What Causes Redness After Hair Transplant?
Redness is just one of the side effects of hair transplant surgery. It will completely go away in just a few weeks but sometimes you may need to speed up the process. The scalp redness after the hair transplant can be seen in the surgical areas which are the donor area in the back of your head and the recipient areas. Most patients would like to know what causes redness even though it is temporary. The redness that occurs after a hair transplant surgery is just a sign of the healing process. As our wounds heal, they get temporarily red. Because your doctor has to make small incisions during the surgery, there will be minor wounds on your scalp. As is the case with all types of wounds, they will get red while healing.
When Does Redness Go Away After Hair Transplant?
Most patients will notice that the redness will be gone in just 2 weeks. All you need is to wait while your scalp heals. However, if you had a FUT hair transplant or the recipient area was so large, then it could last longer. But still, you will completely heal in one month and the redness will just disappear. However, if the redness does not completely go away in 2 months, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible. Moreover, if there are other symptoms such as fever and discharge from your scalp, your surgical sites might have been infected. So it is best to see your doctor start treatment.
How To Reduce Redness After Hair Transplant?
Thankfully, there are a lot of things you can do to reduce the redness after a hair transplant surgery and to speed up the healing process. Post-operative care is an integral part of the hair transplant procedure. If you want the least complications with the best surgery results, you should first follow your doctor's instructions and recommendations about post-operative care. Here are a few tips to reduce and get rid of redness in the donor and recipient area after a hair transplant:
- You should be careful about not pressing the surgical sites. Therefore, you should keep a space between your head and pillow. You can put a pillow under your neck to keep the surgical areas up in a way that they will not touch the pillow.
- You will have to wash your hair regularly one first three days is up after the hair transplant surgery. After 3 days, all you have to do is two wash your hair twice a day to keep the surgical areas moist and help the healing of your scalp. While washing your hair, you should not use very hot or cold water, which may disturb your scalp and aggravate redness after a hair transplant. You should scalp treat your head very gently and never rub or scratch your scalp.
- Itching is a very common side effect of this surgery and may cause or aggravate redness after a hair transplant. So if you cannot resist the urge to scratch your head it will both cause redness and may also harm the newly transplanted hair follicles. So it is best to keep the sensitive hair follicles free to alleviate redness. If the itching is so severe, then you should you a moisturizer recommended by your doctor. Using a lotion to wash your hair will also help the scabs to fall out easily and alleviate itching.
- To protect the sensitive surgical sites, you should avoid direct sunlight for at least one month. Especially first three days are very important, during when you should not go out in the sun even if you have a hat on. But you can go out in the sun if you wear a hat that does not have direct contact with your scalp.