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#1

I have an upcoming surgery with Dr Arvind in India. I will be leaving for my home country about 30 hours after surgery. I will have a series of long flights and airport waits to get back home. Can I wear a hat?
I have read a lot of conflicting information regarding hats after HT surgery. Will I have a bandage on my head after surgery? If so, how long will I likely need to keep my head bandaged? If not, how soon after surgery can I wear a hat? What kind of hat do you recommend? I dont want to do anything to jeopardize my grafts, but I don’t want to frighten the other passengers either. I’m hoping a few of you HT veterans can give me some good advice.


#2

» I have an upcoming surgery with Dr Arvind in India. I will be leaving for
» my home country about 30 hours after surgery. I will have a series of long
» flights and airport waits to get back home. Can I wear a hat?
» I have read a lot of conflicting information regarding hats after HT
» surgery. Will I have a bandage on my head after surgery? If so, how long
» will I likely need to keep my head bandaged? If not, how soon after surgery
» can I wear a hat? What kind of hat do you recommend? I dont want to do
» anything to jeopardize my grafts, but I don’t want to frighten the other
» passengers either. I’m hoping a few of you HT veterans can give me some
» good advice.

I wore my surgical cap through the airport and on the plane. I looked a little silly but the end result was all I kept thinking about.

I have had both FUE and Strip, a surgical cap should cover the bandages.

A hat can be too much pressure on those grafts and you run the risk of pulling or damaging them.


#3

It was the same for me. I just wore my blue surgical cap during my trip back home and the security at the airport were very understanding when I explained I had just undergone surgery. Just be sure to keep the grafts moist during the flight as the altitude and pressure can dry them out a bit quicker than when on the ground. I went into the bathroom every couple of hours and applied a little vitamin e oil and it was no problem.


#4

» It was the same for me. I just wore my blue surgical cap during my trip
» back home and the security at the airport were very understanding when I
» explained I had just undergone surgery. Just be sure to keep the grafts
» moist during the flight as the altitude and pressure can dry them out a bit
» quicker than when on the ground. I went into the bathroom every couple of
» hours and applied a little vitamin e oil and it was no problem.

the surgical cap like what doctors wear while operating??

what about a doo-rag and not tied tightly? would that be loose enough?


#5

I wore the surgical cap and a pair of dark shades from the hotel, onto the plane and all the way home. I pretty much hid in the house for two weeks and then wore a hat. Just be very careful about any pressure you put on those grafts during the first week. Good luck and make sure you post some updates.


#6

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» can I wear a hat? What kind of hat do you recommend?

Of course you can wear a hat. I’ve flown to my last procedure and wore a bandanna. It worked out great for me and was much more comfortable than a hat. I probably looked like a biker wannabe, as the bandanna was a Harley bandanna, but outside of its comfort, it also had a long tail on the bandanna that concealed the strip scars I just had worked on.


#7

» Of course you can wear a hat. I’ve flown to my last procedure and wore a
» bandanna. It worked out great for me and was much more comfortable than a
» hat. I probably looked like a biker wannabe, as the bandanna was a Harley
» bandanna, but outside of its comfort, it also had a long tail on the
» bandanna that concealed the strip scars I just had worked on.

I bought a loose fitting felt hat today. It’s sort of like a feldora but a little smaller. I’m not sure what i think about it, but it will draw less attention that a surgical cap. Ultimately I will do whatever my doctor recommends, but I will take the hat and a bandanna with me just in case. Thanks for the advice guys.


#8

The only thing I would say is that if you wear a norma looking hat the security officers at th eairport will be more likely to ask you to remove it during baggage search or the part when your photo is taken at some airports. Wheras if you wear the surgical cap you can explain you’ve just had surgey on your head and need to keep the surgical cap on to prevent infection.


#9

I wore a baseball cap over my head but I did stay in Toronto for 2 weeks after my surgery as opposed to flying home the next day.

If you are looking at the timescales I am reffering too then I see now reason why cant wear a baseball cap over your head loose.


#10

Bandana is the best and easiest option.


#11

» It was the same for me. I just wore my blue surgical cap during my trip
» back home and the security at the airport were very understanding when I
» explained I had just undergone surgery. Just be sure to keep the grafts
» moist during the flight as the altitude and pressure can dry them out a bit
» quicker than when on the ground. I went into the bathroom every couple of
» hours and applied a little vitamin e oil and it was no problem.

