One of the most common questions we get asked by our readers is when they can sleep on their sides after hair transplant surgery.It’s an important question, too, because you want to make sure that your new hairline looks good and that it doesn’t move around too much as you sleep.
So let’s answer the question: when can you sleep on your side after hair transplant surgery?
The answer is pretty straightforward: You can sleep on your side as soon as you feel comfortable doing so.
When can I sleep on my side after hair transplant?
Hair transplants can be done in a variety of ways, including strip, follicular unit and FUE. Regardless of the method used, you will need to take some precautions to ensure your new hair grows into its new home without any issues.
The answer to this question is: It depends on the type of procedure that was performed. If you have had a strip surgery and are experiencing any swelling or tenderness, then it is best to avoid sleeping on your side until this subsides. This typically takes 3-5 days after the procedure has been performed.
If you had an FUE procedure done then there are no restrictions as long as there are no open wounds present at the donor site(s).
You can sleep on your side as soon as you want to. However, it is not advisable to sleep on the operated side for at least one week after your surgery.It is important to take care of your head while sleeping, so that you do not hurt your hair grafts.
Here are some tips:
- Don’t sleep on the operated side if possible;
- If it is not possible, make sure that you have enough pillows under your head so that the weight of your head is distributed evenly;
- Try to sleep with a cotton pillowcase instead of a synthetic one; and
- If you have any questions or concerns about sleeping positions after hair transplant, please call us at 773-517-7775 anytime during our business hours (9am – 6pm Monday through Saturday).
Why is lying on your side not allowed for the first couple of days after a hair transplant?
There are a few reasons why you cannot sleep on your side after a hair transplant:
- The first reason is that when you lie on your side, gravity will pull the grafts down and make them fall out of their pocket. This can be very problematic because it will make the transplanted area look very unnatural and unnatural looking areas are not good for marketing purposes.
- The second reason is that when you lie on your side, gravity causes additional stress on the grafts and this causes trauma to the grafts. This would make them weaker than they already are because they were already weakened by surgery and this would cause them to fall out quicker than if you did not lie on your side after surgery.
- The third reason is that when you sleep on your side for too long, fluid builds up around the grafts and this does not allow them to breathe properly which makes them weaker than normal and also makes them more susceptible to infection in case there was any bacteria present in the area before surgery started.
Does sleeping on your side affect hair growth?
Sleeping on your side is the most common position for all people. The pressure and tension that sleeping in this position puts on the scalp may cause premature balding, hair loss or male pattern baldness.
There is no clear answer to this question but there are some factors that may affect the growth of hair while sleeping on one side.
The growth cycle of a human being has three phases: anagen (growth phase), catagen (transitional phase) and telogen (resting phase). The anagen phase lasts for two to six years, while the catagen and telogen phases last for about one month each. During sleep, there is a minimal amount of activity in the body, including in the scalp area where new hair is growing from follicles.
During sleep, many people move from one side to another. This movement causes pressure on different parts of the scalp which can lead to premature balding if it continues over a long period of time.
How long do I have to sleep on my back after a hair transplant?
This is a common question we get from our patients, and the answer can be tricky. It depends on how you feel and how your body is recovering. Everyone heals at their own pace and some people are very active in the early stages of recovery while others prefer to take it easy for a week or two.
The most important thing is to make sure you are not putting on any pressure when sleeping on your side. This means no pillows or blankets in the first few weeks. You will find that after a couple of weeks, you may be able to sleep on your side without any problem at all.