One common question that we get asked by our patients during the initial consultation is- when can I return to work after my hair restoration procedure? The answer to this question can vary with each patient. If you are able to wear a hat to work or you have enough existing hair to camouflage the grafts, you COULD return to work the next day. However, we generally recommend that you take 2 to 3 days off of work just because you may not feel like going back to work the next day. You just underwent a procedure that lasted anywhere from 6 to 10 hours (depending on the number of grafts transplanted) so your body may need some re-cooperation time. But I have had patients who have a very casual work atmosphere where they just sit at a desk all day, and they have went back to work the next day wearing a hat and did just great. Everyone heals differently and everyone has a different pain threshold level.
Generally people who can wear a hat to work or have enough existing hair to camouflage the grafts have their procedure done on a Thursday or Friday and return to work on Monday. If you are not able to wear a hat or camouflage the grafts with existing hair, and want your scalp to be back to it’s normal color so that it is undetectable that you had any work done, then we generally recommend being off work around 7 to 10 days (depending on your skin type).
Most people who work in the public eye or just don’t want any visible traces of having had a hair restoration procedure take a week off work after their procedure. But again, this can vary from person to person.
And now with the Ziering Medical’s incorporation of the low level light therapy sessions as part of our special post-operative healing regimen, patients are experiencing a decrease in healing time, discoloration of the scalp and swelling. And this in turn helps you to get back either to work or with your normal daily routine sooner than in days past.