Day 9: Vitamins & Keratene

When you’ve invested so heavily in a hair transplant, you soon wonder whether there’s any value in helping hair growth along in the form of dietary supplements. I asked this question during my consultation, and was recommended Vitamin B Complex, Biotin and MSM. I raided my nearest Holland & Barrett and found the following. ImageThe Biotin is a 2000% RDA formula, and the Vitamin B Complex is high dose too. I also added ‘Perfectil’ which contains zinc and selenium, as well as other nutrients to maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. I’m not sure if any of this will make any difference, but I figure it’s worth a shot.

I’d also run out of aloe vera, so was happy to see it is widely available in pure form. Mine also contains a little Tea Tree oil, which acts as a natural antiseptic. Not really necessary at this stage but can’t harm. I was also given Keratene Serum and Keratene Shampoo from my clinic, which have been developed specifically for FUE/FUT patients. The serum hydrates the recipient and donor area to aid healing, and the shampoo is a biological hypoallergenic formula, for dermatological care of the scalp.Image

Day 5: Shampoo & Aloe Vera

On day 5 I was advised by my clinic to start using shampoo and aloe vera to clean my scalp. It’s important to use a gentle baby shampoo, as usual shampoo would probably be too harsh.

As you can see, I stocked up on cotton buds, pads, balls and pleats, but I find the cotton buds and pads most useful.

My personal technique is to dab a small amount of baby shampoo between two cotton pads, and then gently pat the surface of the skin, while being very careful not to press too firmly or rub, especially with regard to the recipient area. I then use a spray bottle containing tepid water to rinse it off.

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After this, you can then use aloe vera to help the healing process. Using the syringe I squirt it between two pads and gently dab it onto both the recipient and donor area.

This process must be repeated morning and night until day 14, however at day 7 you may then start to rub the areas rather than just padding softly.

Tomorrow’s topic is swelling!