Question #2 – How soon can I go back to work?

This question is one we get often and, fortunately, the answer is sooner than you may think. Some variable factors do need to be taken into account. Your profession is one such variable, but the typical amount of time needed away from work after a hair-transplant procedure is one to three days. Some really common hair-styling techniques can help to significantly conceal any obvious signs of having had the procedure performed. This will be reviewed thoroughly at your consultation.

It should be noted that more time away from work may be required if your work requires strenuous activity. Working out—and anything that is comparably strenuous—should be avoided for at least the first couple of weeks to ensure that your transplanted hairs take a firm hold in your scalp. If you would like more information on this subject, please contact us at 317.522.2995.

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  1. Ian says:

    That really depends on you. If you work in a place such as an office you’re golden to go back to work the next day. I work in a place where I have to operate a vehicle and have the chance to bump my head so I took a long weekend then went back to work. I just had to be careful so as not to bump my head. I was able to wear a ball cap to work to provide protection from the sun and other things.

  2. Jim says:

    This may vary from person to person so its hard to give a specific time frame. I had my procedure done on a Friday afternoon and went back to work the following Thursday. I probably could have gone back a little sooner but I had the time to take it easy.

  3. Ryan S. says:

    I took a week off work and actually went on a short vacation. My existing hair was able to cover the area where the new hair was placed so that made things a bit easier.

  4. Justin Anderson says:

    I was able to get back to work 3-5 days after I had the procedure done.

  5. John Ahalt says:

    I had the procedure on a Thursday and was back to work the following Monday. I had the robotic FUE procedure and found it very easy.

  6. Tom Bakken says:

    I had the procedure on Thursday and was back to work on Monday.

  7. Richard says:

    I was ready to go back to my daily routine the following day with mild discomfort that Tylenol was able to keep under control. The suture area was tender if pressed, but other than that, I was good to go. I recommend following post-operative instructions to the letter. I know it helped my recovery!

  8. LF says:

    Everyone is different, based on if you are keeping this private or not. I wanted to keep this very private and went back to work 1 – 2 weeks later.

  9. DM says:

    I planned my procedure a couple of days before a long holiday weekend. I was back at work the following Monday. The only restrictions was not being able to lift heavy objects right away.

  10. Ian says:

    You could be back at work the next day, to be honest. You just have to watch not to bump your head on anything so if you have a desk job you are golden. I don’t have a desk job and used a couple days PTO just to make sure I was good to go at work but that would be up to you how you’d like to handle that.

  11. J Brown says:

    I had the procedure on a Friday and was back to work the next Monday. There is some swelling that naturally occurs but it subsides within about 48 hours. Opt for the platelet rich plasma for faster healing times!

  12. craig says:

    I am a physician, and I was able to return to work after a week. I wore a hat for the first week, upon returning. I feel like I could have gone back to work after 3 days if I really wanted to.

  13. Brian says:

    A person could go back to work within a couple of days. I personally didn’t want to go back to work until I knew no one could tell I had a procedure. I do a lot of public speaking in my profession. I was back in front of an audience in 10 days and no one knew I had anything done.

  14. Greg C says:

    Im self employed and was able to take a few days before going back to work. I did wear a hat for a while in the first week or so afterward.

  15. Andy says:

    Time off for me, like most others, is a challenge. However, this wasn’t a difficult recovery. After the procedure I took a day off of work and then wore a loose-fitting hat for several days until the redness and irritation subsided. Go hat shopping before. There are some pretty cool options even for business attire.

  16. Rod says:

    Im a school administrator and I knew I had two large speaking engagements within two weeks. I took a total of three days off with a weekend. This was five total days before returning to work. I gave my first speech nine days post procedure without anyone mentioning, staring, or even giving me an occasional glance. I had pictures taken at the event and felt comfortable.

  17. Will says:

    Given the nature of my job at the time, personal training and fitness, I was restricted for about 4 days and then I was able to go back to work no problem. The only restriction that I did have was that I was not allowed to lift heavy objects for the first 2 weeks post op.

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