalp massage

In this small trial, standardized scalp massages were administered 4 minutes a day for 24 weeks. Researchers observed an increase in hair thickness as well as an increase in the expression of hair cycle related genes. They also saw a decrease in a gene associated with hair loss.

Scalp massage is great to prevent hair loss and increase hair thickness
Scalp massage is a natural remedy that increases hair thickness.

Derma Roller Microneedling

A derma roller may be one of the effective natural hair loss treatments – especially when it comes to hair regrowth. If you don’t know what it is, a derma roller basically looks like a small paint roller but with a surface full of little needles. You use it by rolling it over your skin, or areas of hair loss on your scalp.
This 2013 study demonstrated that derma roller microneedling is far more effective for hair regrowth than minoxidil alone. After 12 weeks, subjects treated with a derma roller saw dramatic regrowth. In addition, when you roll over the part where the skin is damaged, growth factors and stem cells rush to the site of the trauma. So this does not only repair the damage but can awaken dormant hair follicles.

A Plant Based Supplement Like Nutrafol

Nutrafol has identified plants with powerful therapeutic effects. It is known for using botanical ingredients that help address triggers like stress levels and free radicals that interrupt optimal hair growth. The supplement increases the production of signaling molecules thanks to the phytonutrients. In addition, these are the molecules that normally stimulate the follicles to enter into the growth phase of the hair cycle.

If you are curious about using natural remedies for hair loss then maybe this will help you understand more about their effectiveness based on science. The trick is finding the right one that works for you and your hair.

The Best Ways to Increase Your Hair Growth the Natural Way

How to grow long hair

We have all heard about them – endless natural methods that can help you improve your hair quality and aid healthy hair growth. Yes, there are plenty of home remedies that people use to try to regrow their hair, but in order to pick a remedy that actually works, it pays off to read up on the the right research supporting such methods. So what works and what doesn’t? Among so many remedies and treatments, it can be hard to determine what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to hair growth. This is what we know so far.

Consider This For Natural Hair Growth

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Washing your hair often will not cause hair loss.
  • Stress

    Stress is not doing your body nor your hair a favor. When you are shocking your body and putting it through physical or emotional trauma, it also shocks the hair follicles which can stop them from growing. Studies have attempted to show a correlation between stress and hair loss. One study focused on a chemical mixture that blocks the effects of stress on the gut. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, used mice that were genetically altered to produce more stress hormones. As a side effect of being more stressed, the mice had gone bald.

  • Hair Care

    There is some confusion about whether hair care contributes to hair loss or not. For example, washing your hair often will not cause hair loss, but you should not over-use heat tools as they can damage, burn or dry out your hair. However, if this happens, the hair will grow back. Hair dye is another cause that is wildly discussed. Most hair-coloring treatments contain chemicals that can damage your hair and make it fall out, leaving you with temporary hair loss. Some hairstyles, such as tight plaits or ponytails can cause hair loss because of the tension it creates on the hair. However, hair care products such as gel and hairspray, do not cause hair loss.

  • Scalp Massage

    A study conducted in Japan showed that scalp massage could increase hair thickness. The men involved in the study had regular massages over a 24-week period. After the trial, researchers could conclude that, while hair growth rate did not improve, thickness improved significantly. Researchers believe this has to do with the increased blood flow and direct stimulation of the cells.

This is what causes thinning hair – and how you can avoid it

At Nutrafol we have already written about some habits that can lead to thinning hair here and also here. So these are a few more to keep in mind.

Thinning hair might become an issue if…

  • …you are exposing it to too much sun

    Even if autumn is upon us, you might keep this in mind when flying off to that exotic island for the holidays. Because even if you have given up tanning, chances are your hair is still exposed to UV rays. UV rays eat away the strength and elasticity of your hair. Or as Dr Alan Bauman, a hair loss physician with many years experience, puts it:
    “Prolonged UV exposure causes the layers of the cuticle to weaken and break, resulting in brittle hair that can lead to hair loss.”

But you can avoid this by…

…wearing a hat! Tuck your ponytail underneath the hat and you do not have to worry about damaging your hair when out in the sun. If you are worried about hat hair, you can instead use a leave-in conditioner with built-in sunscreen.

