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Dr. Chiara Insalaco recently shared valuable advice on how to sleep after a hair transplant. This postoperative phase is often the most difficult for patients, but by following Dr. Insalaco’s guidance, it is possible to protect the transplanted area and ensure the success of the surgery. Hair transplantation is a delicate process that requires not only excellent surgical skill but also careful postoperative care. This article explores Dr. Insalaco’s advice in detail.

The correct sleeping position after a hair transplant

According to Dr. Insalaco, the position in which one sleeps after a hair transplant is critical to avoid damaging the transplanted area. This may seem like a minor detail, but it is actually vitally important. During sleep, we are often unaware of our position and the movements we make. This can lead to unwanted pressure or rubbing on the transplanted area, which can damage the delicate newly implanted follicles.

It is important that the patient does not rest the transplanted area on the pillow while sleeping. If the transplant was performed on the recipient area, the patient should not sleep on his or her back or side, as these positions may cause the follicular unit to shift. The same applies if the transplant was performed on the clown area: the head should not rest on the pillow. This may seem uncomfortable, but it is essential to protect the new hair.

The semi-sitting position: an aid to rest

Dr. Insalaco suggests a semi-sitting position for sleeping, using two pillows under the neck. This position helps rest the head only on the donor area, which can touch the pillow without any problems. The areas that received the transplant, however, should be protected from any impact or compression, at least for the first week after surgery.

The semi-sitting position may seem unusual, but it is very effective in protecting the transplanted area. This position reduces pressure on the transplanted area and prevents displacement of the follicles. In addition, it can help reduce the swelling that often occurs after surgery.

The supine position: ideal for protecting the transplanted area

Ideally, the supine position, with pillows slightly elevating the neck, is best to protect the transplanted follicular units. This is especially important for the areas of the skull, also called the clerical, and the frontal area, which undergo manipulation of the follicular units during surgery. These areas must be protected from contact with surfaces such as a pillow.

The supine position may seem uncomfortable for some, but it is essential to ensure that the transplanted follicles are not disturbed during sleep. This position also allows better blood circulation to the transplanted area, thus promoting faster healing and a more effective transplant result.

Post-operative care: a key element in hair transplant success

Postoperative care is a key element in the success of a hair transplant. It is not enough to simply undergo surgery; you must carefully follow your doctor’s instructions during the recovery period. This includes not only the correct sleeping position, but also personal hygiene, nutrition, and physical activity.

Dr. Insalaco stresses the importance of protecting the transplanted area from any impact or compression for at least the first week after surgery. This means avoiding touching or scratching the transplanted area, not wearing hats or other tight headgear, and being careful when washing and combing hair.


In conclusion, hair transplantation is a process that requires care and attention not only during the surgery but also in the postoperative period. Carefully following the directions on the correct sleeping position can make the difference between a successful and a less successful transplant. Remember, your health and well-being are in your own hands. Following the advice of experts like Dr. Insalaco can help ensure that your hair transplant is a success and that you enjoy the benefits of full, healthy hair.