As with all other medical procedures, hair transplants may have side effects. One of the rare but severe side effects is infection. What to know about an infected hair transplant? How to treat it and how to avoid it?
Here is everything you need to know.
Although an infected hair transplant may be severe, this is a rare condition, and most procedures end very well.
As with any other infection following a surgery, an infected hair transplant is red, swollen, and painful. The patient may have fever, sweats, or bleeding.
An infected hair transplant may occur anytime the skin has not fully healed. Most infections occur in the days following the transplant while the wounds are still open.
In most cases of an infected hair transplant, the side effects of the procedure worsen after the first week instead of getting better.
The usual side effects of a hair transplant are moderate swelling, redness, and skin sensitivity.
What to do in case of an infected hair transplant?
The best thing to do if you suspect an infection is to seek medical help. A doctor or a nurse will tell you if you have an infection and prescribe you the proper treatment. If treated early, it is easy to cure most of them with antibiotics.
Do not wait to get medical help! Untreated infection does not stop by itself and may lead to death in the (hopefully sporadic) worst cases.
How to prevent an infected hair transplant?
First, pick a reputable clinic with high hygiene standards. Infection may occur from poorly sterilized material or hygiene code violation. A hair transplant is a surgical procedure, not a haircut, so make sure to pick a reputable clinic.
Most patients suffering from an infected hair transplant cannot blame the clinic but themself. Poor aftercare is the most common cause of an infected hair transplant.
After your surgery, carefully follow the doctor’s guidelines. Do not touch the donor or the recipient area until the skin has fully healed. Touching may bring bacterias into the region and cause an infection. If, for any reason, you must touch any of those areas, please wash your hands beforehand to avoid infections.
Picking scabs is even worse as you recreate open wounds (and in some cases bleeding), which is the best to create an infection.
In addition, washing your hair according to the doctor’s guidelines is also an excellent way to prevent infection. It kills bacterias and prevents them from developing in your donor or recipient area.
How does the DHI technique reduce the risks of an infected hair transplant?
A DHI hair transplant is a non-invasive procedure. Unlike FUE, there are no incisions, so the skin heals faster. This difference reduces the risk of infection because infections appear on open wounds.
Overall, a DHI hair transplant is much better than an FUE one because the grafts have a better survival rate, the procedure is less invasive, and the results are more natural and bring more volume at the top of the head.
How to get a DHI hair transplant with Hair Turkey?
The potential risks should not stop you from getting a hair transplant. A DHI hair transplant is the best way to get your hair back, as it is a long-lasting and natural-looking procedure.
At Hair Turkey, we are proud to offer all our patients DHI and mega DHI hair transplants. Our doctor performs all the surgery himself and is a specialist in DHI hair transplants. We have an all-inclusive package specially tailored for international patients.
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