Working out and staying fit has never been so popular. There's practically a gym on every corner, of every major city in the world. Hair loss affects up to 40% of men by the age of 35, so it's no surprise that surgical hair restoration and working out go hand in hand. In this article, we will be answering the frequently asked question of 'when can you return to the gym after having a procedure'.
What To Expect After A Hair Transplant
Right after the hair transplant procedure the scalp is typically red with small scabs forming around the tiny incision sites. The micro-incision sites heal quickly within 7-10 days. Patients can expect some minor discomfort, swelling and redness right after surgery. In most cases, the redness subsides after a few weeks however, it may persist in some fair-skinned individuals for several months.
When You Return To The Gym Depends On The Harvesting Technique
Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) is a minimally invasive harvesting technique that involves the surgeon/technician removing follicular units individually with use of a surgical punch. The surgical punch can vary in size from 0.7mm to 1mm in circumference. This harvesting technique has a minimal amount of down time and patients can resume their normal activities within a few weeks.
Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) is also minimally invasive however, it requires a little more down time than FUE. FUSS is performed by removing a strip of hair-bearing tissue from the back and sides of the scalp and dissecting the tissue in to follicular unit grafts. The incision site is then sutured and closed by the surgeon. This technique is more efficient than FUE, but requires more time to heal.
What Do Surgeons Have To Say?
Dr. Blake Bloxham recommended hair transplant surgeon with the Hair Transplant Network had this to say: "Every clinic has different requirements. I recommend speaking with the hair transplant clinic and following their instructions as closely as possible. For what it's worth, we allow our patients to return to full activity (both FUSS and FUE) 10-14 days after post-op without restriction. Always seems to go well."
Generally, most patients can do some light exercise 7-10 days post-op from their procedure. Around 14-21 days most patients can resume their strenuous activities. However, patients who undergo FUSS, there may be an increased risk of scar-stretching with certain activities that place a lot of pressure and tension on the neck and scalp. These activities should be avoided for several months.
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