FUE: How bad will the post-op swelling be?
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It can be really bad
Swelling After Hair Transplant
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Swelling can vary from patient to patient depending on how many grafts you have and where the grafts are placed. Swelling is normally gone by day 5 or 6 and does not hurt.
Swelling after a hair transplant
The swelling might be minimal and will passes in few days . It is important to follow up the post op instructions . Applying an ice pack , taking anti swelling tablets and sleeping in the right position will protect you from possible major swelling .
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How to reduce forehead swelling
FUE: Will there be swelling post op?
In a minority of cases of hair transplant at the front of the scalp there maybe swelling. If severe enough then it can collect on your forehead and possibly around your eyes for a few days
I generally prescribe anti-inflammatory medication after surgery and recommend using ice-packs for a few days to avoid this issue. There should not be much difference with regards to swelling whether your hair transplant was FUE or strip FUT.
Post op swelling - how much and how long?
In general, swelling is more likely with bigger cases than smaller cases and more likely to be visible with hair transplants on the front of the scalp than the back of the scalp (crown transplants). Post op attention to icing and resting at 45 degrees or flat (rather than upright) might help a bit as well.
But one of the most important factors in swelling appears to be whether or not your surgeon uses anti-inflammatory medications (steroids) during the procedure. Studies have shown this can greatly reduce swelling.
But when all is said and done -- it's impossible to predict who gets swelling and who doesn't. Lots of patients have little to no swelling.
If swelling occurs it usually lasts 2-4 days.
Gholamali A, Sepideh P, Susan E. Hair Transplantation: Preventing Post-operative Oedema. Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery. 2010;3(2):87-89. doi:10.4103/0974-2077.69018.