Do UV Lights Cause Harm After Hair Transplant?

Do UV Lights Cause Harm After Hair Transplant?

Whether direct exposure to sunlight after hair transplant is risky is a matter of curiosity. All patients wonder about This issue, especially those who live in sunny regions, those who like to go out, and those who are planning holidays. So, are UV lights really dangerous after hair transplant? The rest of the article contains the answer to this question and the points to be considered after hair transplant.

Is the Sun Harmful After Hair Transplant Surgery?

What to do after hair transplant directly affects the success of the procedure. Although this operation is a surgical procedure, it does not resemble classical surgical procedures. Therefore, great importance should be given to the healing process. Otherwise, some transferred grafts will lose their function before producing hair.

Prohibitions after hair transplant are aimed at protecting the success of the procedure. Going out in the sun is also among these prohibitions. Direct exposure to the sun is extremely risky and harmful, especially in the first days after the operation. To fully understand the effects of sunlight during this period, the table below can be examined:



Negatively Affecting the Healing Process

Sun rays affect areas where a recent surgical procedure has been performed more than healthy areas. In particular, the effects of UV rays on the skin surface and under the skin can negatively affect the healing process and damage the grafts.

Color Changes

The scalp, which becomes sensitive due to the surgical procedure, is more affected by sunlight and unexpected color changes may occur. The relevant issue makes it difficult to meet aesthetic expectations.

Scar Formation

The sun damages the incisions during the healing process and can cause healing with more visible scars.

Premature Aging

The sun can cause premature aging of unprotected skin.

Skin Cancer

Exposing skin that has not fully healed to direct sunlight for a long time may even increase the risk of skin cancer.


As can be seen, sun exposure is extremely risky after hair transplant. Although the risks are not seen in every patient, there is no need to take such a risk. After the hair transplant, you should act following the doctor's instructions and be careful not to be directly exposed to the sun.

Transes Hair Transplant provides detailed information to its patients about what they can and should not do before and after hair transplant surgery. Thus, it ensures perfect hair transplantation results. You can contact us to regain your old appearance with hair transplantation and get information on the subject.

When to Go Sunshine After Hair Transplant?

Sun rays are considered risky after hair transplantation. Care should be taken not to go out in the sun for the first 10 days after hair transplant. In some patients, this period may be 14 days or more. Ultimately, each patient's recovery speed and the general structure of their body are different. Therefore, the main thing at this point is the doctor's instructions.

The scalp's healing process will make significant progress after the first 14 days. Even if the incisions are closed from the outside, healing continues in the layers under the skin. Therefore, after the first 14 days, you should only go out with protection and caution.

During the first month after hair transplant is completed, those who receive approval from their doctor can go out in the sun without wearing a protective hat. Care should be taken during this process to avoid exposure to the sun for long periods. Otherwise, long-term sun exposure may have negative consequences even during this period.

How to Contact with Sun Rays After Hair Transplant?

Patients should be protected from sunlight after hair transplant. However, sometimes it is necessary to go out due to difficult situations. Although the priority is not to go out and to protect from the sun, those who have had a hair transplant can go out with some precautions if necessary. The measures to be taken in this process and the details about them are as follows:

  • After the hair transplantation, a hat can be used to protect from the sun's harmful rays. A hat after the hair transplantation is one of the most effective methods for sun protection.
  • After the first 15 days, sunscreens with high protection factors can be used. Doctor's recommendations should be considered when choosing sunscreen.
  • For outdoor work, morning hours or other periods when the sun is not high should be preferred.
  • Swimming pool plans should be postponed.
  • Despite preventive measures, exposure to sunlight should be avoided for a short time.
  • The doctor's further recommendations and instructions at this point should be taken into account.

If the points here are considered, sunlight after a hair transplant will not pose a serious danger and will not adversely affect hair transplantation results.

Things to Consider When Wearing a Hat After Hair Transplantation

The most effective way to protect yourself from sunlight after a hair transplant is hats. However, no hat should be worn during this process. You should act according to the doctor's recommendations and choose hats that will not harm hair transplantation results. Things to consider when wearing a hat after hair transplant are as follows:

  • The hat to be chosen should completely cover the area where hair transplantation is performed. There should be no exposed hair transplantation spot and the hat should provide full protection.
  • The hat should be protective against external factors such as sun rays and wind.
  • The hat must be made of cotton (breathable) and soft fabric. Hats made from different fabrics with the same properties can also be preferred. The soft and breathable structure prevents the scalp from sweating, which prevents irritation and other problems caused by sweat.
  • It should not put pressure on or rub the operated area. Even slight bumps and rubbing should not be experienced after hair transplantation in order for the newly transplanted grafts to settle in place.
  • Those with wide edges and a comfortable design should be preferred.
  • Care should be taken to keep the hat clean and hygienic. Wearing an unhygienic hat over a scalp full of incisions poses a serious risk of infection, which may result in the loss of grafts.


Things Not to Do After a Hair Transplantation

It is very important to protect yourself from sunlight after hair transplant. However, different things should not be done for the process to succeed. Patients should pay attention to all of these and strictly avoid prohibited activities.

Activities that should be avoided and not done will be allowed once the healing process is completed. Patients will be informed about this by the doctor. Things to do and avoid until doctors give permission can be listed as follows:

  • Scratching the scalp
  • Sleeping lying down for the first days
  • bending over frequently unnecessarily
  • Working in tiring jobs such as lifting weights after hair transplantation
  • Getting hit on the scalp after hair transplantation
  • Going to the swimming pool or the sea
  • Using alcohol and smoking
  • Taking painkillers or similar medications without the doctor's knowledge
  • Removing scabs from crusted wounds
  • Washing hair with boiling water

Such similar activities and behaviors should be avoided. Activities here are approved and prohibited over time depending on the recovery speed. However, it is useful to be careful about any blows to the scalp for a long time. Even a blow to the scalp 1 month after hair transplant may cause negative effects.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sun Exposure After Hair Transplant

Details about the effects of sunlight after hair transplant and ways to protect them are given below.

1 - Is It Forbidden to Go Out in the Sun After Hair Transplantation?

Sun rays after a hair transplantation may negatively affect the procedure's results. During the first 14 days, you should avoid going out in the sun as much as possible, and if necessary, you should go out with precautions such as sunscreen and a hat.

2 - How Many Days After Hair a Transplant Should I Wear a Hat?

It is not recommended to wear a hat in the first days after hair transplantation. After the first 14 days, a hat can be worn if the doctor approves.

3 - Is the Sun Too Harmful After a Hair Transplant?

Direct and long-term exposure to sunlight after a hair transplantation negatively affects the operation's results. UV and other harmful rays from the sun can damage the grafts and negatively affect the healing process.

4 - Does Going Out After a  Hair Transplant Damage My Hair?

Protecting the scalp from the harmful effects of sun rays is necessary when going outside after a hair transplantation. Different methods, such as hats and sunscreen lotion, can be used for this. If you act according to the doctor's recommendations, going outside after a hair transplant will not damage your hair.

5 - How Many Days Should I Avoid the Sun After Hair Transplantation?

While it is necessary to protect effectively from the sun for the first 14 days, it is necessary to be careful against the sun until the period of full recovery (approximately three months). During this process, care should be taken not to stay in the sun for long

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