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Old 06-11-2018, 06:50 PM
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I am a white collared tech worker who keeps my hair relatively longer and styled. I am seriously considering pulling the trigger with a clinic, but after reading people's experiences I am concerned about my post op strategy to hide the healing process/short hair during the recovery period. I really would like to keep it under wraps that I had a transplant - aside from taking many sick days and/or working from home too much, what has been people's strategies to get away with it?

The good thing at least for me is my tech company is VERY casual and I can wear a hat to work every day if I like (my bald, baseball crazed co-worker actually wears a baseball hat EVERY DAY). Is it safe to wear a hat within 3-4 days post-op?
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:11 PM
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I think 3 to 4 days is too soon. I would shoot for 10 and on wear one too tight.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:37 PM
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Agree. I’d at least wait 10 days. Maybe even 2 weeks.
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:41 PM
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Instead of hats, you can wear soft bandanna!
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Old 06-12-2018, 01:43 AM
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If you respect the HT yes you can wear a hat with no worries 4 days post op. Make sure its in contact with the forehead not the recipient area.

Wear the hat several times on the lead up to the HT and then everyone will be used the the "new" hat ;-)

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Here's a little article I wrote on dealing with a hair transplant at work. With that said, if you can wear a hat go for it, but of course people will ask why all of the sudden you're wearing a hat.



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It is safe to wear a loose fitting hat the day of surgery so four days after the procedure, it is definitely still safe. However, try not to wear any fitted hats or anything overly tight for the first week. The fact that you were working environment is casual certainly help you. However, here is a tip, if you don’t usually wear hats at work, it may be very suspicious if you start randomly wearing hats every day. So, I would suggest as far out from surgery as possible that you start wearing hats every other day or every third day and then gradually move to every day as much as possible. That way, people are used to see with a hat and don’t randomly ask you why you’re wearing one. And if they do ask, they will likely ask before you get to the real reason you can just take off your hat in front of them so they see nothing unusual.

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As soon as I read that you can wear a hat, I thought that you have nothing to worry about. I think it's best just to 'own it' and tell people, but I understand that that strategy isn't possible for everyone. But seriously, if you exist in a work culture that allows hats, you're set. You can conceal your HT with no worries.
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Thanks everyone - great info and insight. Going in to consult with Dr Wong & Hasson's Seattle clinic today - wish me luck!
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A loose fitting cap can be worn almost immediately, provided the grafts are not being smushed or grazed by it.

Be very careful placing and removing it, and make sure no one playfully yanks it from your head or pats you on the head for the first ten days to three weeks post op.

Be judicious of your surroundings accordingly.
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