How Soon Can I Workout After My Hair Transplant?

Spencer Kobren and Joe Tillman speak with a caller who is concerned about having to take time off from training post surgery. Bottom line: Hair transplant surgery is a financial and emotional investment that takes some sacrifice in order to ensure the best possible outcome.

Caller: The question I have is, so what is ... I've done a lot of research. So the aftercare, so what would you say ... Would you say in two weeks, if I took two weeks off of work, and just did nothing but lay around, maintenance type care, it would be ... In two weeks I would be back to doing whatever I wanted to do?

Spencer Kobren: You'd be back to being able to do ... Well if you're going to have a strip for instance, you'll definitely be back to doing your full set of activities.

Caller: What's a strip?

Spencer Kobren: If you have a strip, honestly I think you should wait if you're lifting weights a lot, if you're really training-

Caller:  Yeah.

Spencer Kobren: You really should take it easy up until about the six week mark. You can still exercise-

Caller: What?

Spencer Kobren: You could still exercise to some degree.

Caller: Yeah.

Spencer Kobren: But you cannot go full force, and you really shouldn't be lifting too much. I probably wouldn't doing any dead lifts or squats or heavy bench pressing or anything like that.

Caller: How come?

Spencer Kobren: Because you know, you're at a very vulnerable point to have scalp stretch back and I don't know if Joe agrees with that, but that's always been my recommendation. And even to wait longer if you can.

Joe Tillman: I look at it like this. First off, you always follow your clinics recommendations. Everyone else is irrelevant, because they're the ones that know your case.

Caller: Right.

Joe Tillman: They're the one that are there for you and they have the experience in their clinic on how they deal with their patients. They know what works best in their practice.

Caller:  Yeah. I see.

Joe Tillman: That said, I've always told people I think that working out, Spencer said six weeks, I think it's okay earlier as long as you're not doing a full workout. If you're doing standing curls, there's absolutely no tension on the neck. If you're doing cardio, light cardio like lots of walking, even light jogging, there's nothing wrong with that.

Spencer Kobren: 100% I agree with that.

Joe Tillman: But the big things to look at are, bench pressing because you got a lot of pressure on the back of the scalp when you're laying down on the bench.

Spencer Kobren: You need to stay away from the heavier compound movements.

Joe Tillman: Yeah.

Spencer Kobren: And work on stuff that's not putting any stress.

Caller:  I don't want to do that, right. So I mean, there's something I don't want to hear.

Spencer Kobren: Well that's just the that is man.

Caller:  I know.

Spencer Kobren: You can still keep your physique, you're just not going to ... You're going to end up weaker in a few weeks, that's just the way that is. But you'll get it back.

Joe Tillman: Yeah, quickly.

Caller: So what about, are the grafts in two weeks okay for like hairspray, duramax, that kind of things in two weeks?

Spencer Kobren: The molecular glue is ... Essentially your grafts are after six, seven days, your grafts are solid man. You really don't have to worry-

Caller: See that's my main issue. I don't care about the scars much. That's covered up.

Joe Tillman:  I do want to interject with something here.

Caller: All right.

Joe Tillman: One thing you cannot ever lose sight of, is that there is no having your cake and eating it too. You have to make sacrifices on some level.

Caller:  Yeah.

Joe Tillman: Be it staying out of the gym or maybe shaving this or not doing this.

Caller:  I know.

Joe Tillman: Just you can't go in to this with a list of priorities that you have to be able to continue to do.

Spencer Kobren: And something that Joe never talks about is you really, you shouldn't have sex for at least a year.

Joe Tillman: Well a year and a half actually.

Spencer Kobren: I'm just kidding.

Caller: I'm fine. Okay. My dermatologist will be upset.

Joe Tillman: Click.

Caller:  You know, the questions we ... See you're worrying because right now, I'm at the point where I don't have to do it is what I'm saying.

Joe Tillman: Yeah. I wouldn't do it.

Caller: I'm weighing all those.

Joe Tillman: I don't have to do it.

Caller: I'm trying to weigh the inconveniences if like so what, it's a 35 minutes a morning.

Spencer Kobren:  Do you think I enjoy having to paint the back of my head? Do you think like that's an enjoyable activity for me or the sheer-

Caller:  I know.

Spencer Kobren: Amount of hairspray that I have to use in order to feel comfortable walking outside because if a heavy gust of wind blows, the entire sham is exposed.

Caller: Yeah.

Joe Tillman: In one piece.

Caller: I'm with you.

Spencer Kobren:  It's just like whoosh.

Caller:  I'm 100% and we're in the same idea.

Joe Tillman: It's like a seal.

Spencer Kobren: Yeah. And sticks that way.

Caller: We couldn't be more similar. It's exact ... That's why I've loved this show over the years, because I thought I was by myself.

Spencer Kobren:  Oh boy.

Joe Tillman:  God.

Spencer Kobren: You are not by yourself man.

Joe Tillman:  One of the many my friend.

Caller:  I've not been bothered calling on and off for a few years, before that, I thought before that I was a freak.

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