May I Wear a Hat After Hair Transplant Surgery?

Questions often asked by  patients who undergo a hair transplant procedure, “May I wear a hat after the hair transplant surgery?” and “When am I allowed to cover my head after the hair implantation surgery?”

The answer to these questions may seem simple, but in fact it depends on many factors, such as the area on the head that the hair was transplanted to, the type of hat or another cover the patient is going to use, the speed of scalp healing and the time it will take for the hair follicles to anchor in their new location. These factors can differ per patient.

The hair is shaved, the back of the head is red, the transplanted area looks strange after hair transplantation. Patients who have had a hair transplant surgery, often want to wear a hat to look as normal as possible.

Usually, the grafts are completely anchored about 10 days after the hair transplant operation. Until you are sure that the grafts are fully anchored, it is advised to avoid any type of head covering, because any form of manipulation or compression can damage the hair follicles and create empty spots on the scalp.

4 Rules to Consider After Your Hair Transplantation Turkey

Some doctors may let their patients cover their head directly after the procedure, however,  with some special conditions:

1- Only a certain type of headwear is allowed. The hat should be loose, big, and adjustable -You may see a lot of patients who did hair transplant in Istanbul, Turkey wearing a hair transplant hat which is actually a bucket hat. Other headwear, such as motorcycle helmets, should not be worn during the first 6 weeks after hair transplant.

(You could also wear a bandana instead of a bucket hat, but you should adjust it loose, certainly not tight.)

2- You should wear the hat very carefully to avoid any contact with the grafts when wearing it and when taking it off and make sure it’s as wide as possible.

3- Certain fabrics such as cotton can actually stick to the newly implanted grafts and disturb with the healing process. Because it will damage the implanted area these fabrics should be avoided as well. Even when the grafts are fully anchored, you should be aware that your skin may remain sensitive for certain fabrics for another 2 weeks.

4- Wearing headwear while walking from home to work and visa versa, should be fine, however, it is important to avoid headwear for prolonged periods of time. It should not be more than 5 hours a day.

These conditions not only apply to hats but also clothing. Be very careful when wearing and taking off clothing. Try to avoid wearing anything that has to go over your head, such as t-shirts and hoodies. It is better to stick with buttoned clothes or ones with a zipper.

It is very important to follow your doctor’s aftercare instructions if you want to ensure the optimal results from your hair transplant surgery.