Today is Monday, November 23, 2015 and I am now 12 days post-op from my procedure on November 11 with Dr. Matthew Huebner of Natural Transplants in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
I had my sutures removed by my primary care physician this morning and I feel a million times better now that they’re gone. The suture line will continue healing over the next year so for the next month I will refrain from lifting weights or any intense exercise that tenses my neck so that the suture line will properly heal this time around.
For those who have had a procedure and will have their sutures removed, here is a video of Dr. Brett Bolton explaining how to remove the sutures at the 10-day mark if it’s your first procedure or at the 12-day mark if you’ve had two or more procedures.
As I’ve mentioned a few times before, the right-middle portion of my first suture line did not heal well because I rushed back to lifting weights a little too early and my scar stretched.
Even though my post-op instructions said I can lift weights two weeks after my sutures are removed, ideally you don’t want to lift weights again until a month after your procedure
After you remove the sutures, the suture line is still healing and exercises like the bench press, squat, deadlift, and overhead press tense the neck and can stretch the scar.
One resource I recommend talking to about resuming working out after a hair transplant procedure is my friend Steve Cook who is the patient educator at Dr. Dan McGrath’s practice in Austin, Texas. Steve worked with Dr.s Bolton and Huebner for about four years, was a champion body builder earlier in his career, and has had numerous hair transplant surgeries so he has a wealth of knowledge about the recovery, growth, and the actual procedure. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now comes the hard part: all of the waiting you have to do before you see any sort of progress.
Thank you for following my recovery and I will share my next update at the 1 month post-op mark on December 11.
All my best,