When Can You Return To Work After NeoGraft® Hair Transplant?

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


If you have thinning hair, particularly at a younger age than expected, you are certainly not alone. For millions of men and women, hair loss is a major source of frustration and embarrassment. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi and the caring team at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA understand the sensitive and personal nature of thinning hair and are committed to helping men and women achieve gorgeous, natural-looking, long-lasting results with advanced hair restoration using the groundbreaking NeoGraft technology. Learn more about FUE hair transplant here, including how long recovery may take and when you’ll be able to return to work after your procedure.

What causes thinning hair?

In the majority of cases, thinning hair, early hair loss, and baldness are caused by genetic and hereditary factors. It is important to understand that hair loss is not a disease and is typically related to a natural change in hormone levels that occurs with age. Depending on the cause of your hair loss, you may be a candidate for hair restoration surgery.

How does a hair transplant work?

Patients hoping for a more effective, reliable, and long-lasting alternative to over-the-counter hair loss remedies may be excited to learn about surgical hair restoration. For men and women who undergo hair transplant surgery in Newport Beach, CA, Dr. Kelishadi utilizes the revolutionary NeoGraft follicular unit extraction (FUE) system. This method of hair restoration obviates the need for incisions and sutures associated with the traditional strip method. Additional benefits of FUE vs. FUT and other hair transplant methods include:

  • No incisions
  • No sutures
  • No scarring
  • Natural-looking results
  • Quicker recovery
  • Less post-procedure pain

During the procedure itself, which can take anywhere from 3 – 8 hours, patients will relax in one of our private, state-of-the-art treatment rooms. Local anesthesia is administered to relieve any discomfort associated with the procedure, and patients can watch their preferred TV shows or movies, read a book, or even take a nap! Using the NeoGraft system, Dr. Kelishadi meticulously extracts individual hair follicles from an area of dense growth on the patient’s scalp. Once the follicles have been prepared, Dr. Kelishadi precisely implants groups of 1, 2, 3, or 4 into areas of thinning hair or hair loss to create more fullness and restore a natural-looking hairline.

How long is recovery after FUE hair transplant?

Because there are no incisions or sutures and minimal postoperative discomfort, many patients are able to return to their normal routines almost immediately after FUE hair restoration. Strenuous physical activity should be restricted for 1 – 2 weeks, and patients should take extra care while showering, styling their hair, or otherwise manipulating the new hair follicles. In the first week, the extraction sites will begin to scab over, and patients will notice their newly transferred hair starting to fall out over the next 2 – 3 weeks. This can be frightening, but rest assured that shedding is a normal, expected, and necessary part of hair transplant recovery. Around months 3 – 4, new growth will begin and continue to increase over time. On average, patients can expect to see the full results of NeoGraft hair restoration around 12 – 18 months after their procedure.

How long do I need to take off work for hair transplant surgery?

Many patients are able to return to work as soon as one day after FUE hair transplant, particularly if they are comfortable wearing a hat or other head covering to conceal their work. For patients who prefer to wait until their extraction sites have fully healed and the scabs have flaked off, it may be more appropriate to wait about one week before returning to work. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kelishadi will determine how many follicles you’ll need extracted and give you a better idea of what to expect after your procedure, including when you’ll likely be able to return to work and your other favorite activities.

Regain your confidence and youthful look with FUE hair restoration in Newport Beach, CA

If you’re tired of wearing wigs and hats or simply want to feel more confident about your appearance, FUE hair transplant with NeoGraft can help. To join the many men and women who have transformed their lives with hair restoration in Newport Beach, call SSK Plastic Surgery to schedule your one-on-one consultation or virtual appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon and NeoGraft expert Dr. Sean Kelishadi today!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.