Doing Sports After a Hair Transplant

When to exercise safely after a hair transplant?

If you are looking into a hair transplant procedure but regular fitness fanatic, then there are some important factors that you need to know regarding your hair transplant aftercare & recovery journey. In this guide, we will be discussing exercising after a hair transplant to help you make more informed decisions after your procedure, helping you to achieve the best result from your hair transplant. We as Dr Olcay Saygin hair transplant clinic will give you a personalized plan even for your post operation cares, we will inform you about the instructions that you may need for after a hair transplant operation. For example, after a hair transplant procedure for some people that would be really important to continue physical activities as soon as possible, the fact is the patients must avoid heavy physical activities at least for two weeks. You can exercise after 2 weeks have passed following an FUE hair transplant. In the first 2 weeks you should avoid sweating or straining- as both often occur during exercise, it is important to avoid this activity. Patients who are looking to play contact sports or swimming must avoid these for 4 weeks following their hair transplant.

Can I exercise after a hair transplant?

if exercising is a part of your daily routine, then it may be difficult for you to keep resting for at least two weeks after your hair transplant procedure. But it’s a must cause the implanted grafts will be in danger if you perform a heavy physical activity. You should be keeping your exercises to a minimum range for the first 14 days after the hair transplant surgery. You may be surprised to know that your usual exercise routine can often resume two weeks post-surgery. After one week of having your hair transplant, you can start taking small steps to reintroduce light exercise, which doesn’t make you sweat, back into your daily routine.

Risk of exercising after a hair transplant operation.

after your hair transplant surgery, you want to do anything to promote your healthy hair growth and reduce your risk of infections or any kind of damages.  It is important to note that exercise can have a damaging effect on your recovery as it can cause a few issues such as sweating, dislodging hair grafts, and straining. We will suggest you to get rest at least 3 days after your hair transplant operation and by rest we mean completely resting in your bed.

Don’t do anything that can cause excessive sweating.

Exercise can cause excessive sweating, but so can going into a sauna or staying outdoors on an extremely hot day. You should avoid excessive sweating, as this can lead to infection in your hair transplant site. If it is very hot in your area, stay inside as much as possible for the first month following your transplant.

You should also avoid any physical activity that can cause you to sweat, especially profusely. Talk to your doctor if your profession involves physical activity, especially if you sweat during it. You may need to take even more time off of work or have special provisions made for you as you recover from your transplant.

When we exercise, more often than not, we sweat. Sweating can cause huge risks in the recovery of your hair transplant procedure. Sweating can cause irritation to your scalp at a time where it is very sensitive after your procedure, which we will delve further into later. To avoid sweating excessively, it is advised that you stay away from exercise and also try to avoid sitting in the sun for 2 weeks after your hair transplant procedure.


Dislodging hair grafts after hair transplant operation.

The first 5 days after your procedure are the most crucial as you can dislodge hair grafts easily as they heal from tugging or pulling the grafts. Exercise increases your chances of this happening with movement. It is best you stay away from heavy exercise in the first 14 days to avoid this happening as it can also be irritating to the scalp.

When can I exercise after a hair transplant?

Patients can exercise 7-14 days after their hair transplant. After 7 days patients can perform light exercises which don’t make them sweat, e.g. Walking, light cycle ride. After 14 days patients can perform heavy exercise that makes them strain and sweat e.g. Weightlifting. Patients who swim or play contact sports like Rugby, Football, Boxing will need to wait 1 month before restarting them.

We as Dr Olcay Saygin hair transplant clinic will track your progress after your hair transplant operation in our clinic and we will request some photos from your hair condition after you hair transplant operation in order to pay attention to them in detail. Our medical advisors will be always in touch with our patients 24/7 so if you face any problem all you need is to talk to your medical advisor.

In order for you to fully understand when you can resume your normal exercise routine, you should gain some knowledge of the recovery process. Although all patients will receive a detailed guide on what to do and what not to do after their procedure, we have outlined a basic timescale for you to look at. We have helped you identify some of the most suitable exercises for you to do during the recovery process if you feel like you need it.


Exercise after 1 week following a hair transplant

As previously mentioned, the first 5 days are crucial from a recovery perspective. During this time, it is advised that you partake in no forms of exercise, and if you can, it is advised that you book off time with work so that you can relax and recover. Take a read of our resource discussing when you can go back to work after a hair transplant procedure.

After the end of the first week, you can start to take up fewer light forms of exercise like walking and yoga. It is important to note that sweating is still deleterious to your recovery, so you want to make sure that you are not walking at a fast pace. You should definitely avoid anything that involves increased cardio, like jogging. It is normal for your scalp to swell during the recovery process, and after the first week, if you notice that your swelling is increasing, then you should reduce the amount of exercise you do and contact your hair transplant medical advisor. Take each day as it comes, and don’t overdo it.

It’s also important to note that during this week you will also start to wash your hair transplant which aids your recovery. For more information, take a look at our resource on washing your hair after a hair transplant.

exercise after 2 weeks following a hair transplant

The initial recovery phase of a hair transplant can typically take up to 2 weeks. After two weeks, you can usually resume your normal exercise routine. However, it is important to note that everyone’s case is different. If you are still experiencing sensitivity and redness of the scalp, then you should consult with your hair transplant surgeon, who will be able to advise you on what forms of exercise you can do moving forward.

For those looking to restart swimming or contact sports, they will need to 4 weeks before resuming those activities.


We as Dr Olcay Saygin Zen hair transplant clinic providing our hair transplant operations under the leadership of Doctor Olcay Saygin who has more than 15 years of experience in field of any kind of Hair transplantations techniques such as Mega Fue hair transplant, Nano Fue hair transplant, Sapphire Fue, Micro Fue hair transplant and DHI hair transplant technique with choi pens.
Dr Olcay Saygin will evaluate your hair condition with a personal analyse or just a video consultation for those who are not available to have face to face consultation or having some clear pictures from your hair conditions. After the consultation we will share a personalized medical report for free which you can see every detail you need before planning to book your appointment.
you are already welcomed to Dr Olcay Saygin hair transplant clinic. You can contact us to achieve the look of your dream with the finest Hair transplant services in Istanbul, Turkey.

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