Instructions For Patients – After Surgery


Please note that hair transplantation is a very predictable surgery; all post-operative events are already informed to you, so there are no surprises and hence there is no need for any anxiety.


  1. On the evening after surgery: Have light food, your usual food, Rice, Dal, Chapatti, Rasam any non-spicy food. Don’t smoke and don’t drink alcohol.
  2. Take medicines as per the prescription: All capsules to be taken after food or with a glass of milk, but not on empty stomach. Remember that a pain medicine works for a few hours only- about 4-6 hours, so you may need one more capsule at night. Do not hesitate to take one it if needed. But take it after milk/food.
  3. Be your usual self: bed rest is not needed; You may watch TV/Listen music/reading computer work is fine.
  4. Avoid exertion: Go to bed early
  5. Avoid Jerky movements of the head: Avoid pressure on the head. Avoid handling the bandage- keep your hands away from head
  6. Use soft thin pillows: You may lay on the back of the head. You may turn sideways, but do not sleep with your hand under your head.

Next day:

You need to come back for removal of bandage- you cannot remove this yourself. Time for this will be informed to you. Before coming, you can take bath for the body, but not for the head. You can have breakfast as usual. Take capsules after breakfast. When you come to the clinic, our nurse will remove the bandage and show how to clean, how to shampoo.

Always feel free to ask any doubts.

You may go to office if you feel like it, but preferably wear a cap which is not tight. You can drive. You need to massage the fore head(as explained in the clinic) 3 times a day, to prevent swelling of forehead.

Cleaning of grafts: After removal of bandage

Note that moisture is very important for grafts; So, wet the hairs both in donor and recipient (grafts) area either by spray or by wet pad; don’t be hesitant to put water; water should be clean; use mineral water or boiled cooled water; you may add a small amount of Johnson baby shampoo to the water. Do wetting as often as you can (2-6 times) for the first 4 days.

First week:

Don’t disturb the grafts by rubbing/combing. Rest of the scalp may be cleaned by baby shampoo if you wish; otherwise, water is enough.

Second week:

Mild rubbing is allowed; you may apply oil if you want. Start using minoxidil lotion twice daily. Grafts fall off at this stage-don’t panic. They will come back by 3-4 months.

Donor area:

Also needs cleaning, with spray just as grafts. After cleaning, put Tbact ointment twice daily. After one week, gently rub stitch area, so that stitch loosens gradually. After two weeks, use hexilak cream.


Walking is allowed. Neck stretching can put tension on donor suture area –hence neck-stretching exercises are to be avoided for up to three months. Swimming is allowed after 2 weeks.

In case of FUE: Exercise and swimming after 5 days.

Postoperative swelling:

This may appear in 5% of patients only, on the forehead which may come down to eyelids on day 4/5. If so, do not worry, it will disappear in 2-3 days.
Apply ice cubes as follows.
a. Take ice cubes.
b. Keep them in a piece of cloth. If you do not have ice, take wet cloth in cold water.
c. Keep the ice pack o the swollen area for 2-3 minutes for 4-5 times for 2 days.

Sutures: Sutures can be removed any time after 10 days by our nurse; this is a simple painless procedure taking about 10 minutes. For those who are from outside Bangalore, absorbable sutures are put and these will be absorbed by 2 weeks.
For FUE: Apply Tbact ointment- no other care is needed

Hair may start falling by 2 weeks. Do not panic – the roots are firmly in place. Sometimes, you may see whitish material sticking on to roots; don’t worry about it. They will start growing by 3-4 month; you will see full results in 9 months.

Apply Minoxidil lotion twice a day 1ml and take tablet Finpecia after 1 week. Minoxidil may cause some dryness/dandruff; use a conditioner called Triflow or Pantene.

Some patients may develop few boils on grafts area after 4-6 weeks. These are temporary, so don’t worry.

Some patients are too anxious to clean grafts; so they may see grafts with greenish-brown material sticking to their skin; this only needs proper cleaning. Note that after 7 days, rubbing is allowed.

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Often patients leave Bangalore after surgery and the only means of communication is by telephone or email. Feel free to contact us at any time. Our staff will contact you for a feedback after one month and after 6 months.


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About The Doctor

Dr. Venkataram Mysore was one of the first surgeons to learn this technique in the country. He is an expert in FUT and is one of the most respected Hair Transplant experts in the world. He has edited the first Indian textbook on the subject and is the first and only Indian Dermatologist to be made a fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons.

Dr. Venkat being awarded at Haircon
Oration at HairCon