Thinning hair might become an issue if…

  • …you are not washing it often enough

    Now that dry shampoo has become a common staple in bathrooms, it is easier to just skip a few days between washing your hair. It is indeed very convenient but not so good for your hair. You see, when you are not washing your hair during a couple of days, buildups happen – buildups of products or excessive dandruff on the scalp. And these two things are clogging the hair follicles. And if it continues for a long time, it can get very difficult for the hair to grow.

But you can avoid this by…

…simply washing it more often and not letting so many days pass between your washes. There is nothing wrong with skipping shampoo for a day. But do not make it a habit as dirt and oil on the scalp can clog pores. Try to wash it every two days, especially if you are sweating or using lots of products. But since shampoo dries your hair out, try to use a sulfate-free one if you are washing it often.

Thinning hair might become an issue if…

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Wash you hair more often since dirt and oil on the scalp can clog the pores and can therefore be a reason for thinning hair.
  • …you are taking certain medications

    Certain medications (like statins, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety agents, anti-hypertensive medications) or hormones (like thyroid replacement drugs) can cause hair loss. “These can disrupt or interfere with the normal cycle of hair growth, which can cause hair to go into a resting phase and fall out prematurely”, says Dr Bauman.

But you can avoid this by…

…asking your doctor for advice. Make sure to ask your doctor if there are treatments available that don’t include hair loss as a side effect. If you want to do something to help your hair from damage already caused by a medication, consider adding a supplement to your diet. Your physician may even advise you to do so! Nutrafol has many nutraceutical ingredients that have been shown to strengthen and nourish thinning hair from within, leaving it healthy and strong.

Thinning hair? According to Experts, These Are the Habits that May Cause It

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Can your hair habits contribute to thinning hair? Nutrafol had a chat with 3 hair experts to find out which habits to stay away from.

Thinning Hair Can Become a Problem: If You are Wearing Tight Hairstyles

“If a tight ponytail or braid is your go-to, beware: Sporting these styles puts excessive tension on the hair follicles, damaging them and creating scars that can destroy them permanently”, says Dr. Doris Day.
Dr. Day is a New York City-based dermatologist, specializing in hair health, and she often stumbles upon questions like this. “Tight hairstyles can lead to traction alopecia, a condition that permanently weakens the follicles and makes it impossible for hair to grow”, she continues.

But You Can Avoid This By…

…loosening up, loosening down and trying one of many protective hairstyles instead! When the chance is given, wear your hair down. During the night, always keep it down as all that rolling around might create even more friction. And if you decide to tie it, keep it soft. Remember – if a ponytail is pulling on your skin, it is way too tight.

Thinning Hair Can Become a Problem: If You are Using Long-Lasting Hold Styling Products

Take it as a warning sign if your hairspray or gel has captions such as “all-day-mega-super-hold”. You might think they are doing you a favor, keeping your locks in place, but they are actually making it harder for you to hold on to them. “Products like these are usually high in alcohol, which makes hair dry and brittle”, says Dr. Paradi Mirmirani, a dermatologist at the Permanente Medical Group and a member of the North American Hair Research Society. “Once you comb or brush your hair, that residue causes the hair to break and fall out”, she continues.

Thinning hair
Can you hair habits contribute to thinning hair?

But You Can Avoid This By…

…not investing in products that make hair stiff or sticky. Invest in softer-hold solutions, like styling creams that keep your hair’s moisture intact and do not create friction when brushing. If you already feel like your hair has lost its moisture, investing in a supplement containing hydrolyzed marine collagen might be a solution. This kind of collagen is rebuilding the structural integrity of the hair follicle environment and is improving the hair’s moisture.

Thinning Hair Can Become a Problem: If You are Taking Oral Birth Control Pills

If you are one of the women who are sensitive to hair shedding due to hormonal changes, then the wrong oral birth control can weaken your hair and lead to thinning hair. “A pill that contains androgens can cause hair loss for someone who’s ‘androgen sensitive’ and doesn’t know it”, says Dr. Alan Bauman, a Boca Raton-based hair transplant surgeon and physician that has been specializing in hair loss for many years.

But You Can Avoid This By…

…. switching birth control pills. Try some low-androgen index birth control pills like norgestimate, norethindrone, desogestrel or ethynodiol diacetate. If you do not know whether you have an androgen sensitivity or not, a hair restoration physician can perform a quick cheek-swab genetic test.

