While balding is an unavoidable reality for many people, that doesn’t mean that they cannot have a full head of hair of their own any longer. There are many options available that can add hair to the hairline and improve overall appearance in the process. Modern hair loss treatment options tend to yield much better results than the hair loss treatments of the past, particularly when it comes to transplantation surgery.
Right now, we’d like to consider the issue of swelling and how that applies to hair transplant surgery. It’s something we receive a number of questions about so it’s worthwhile to address this matter here.
About Hair Restoration Surgery
Some basics about hair restoration first. Hair transplant surgery is a process that involves the removal of hair follicle grafts from a donor site so that they can be placed in the frontal portion of the scalp. By doing this, patients will have natural hair to fill in the bald spot, and it will grow and look natural.
The donor site tends to be the back of the scalp. Hair in the back portion of the scalp is less likely to be lost through the natural process of pattern baldness.
Is swelling common after hair transplant surgery?
Swelling is a common side effect of hair transplant surgery, and it can occur in the area where the donor grafts are placed as well as the forehead, the temples, and even the eyelids. It’s not uncommon for the swelling to show up a few days after the surgery rather than immediately.
It should be noted that side effects following surgery are simply the body’s response to the healing process, and they are only temporary.
How long will the swelling last?
This can vary from patient to patient, but following male hair transplantation, the swelling usually lasts a few days and then subsides. The swelling should be dealt with when it occurs since it can alter the appearance of the upper portion of the face, but it’s important that patients act carefully.
Ways for Dealing with Swelling
First things first, patients will want to take the prescription medications that their hair transplant surgeon will provide. An anti-inflammatory is commonly given specifically for addressing this matter. Use this anti-inflammatory medication as instructed.
In addition, cold compresses can be used to address swelling on the forehead and eye area, though be sure not to use the cold compress on the scalp itself. The cold can negatively affect the viability of the transplanted hair follicles during this crucial healing period.
What to Do In Cases of Excessive Swelling
If you face excessive swelling, soreness, bleeding, or other matters as you heal, we encourage you to get in contact with us as soon as possible. This may be an urgent issue that needs professional attention, and we will strive to ensure that you receive the best treatment possible.