The blue surgical cap worked out well. I wore a loose fitting hat over it, but security didn’t make me remove the surgical cap. I was also able to play the sympathy card with the flight attendants to get moved to an empty row of seats on a few of my international flights. :smiley:


#12

» I have an upcoming surgery with Dr Arvind in India. I will be leaving for
» my home country about 30 hours after surgery. I will have a series of long
» flights and airport waits to get back home. Can I wear a hat?
» I have read a lot of conflicting information regarding hats after HT
» surgery. Will I have a bandage on my head after surgery? If so, how long
» will I likely need to keep my head bandaged? If not, how soon after surgery
» can I wear a hat? What kind of hat do you recommend? I dont want to do
» anything to jeopardize my grafts, but I don’t want to frighten the other
» passengers either. I’m hoping a few of you HT veterans can give me some
» good advice.
Id go with a bandanna or the blue surgical hat Im sure your Dr will provide.
Just make sure to keep the area moist and watch out for clumsy, or inconsiderate passengers who may bump your head.


#13

» I have an upcoming surgery with Dr Arvind in India. I will be leaving for
» my home country about 30 hours after surgery. I will have a series of long
» flights and airport waits to get back home. Can I wear a hat?
» I have read a lot of conflicting information regarding hats after HT
» surgery. Will I have a bandage on my head after surgery? If so, how long
» will I likely need to keep my head bandaged? If not, how soon after surgery
» can I wear a hat? What kind of hat do you recommend? I dont want to do
» anything to jeopardize my grafts, but I don’t want to frighten the other
» passengers either. I’m hoping a few of you HT veterans can give me some
» good advice.

HP, I’ve been to see Dr Arvind twice. I would not wear a hat as they almost certainly will ask you to remove it. You will have a white bandage on your head and a white bandana will blend in perfectly.

Security/drug-wise, a hat allows you to hide something while a head-hugging bandana will not. In addition, if you are asked to remove the bandana, you can hold up one side and show that you had surgery. They will let you pass right through.

As a matter of fact, my last surgery with Dr Arvind I saw Danny Glover the actor (of Lethal Weapon fame) in the boarding line in New Delhi to New Jersey) on my flight and he was asked to remove his baseball hat. I thought what a small world and wondered what he was doing over there.

BTW, Dr Arvind will have a driver there to meet you and he will be a welcome sight after such a long flight. There will be other people in the airport trying to take your bags for you (for a fee of course) and do not let them do that other than the driver. You are in excellent hands and will be treated as if you are with an old friend.


#14

Just out of curiosity to those who’ve experienced it before, how soon can one wear a hat (or a winter hat with no visor) very loose on the head? And how long till hair looks natural as if you just had it shaved down recently?

I get mixed answers on these.

» » I have an upcoming surgery with Dr Arvind in India. I will be leaving
» for
» » my home country about 30 hours after surgery. I will have a series of
» long
» » flights and airport waits to get back home. Can I wear a hat?
» » I have read a lot of conflicting information regarding hats after HT
» » surgery. Will I have a bandage on my head after surgery? If so, how
» long
» » will I likely need to keep my head bandaged? If not, how soon after
» surgery
» » can I wear a hat? What kind of hat do you recommend? I dont want to do
» » anything to jeopardize my grafts, but I don’t want to frighten the
» other
» » passengers either. I’m hoping a few of you HT veterans can give me some
» » good advice.
»
» HP, I’ve been to see Dr Arvind twice. I would not wear a hat as they
» almost certainly will ask you to remove it. You will have a white bandage
» on your head and a white bandana will blend in perfectly.
»
» Security/drug-wise, a hat allows you to hide something while a
» head-hugging bandana will not. In addition, if you are asked to remove the
» bandana, you can hold up one side and show that you had surgery. They will
» let you pass right through.
»
» As a matter of fact, my last surgery with Dr Arvind I saw Danny Glover the
» actor (of Lethal Weapon fame) in the boarding line in New Delhi to New
» Jersey) on my flight and he was asked to remove his baseball hat. I
» thought what a small world and wondered what he was doing over there.
»
» BTW, Dr Arvind will have a driver there to meet you and he will be a
» welcome sight after such a long flight. There will be other people in the
» airport trying to take your bags for you (for a fee of course) and do not
» let them do that other than the driver. You are in excellent hands and
» will be treated as if you are with an old friend.