Infected Hair Transplant
Medically reviewed by Dr. Sternberg
Hair transplants typically have very high success rates but just like any surgical procedure, they can carry certain complications. One of those risks is an infection that can occur in less than 1% of the patients due to inadequate aftercare, poor hygiene, and other factors. Read on to explore the symptoms, causes, prevention, and treatments for an infected hair transplant.
In A Nutshell
|Signs||Burning, Abcess, Swollen, Nausea and Vomitting,|
|Causes||Low Hygiene, Inadequate Aftercare,|
|How to Avoid||Good Hygiene Standards, Attend Post-op|
|Treatment||If your symptoms are getting worse|
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Frequently Asked Questions
Should you take medications after a hair transplant?
Your surgeon might recommend medications such as painkillers and antibiotics to ease discomfort and prevent infection. Some doctors also advise patients to use medication such as finasteride and minoxidil to promote hair growth after the transplant.
How do I know if my hair transplant is infected?
If the symptoms worsen over time or do not disappear within the week of the surgery, your hair transplant might be infected. In this case, your symptoms of pain, swelling, bleeding, and redness might intensify. You might notice other symptoms such as pus, abscesses, nausea, swollen lymph nodes, etc.
How can I prevent my hair transplant from getting infected?
To prevent infection after a hair transplant, you should: -Choose a clinic with good hygiene standards -Attend post-op appointments -Follow all the instructions from your surgeon -Do not touch or scratch the scalp -Avoid alcohol and tobacco
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