Thinning Hair Can Become a Problem: If You are Scratching Your Head

The hair transplant surgeon, Dr. Bauman, shares his thoughts on this too. “Itchy scalp, like that caused by seborrheic dermatitis, may result in hair loss due to scratching-induced hair damage. Once the cuticle is damaged, the hair fiber is prone to breakage”, he explains.

But You Can Avoid This By…

…getting rid of the shampoo that causes you to scratch your scalp and invest in a better one. Shampoos that contains selenium, zinc pyrithione or tea tree oil is good for your scalp and tends to calm down even the itchiest scalp. If these over-the-counter products do not help, your doctor can prescribe an antifungal shampoo or cortisone foam.

Thinning hair? We Talked Some to Experts About the Habits That May Cause it

Thinning hair

Even if many people are working hard to loose a few inches around their middle, hearing the word “thin” is never desirable when it comes to your hair. But if you suffer from thinning hair, it is never too late to save your strands. The most important thing to understand is that it is never just one thing that’s causing you to lose your hair. Nutrafol reached out to 3 experts to see what they had to say about it.

“Many aspects of our lifestyle – from what we eat to how we style our hair – affect the strength of hair fibers”, says Dr. Alan Bauman.
Dr. Bauman is a Boca Raton-based hair transplant surgeon and physician and has been specializing in hair loss for many years.
“And that’s good news”, he continues. “Thicker hair is just about making a few simple tweaks to your lifestyle.”

But what habits are contributing to thinning hair?

    • 1 Steamy showers

Oh, how we love those hot, steamy showers, especially when the thermometer drops.
“But hot water dehydrates strands [just like skin], leading to dry, brittle hair that is more prone to snap and fall out”, explains Ryan Welter, MD, a Boston-based hair transplant surgeon. “Not only are you washing your hair’s protective oils down the drain, Ryan continues. The heat also throws your scalp’s pores into overdrive to keep up with oil production, which can damage the root and lead to additional shedding.”

But you can avoid this by…

…lowering the temperature a few degrees. You can still take a warm shower but try to rinse your hair with the coolest temperature possible.

Thinning hair
Some of the most common habits and hair routines may be the reason for thinning hair.
  • 2 Using hot styling tools

    Even though many of us live for our styling tools, the heat damages our hair when used too often.
    “Scorching temps damage the proteins that make up your hair and its protective cuticle. Once the cuticle is damaged, the moisture balance is disrupted and your hair is more prone to breakage”, explains Dr. Alan Bauman.

But you can avoid this by…

…using but not over-using. Make sure to limit your hot tool usage by using it only two or three times a week. Instead of the hot setting, try to switch to the coolest possible. And always apply a heat-protection spray. Heat-protection spray’s creates a thermal barrier to reduce friction, which spares your hair from damages and any future thinning.

  • 3 Unhealthy diets

    When you set your body into starvation mood, you force it to direct its energy towards essential functions. Essential functions like helping your heart and brain work instead of making hair.
    “In fact, when diagnosing anorexics, one of the top symptoms is severe hair loss”, says Dr. Paradi Mirmirani, a Vallejo, California dermatologist specializing in hair disorders.

But you can avoid this by…

…always eating a healthy diet with plenty of lean protein. Fish, chicken, lentils and beans are good dietary choices to avoid thinning hair and at the same time keep a healthy metabolism.
“Hair is primarily made of protein”, Dr. Mirmirani explains. It is the one thing that can make or break your hair if you are not getting enough. Aim for 46 grams per day (or about 25 to 30% of your total calories), to make sure you eat right. Round it off with a supplement designed to provide essential nutrients for your hair.

  • 4 Treating wet hair wrong

    Hair strands are most fragile when they are wet. They are prone to breakage when they are saturated with H2O since the protective cuticle is slightly raised. So if you are brushing your hair in the shower, stop immediately. Brushing it combined with rough towel-drying creates the perfect storm for snapping it off.

But you can avoid this by…

…brushing your hair before hitting the shower rather than when in the shower. Then blot (do not rub) the hair with a soft towel after your shower.

Dry and thin hair — why does it occur and how do you get rid of it?

Contrary from what shampoo bottles say, dry hair is not a hair type — it’s a condition and it can be treated. But the first step to recovery is finding out what’s stripping strands of their natural oils. Nutrafol had a talk with hairstylist Sylvia Vaught on what causes dry and thin hair and how you manage to take care of it when the damage is done.

