The most important part of the hair transplant recovery process is getting enough rest and letting your body heal.
Here is a realistic timeline on what to expect on your hair transplant recovery and when you can resume working out and lifting weights:
Surgery day to suture removal: Take it easy. No going to the gym, no heavy lifting, just basic walking is fine.
Two weeks after suture removal: moderate activities like jogging or running is fine.
One month after procedure or suture removal: ease back into heavy exercise like weight lifting and CrossFit.
After the sutures are removed on day 10 post-op if it’s your first procedure or on day 12 post-op if you’ve had two or more, the suture line still heals for up to a full year.
Ideally you don’t want to lift weights or perform any high intensity exercise until a month after your procedure because any barbell or weight bearing exercise that tenses the neck can stretch the suture line.
I will be a bit more conservative in my recovery and return to the gym as I will resume lifting weights a month after my suture removal on December 23, 2015.
Below are pictures of me 12 days after my second procedure after the sutures have been removed and I got a hair cut to blend everything together. My suture line is visible because the hair directly above and beneath the red line is growing from a 0-guard whereas the rest of my hair is a 2-guard. The scar should become no wider than the edge of a sheet of paper.