After the surgery, your transplant area may be very tender. You may need to take pain medications for several days. Your surgeon will have you wear bandages for at least a day or two. He or she may also prescribe an antibiotic or an anti-inflammatory drug for you to take for several days. Most people can return to work 2 to 5 days after the operation.
Within 2 to 3 weeks after surgery, the transplanted hair will fall out, but you should start to notice new growth within a few months. Most people will see 60% of new hair growth after 6 to 9 months.