What are the causes of dry and thin hair?

The weather

Summer comes with overexposure to the sun, swimming, and products with alcohol, which all dehydrate hair. And winter comes with extreme cold followed by overheated indoors, which will make your hair parched and dry.

Smoothing treatments

Too many smoothing treatments done close together can leave your locks super thirsty. These treatments work effectively to smooth out hair and make it luscious and dreamy, but if they are done too frequently, the buildup of protein on the hair causes it to become brittle, says hairstylist Sylvia Vaught, who’s also the founder of L.A.-based home blowout service Blow Me.

Hormone changes

Birth control pills, pregnancy, and menopause are all times of physiological shifts within the body that can have an adverse effect on the hair, including dryness and brittleness, Vaught continues. She recommends seeing your doctor to discuss treatment options.

Using the wrong shampoo

Not all shampoos are created equal: Vaught warns against using your man’s drying shampoo when yours runs out. You would be better off rinsing your hair a few times with just water to remove some of the oil, rather than risk the stripping effects of a shampoo that is not right for you, she says.

Brushing hair when wet

Remember that hair is most susceptible to breakage when it is wet, says Vaught. This won’t necessarily dry the hair, but it will leave the ends brittle and lead to breakage down the entire strand, and may result in dry and thin hair. So, instead of brushing wet hair, use a comb with a bit of leave-in conditioner on it.

Daily heat styling

Whether it’s the dryer or flat iron, daily heat to the hair will strip the hair of moisture. This causes quite a bit of unnecessary damage that can be avoided, says Vaught. If heat is imperative, aim to keep the temperature below 400 degrees.

Dry and thin hair
Adding some nourishing oil to your dry hair always helps. Or why not try some nourishing supplements as well?

How to fix damage that’s already been done

Go thicker in the winter

Dry and brittle hair is a common problem year round, but these dry winter months leave many searching for a magic moisturizing solution, says Vaught. A simple fix: Go heavier on the conditioner. Just as you may use a heavier face cream, your hair also needs a heavier dose of moisture.

Straighten hair when wet

Apply argan oil, or some other essential oil, onto damp hair, and run the iron over it for a quick heat conditioning treatment. You will notice a dramatic difference in just one application. Keep in mind, this should not be a regular part of your hair care regimen as frequent application of heat is not good for the hair.

…Or skip the straightener all together

If hair won’t stay completely straight, go for a different look. How about using a salt texturized to create a bit of movement instead, says Vaught.

Deep condition once a week

Mark one day on your calendar for a conditioning mask reminder. Simply wash your hair, put on a deep conditioning mask, wrap your hair in a hot towel for 30 minutes, and voila, says Vaught. Your hair will be silkier and smoother.

Use sulfate-free formulas

These formulas are most commonly recommended for those with color-treated hair because sulfates fade color. However, they also remove moisture. Make sure to wash and condition hair every time with sulfate-free formulas.

Thinning Hair in Older Women – Why Does Hair Thin with Age and What Can We Do?

thinning hair in older women

One of the chief complaints of women as they age is the appearance of their hair. Thinning hair in older women is something that many just accept as the way of life. What was once lush becomes drier, thinner, and less voluminous. There are several possible causes for hair becoming thinner as one ages, some of which can be helped.

Hormonal Changes – the Most Common Reason for Thinning Hair in Older Women

As women age, the levels of estrogen they produce begin to decline. Estrogen does several things that promote thick hair. Therefore, the loss contributes to thinner hair in several ways as well. First, estrogen lengthens the growth stage of hair. This means more follicles of hair are growing at a given time when estrogen production is at an ideal level. It also stimulates the growth of new hair, after the old hair has shed.

Estrogen plays an important role in the overall appearance of hair. It is easy to see why an imbalance could cause hair to begin to look thinner over time. There is very little that can be done to increase the natural production of estrogen once menopause has started. However, many natural and synthetic forms of estrogen can be taken to increase estrogen levels.

Thinning Hair in Older Women
Often the reason for thinning hair in older women is hormonal imbalance. Estrogen can be taken as a supplement.

Nutritional Deficiencies – Nutrients are Processed Less Efficiently

As women age their bodies begin to process nutrients less efficiently. Many vitamins and minerals are necessary for hair growth. Iron and Vitamin C are good examples of this.

