The way you style your hair after a hair transplant surgery should meet your personal standards. Many men, however, refrain from combing their hair backward for fear of either damaging grafts or of showing obvious signs of having had a hair transplant procedure done. This may prompt men considering a hair transplant to wonder: can you wear your hair slicked back after a hair transplant surgery?
Hair Slicked Back After a Hair Transplant Surgery – The Reality
Longer lengths of hair that are slicked back, such as hockey hair, show off the hairline. This style can be worn after a hair transplant surgery provided the scalp has had time to heal (10-14 days after a procedure). It is also important to avoid combing hair back too roughly, as well as using products with harsh chemicals in them.
The reality for many men who want to wear their hair slicked back after a hair transplant is not if they can do so, but if they should. Basic FUE hair transplants harvest grafts from the safe donor area on the back of the head. The hairs found here are naturally thicker than the hairs found along the front hairline. Therefore, hair transplants using only grafts from the safe donor area can result in a hair, pluggy appearance.
Take the patient above, for example. In the top left-hand corner, you can see his hairline and the individual clumps of hair follicles. This harsh hairline garnered unwanted attention, so the patient consulted Dr. Umar in Los Angeles for a hairline reconstruction.
Video – Patient Wears Hair Slicked Back After a Hair Transplant
Watch the video below to see the transformation of a patient with a pluggy hairline. Prior to consulting with Dr. Umar, this patient struggled with a harsh hairline. While not immediately obvious that he had work done previously, his hairline attracted unwanted attention–so he hid it with an elaborate hairstyle. However, after a historic hair transplant using leg hair to create a softer hairline, the patient feels more comfortable showing off his hairline in a slicked-back ponytail.
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