I swim laps on a regular basis and was just wondering how soon after my hair transplant I can begin swimming again. Also does it make a difference if I swim in a pool or in the ocean?
It would certainly be best to not go swimming for the first week while you have sutures in where the graft donor site is, but once the sutures come out and the graft donor site is fully healed, which would be in seven to ten days, there is no reason why you could not go swimming as you did before. Just to let you know, in general, the ocean is considered a cleaner place to swim than a pool which has more bacteria. However, after seven to ten days it is not going to matter whether you are in a pool or in the ocean, you can swim as you did prior to the transplant.
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