Signs and symptoms after a hair transplant
1st & 2nd day postoperative:   3rd day: 1st week:   2nd week: Receptor area: The scalp is clean of scabs and flakes. The only evidence, if any at all, is a slight redness. Donor area: This area is now forgotten about, without any mark and well on the way to recuperation. 2 to 8 weeks: 2 to 4 months: 4 to 8 months: Receptor area: The transplanted hair begins to grow, firstly as fine slightly twisting hair which later takes form with more normal body, volume and texture. After the 3rd or 4th month vitamins are prescribed for hair and nails to guarantee that the growing hair has all that it needs. 8 months: Receptor area: The transplanted hair continues to grow. We have now achieved approximately 80% of the definitive result. 8 to 12 months: Receptor area: The transplanted hair continues to grow in number (there is only around 10 – 15% so the change won’t be as evident as it was between months 4 and 8) and in thickness. If there was any change in texture in the new hair it tends to recover in these months. Definitive result is at one year from the date of intervention    
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Receptor area: The inflammation of the forehead, if it has occurred, begins to disappear. There is a slight tightening or “cork” feeling (a decrease in sensibility) which may last around 10 – 15 days depending on the number of units transplanted. The patient begins to wash their head with Johnson´s Baby shampoo or FLEX by Revlon (for normal hair), depending on the doctor’s instructions. The hairs feel hard, like beard hair after 4 days. It is no longer necessary to apply the saline solution (although the patient may continue its use if so desired).
Donor area: Painless. The sensation of itch begins due to the healing of the tiny wounds and the shaving of the head. Saline solution may be applied and/or a sedative can be taken to relieve the sensation. A slight discomfort may appear at the nape of the neck due to the use of local anaesthetic in the area.
Receptor area: Between the 7th and 10th day all of the scabs and flakes of skin will disappear leaving behind only a slight redness (which may last for around 20 days) as well as the newly transplanted hair. There may also be slight peeling of the skin during the next 30 days.
Donor area: The small wounds have completely healed. The hair has grown sufficiently such that it is difficult to notice there has been any kind of surgery.  
Receptor area: This is the phase in which the transplanted hairs begin to fall as they enter the telogen or rest phase (telogen effluvium) due to the shock of transplant. There may be a loss of up to 70%, higher or lower, depending on the person. When the units are implanted in between hairs, the native units may also suffer shock (shedding or shock loss) and enter a rest phase. Our occurrence of this is 5% and in such an event the native hairs are recovered in 3 -4 months. It is only a temporary complication.  
Donor area:  This area continues to recover. There are no signs of any surgery.
Receptor area: During this stage the patient is waiting expectantly. In the majority of cases the transplanted hair begins to grow between 3.5 and 4.5 months. After undergoing slight shedding or shock loss the native hair also begins to grow.
Donor area: 4th month and this area is now completely healed. The zone can even be evaluated for another intervention if so required.
Receptor area:  Apply saline solution every 1.5 hours. There may be a slight inflammation of the forehead or in between the eye brows due to the use of local anaesthetic. This will last a maximum of 3 or 4 days.
Donor area: Slight discomfort only when pressure is applied to the extraction zone. Feeling begins to return to the area and the “helmet” sensation produced on the day of the intervention from the anaesthetic disappears.
Dr. José Lorenzo - Dra. Ximena Vila
Advanced Hair Transplant Clinic PIONEERS IN SPAIN Year 2003 FUE TECHNIQUE