Is It Ok To Exercise After Hair Transplant?
Hair transplant surgery is a minor medical procedure but still, it can have certain side effects and complications if you do not follow your doctor’s instructions for the recovery period. You may like to go back to your normal daily activities as soon as possible however you should just wait for the right to fully enjoy life as before. So post-operative care is what you need to do to prevent complications and to help your newly transplanted hair follicles hold onto the scalp. Exercise after hair transplant, whether it is FUE or FUE, should be limited for a while.
Exercise can cause fatigue and sweat, which will adversely affect your scalp in the recovery period. Plus, it will cause your blood pressure to increase to a point that the newly transplanted hair follicles are damaged. So it is best to avoid all kinds of heavy exercises if you would get the best results from the surgery with no side effects or complications that may affect the healing and strength of your hair. Your doctor will probably ask you to avoid exercises such as running, sex ( a kind of exercise as it has the same effects on the body ), fitness, and game sports after the hair transplant procedure. That being said, you can walk and do yoga after the first few days of the surgery as they do not pose the same risks as heavy exercises. However, you should take your doctor’s advice about what to do and what not to do during the whole recovery period.
When Can You Exercise After Hair Transplant?
It is most important that you should avoid any kind of exercise for the first few days after a hair transplant procedure. The first 3 or 4 days are the period your hair follicles are most sensitive as they are newly implanted into the recipient area. So you should be very careful about how you treat your hair and scalp for the first few days otherwise you may damage the sensitive hair follicles.
It is ok to start mild exercises such as walking and yoga once it is 3 days after the procedure. Walking or other mild exercises will not cause you to sweat or get tired to the point that you are out of energy. But it is still too early to do heavy exercises because you still need to be very careful about how you protect your head from a dangerous situation. However, you may need to skip light exercises too if they cause you to sweat or you feel edema on your head. Once it’s been 2 weeks following the surgery, you can do cardio if your doctor says yes. But it is all about how you feel and how far you have gone into recovery. It’s only after one month you can do heavy exercises. But still, your doctor should examine you and your scalp and allow you to switch to your normal daily routine before you go back to doing heavy exercises. Every patient is unique and the scope and duration of a recovery period will vary accordingly.
Why Can’t I Exercise After Hair Transplant?
Your doctor recommends that you avoid exercise in the recovery period after a hair transplant surgery simply because hair grafts can get an infection and skipping exercise for a while helps healthy hair growth. To sum up, here are the risks of exercising after a hair transplant procedure:
- You sweat during exercise, which may increase the risk of infections around the surgical sites.
- Sweating also causes you to feel itchy on your scalp If you cannot resist the urge to rub your hair you may hurt the sensitive hair grafts.
- If you had FUT hair transplant, which needs a cut on your scalp, the stitches may tear because of the stretch during exercise.
- Exercise can also raise your blood pressure, which may cause bleeding because there will be increased blood flow to the surgical sites.