What to Expect after your ARTAS Robotic Procedure
Immediately following your procedure
Your physician will provide you post-procedure instructions, including directions for sleeping, activity modification, sun protection of your scalp and any medications, creams or ointments you may require. Most patients experience little pain after hair transplantation. If discomfort does occur, it usually can be controlled with non-aspirin pain relievers such as acetaminophen.
The day and the week following your procedure
You may use baby shampoo or other mild shampoo on your hair the first day following your procedure using a low pressure shower head or the “Pour Cup Shampooing” technique.
The important thing when washing your hair is to be very gentle. Rinse your head with cool to lukewarm water using a low running water pressure on an adjustable showerhead. Alternatively, you may use a cup to rinse the area. Lather a dime-sized amount of mild shampoo or baby shampoo onto your palms and lightly pat the shampoo onto the grafted areas. To avoid manipulating the area, lather the surrounding hair and allow the lather foam to cover the transplanted area. This allows the suds and the water to gradually wash over the grafts. Rinse the suds either using the low pressure showerhead or a cup filled with water.
Hair Care Tips
• Do not aggressively manipulate the transplanted area with fingertips or fingernails for the first 3 days following the procedure. You may shampoo softly in a circular motion on the 4th day following surgery.
• Allow your hair to air dry. Do not blow dry, flat iron or use hair styling products the day after surgery or per your physician’s instructions. Hair combing may resume the day after surgery; however the comb should not touch the grafts themselves.
• You may resume your normal shampooing routine after 7 days, or as instructed by your physician.
• Follow your physician’s instructions regarding when you can resume use of a blow dryer, hairspray, mousse, gel, chemical hair treatments, perms, hair color, Rogaine and Propecia. Your physician will discuss the shedding of any crusts that may form.
New Hair Growth
Hair growth typically begins around the third month after your procedure. The majority of hair growth usually occurs between five and eight months following your procedure, with the remainder of growth between eight and ten months.* This is a guideline regarding hair growth and may vary by patient. There are some patients who experience all of their growth early and some patients experience growths up to one year or more after the procedure.