Iron deficiency has been linked to hair loss in several studies. As the body ages, it can become more difficult for it to obtain the iron it needs from foods. The deficiency can then lead to thinner hair. Interestingly, a Vitamin C deficiency can contribute to the iron deficiency. This is because, without enough Vitamin C, the absorption of iron from foods such as red meat becomes more difficult.

There are a great number of nutrients that play a part in thinning hair in older women. In addition to iron and Vitamin C, getting enough magnesium, B vitamins, selenium, niacin and zinc is important. Some deficiencies can be helped with a diet change or nutritional supplements. Nutrafol is a supplement that contains Vitamin C, Selenium and Zinc – among other things.

Stress Can be a Factor with Thinning Hair in Older Women

As we age our stress levels increase. Additionally, realizing that we are aging can cause additional stress. High levels of stress over a long period leads to increased cortisol production. This can have an negative impact on hair growth and lead to hair appearing thinner.

Cortisol is a hormone created in response to all types of stress. High levels mean that the body is busy producing this one hormone. And therefore producing less of the hormones that promote healthy hair growth. By reducing stress levels, it can be possible to reduce the cortisol levels and bring the body back to balance. Some methods for stress reduction include physical activity, enough amounts of sleep, and laughter.

As we age, it is not uncommon for women to become more aware of their physical appearance and how it is changing. While many women dread the changes, some steps can be taken to keep a youthful look. Healthy hair is one of the most visible signs of our appearance. With attention to diet and supplements, it can be possible to help hair regain some of the fullness of youth.


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Did You Know the Importance of Hair Transplant Recovery?

Hair Transplant Recovery

A hair transplant procedure should be taken as seriously as any other surgical procedure, which means hair transplant recovery is an important factor. Your body will need time to recover, and you will need to be prepared for wound care once you are home. Take the time to discuss with your doctor what to expect after the procedure and what you should do to prepare.

Preparation

The most important step in hair transplant recovery and aftercare begins before the procedure. It is important that you are fully prepared for the transplant process and that your recovery space is ready before you return.

Make sure the phone numbers for the clinic and your medical provider are easily accessible on your phone, and also clearly visible for anyone who will be helping to care for you. Make sure you have enough pillows in place to comfortably sleep in a somewhat upright position for several nights following the procedure.

Rest

Rest is an essential part in hair transplant recovery. Plan to take several days off from work, and do not schedule other activities during this time. You should avoid being outside as much as possible as direct sunlight can negatively impact the transplant. Do not engage in exercise or other strenuous physical activity for at least two weeks after the procedure. Wait at least a month before resuming any contact sports activities.

It is best to avoid any activities that will result in excessive sweating. Perspiration can increase the risk of infection dramatically. This includes steamy showers and saunas.  

Hair Transplant Recovery
Pay attention to your doctor’s advice when recovering from a hair transplant. For example, don’t take vitamins or any blood thinning medicine.

Wound Care

It is important to follow all of the wound care instructions provided by your doctor after the hair transplant. This may include things like how to take medications, and what medications to avoid. For example, you should not take aspirin, vitamins, or other medications that cause the blood to thin as this could cause excess bleeding at the wound site.

If bleeding occurs, apply light pressure to the area with sterile gauze until the bleeding subsides. However, take care not to disrupt the grafts that have been placed.

Apply ice packs for about 10 minutes per hour to the incision area. However, it is important to put a barrier of sterile gauze between the incision and the ice pack to minimize the risk of infection. This should be done for three days following the procedure. It may also be necessary to apply ice packs to the scalp and face if swelling begins to occur in these areas.

Your physician will schedule follow-up appointments to check on the wound and gauge the results of the procedure. Do not miss your appointments as it is imperative to ensure the incisions are healing properly.

Grooming

It is important to leave the transplant area alone as much as possible at first. Do not wash or otherwise disturb the area for at least the first 24 hours. For the five days following, carefully wash and rinse hair according to your physician’s instructions. Styling products should be limited for the first few days, and if a blow dryer is used, the setting should be on low intensity and low heat.

Hair Transplant Recovery Check List

Your physician will have a detailed list of the best practices for you to follow after your hair transplant procedure. As each procedure is slightly different, it is important to follow the guidelines strictly. This will help to ensure the best possible results.

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