1 day: The procedure is considered a “mild” outpatient surgery. However, activity should be restricted during the first 24 hours after the procedure (strenuous exercise should be avoided for 14 days).
2-4 days: You will have some small scabs -about the size of a strawberry seeds- in the transplanted areas. Typically, 10% of the grafted area will have these small scabs.
4th day: the scabs will begin to shed and generally be completely gone within 10-days. You can wear a hat or use concealer to cover any pinkness or small scabs if needed. Some patients can simply cover the pinkness and scabs with the hair they still have.
For the first 14 days: After the procedure you should not do anything physically demanding such as exercising or lifting anything heavy. You may feel fine the following day after surgery and feel as if you can go about your regular routine; however, you do not want to do this. The less exertion you put yourself through, the quicker you will heal and the better your results will be.
Returning to work is up to you. Some patients will return to work the next day, but it is important not to exert yourself. Generally speaking, you may find that taking an additional day or two off from work is best for you.