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The Hair Transplant Doldrums - Dealing with Post-Operative Anxiety

9/26/2017 11:57:06 PM

The decision to address thinning hair or baldness through surgical hair restoration can be a difficult one to make. Hair transplant surgery requires a substantial investment in both time and money. Once the surgery is over, patients sometimes find that waiting for the results can be stressful. It takes months for new hair growth to first appear and at least a full year for the final results. This period of time when patients are healing, waiting for new hair growth and generally not looking or feeling their best has come to be known as the "doldrums". They may worry that their hair transplant will fail or that their results will not meet their expectations or even second guess the decision to undergo surgery. If you’re feeling this way, don’t worry. It’s perfectly normal.

The best way to avoid this pitfall is to be prepared. Your hair transplant surgeon should provide you with pre and post-operative care instructions and inform you about what to expect during the healing and maturation period. It’s important to follow these instructions to the letter and be aware of important hair growth milestones. If you are not supplied with this information, be sure to ask for it.  

Another way to avoid post-op anxiety is by seeking the support of others who have already walked this path or are simply knowledgeable about hair transplants. You can find the comradery you need at online hair loss communities like the Hair Restoration Forum and Social Network. Here you can share your experience, ask questions and bond with other hair loss sufferers who understand what you’re going through and provide encouragement to get you through the post-op doldrums.

Ultimately, it’s important to be informed and stay positive during the healing and maturation phase of hair transplant surgery. If you’re feeling stressed, hang in there. If you chose a quality surgeon and followed the post-operative care instructions carefully, great things are on the horizon.

Happy Growing!

Forum Co-Moderator and Editorial Assistant for the Hair Restoration Forum and Social Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.