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What is the down time after a FUE Hair Transplant?

People seeking a hair transplant often fear a slow recovery process. Many of them don’t even get a hair transplant thinking that the recovery might take months to years.


Hair transplant is categorized into different types.

FUT(follicular Unit Transplantation ie strip method which leaves a linear scar on the back of head)

FUE (follicular unit excision) which is more popular.

If you plan to have an FUE treatment, but don’t know the length of the recovery period, then we will get all your queries solved regarding it in this article.


But before getting onto the recovery part, let’s have a brief introduction to FUE treatment.

FUE (Follicular Unit Excision)

FUE is a type of hair transplant recommended to people with mild to moderate hair loss, such as to patients of Norwood stage 4 or 5. People with higher degree of hair loss, can also have FUE procedure but they might need more than one session also need hairs to be harvested from the body i.e beard or chest.

It involves getting hair follicles from the donor area (mostly the back and sides of the head) and then transplanting it on the area of hair loss, one by one. It is quite a slow process and takes the utter attention of the surgeon. It can take 6 to 12 hours for the whole process depending on the numbers of grafts/hair to be transplanted. FUE can also done with the help of robots.   


The process is super-advantageous and leaves very minimum, hard to detect scarring, especially if done by experienced Hair Transplant Surgeon. The key is to harvest evenly from the donor area and not to over harvest. It leaves very small, rounded scars on the back and sides of head which can be easily covered by keeping long hair.

Recovery Period

The following are the likely side effects after a Hair Transplant, and we provide online and written post operation instructions to our patients to help with smooth recovery.


Swelling of the donor area usually fully resolves within 3-5 days.

Swelling of the transplant area can take 5-7 days.

If the treatment is successful and by following the post operation instructions then the swelling of the transplated area can sometimes fully gets resolved within 5 days.

Follow the below-mentioned steps for efficient healing from this swelling period.

  • Don’t wash the treated and donor area for the first 3 days
  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • An anti-swelling drug is usually prescribed after FUE.
  • Sleep on your back for two days with about 45degree angle, which can be done by keeping 2-3 pillows under your shoulder/head for the first 4 nights and using the travel neck pillow.
  • Don’t touch the area intentionally for first 5-7 days.


However, the professionals claim FUE to be an easy and not much painful process, yet minor pain sensations can be felt after the procedure. It usually lasts about a few days. Patients can feel tightness and sometimes soreness of the donor and transplanted area which can easily be managed by taking Paracetamol or by spraying the hair spray provided to you by our Surgeon to use post operatively to expedite the healing process as it contains Normal Saline mixed with ATP solution

Healing of the Treated Area

Within a week or two, the treated area recovers completely. In majority of cases, within 3-4 weeks, most of the area is fully recovered and it’s hard to notice that you even had a hair transplant.

Get FUE Hair Transplant by only a Doctor/Surgeon and not a technician

It is evident that getting a FUE surgery by a qualified and experienced Hair Transplant Surgeon is hugely recommended to avoid unnecessary complications and a well experienced Surgeon will be able to help and manage any complication much better and in a more professional way than other clinics where surgery is either carried out by technicians or less experienced doctors. If you seek professional FUE services, then visit us today.


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