Being an outpatient surgery, patients undergoing FUE have a relatively easy recovery process and don’t spend the night after receiving the procedure. FUE does not create a linear scar and doesn’t require stitches making it an even easier recovery than FUT. The surgeon will wrap the patient’s head and instruct him to keep it elevated–even while sleeping–to reduce the swelling. Patients are advised to abstain from showering for 24 hours as to not disrupt the implants. The implants and donor site will begin scabbing over meaning the healing process is beginning, and patients are advised to gently cleanse both areas with a cotton ball to keep the potential for infection at bay without dislodging the implants. Patients shouldn’t be concerned when they begin shedding the implanted hair between 2 weeks and 2 months after their surgery. By the third and fourth month, the new hair will grow back and by the fifth and sixth months, the patient’s hair will be 2 – 3 inches long.