How to avoid redness after FUE transplantation?

I will get a FUE transplant in two weeks. I've seen thousands of post op. FUE pictures and in some cases I've seen redness after the transplant (donor and receptor area). Is it possible to avoid this redness or reduce it? What would you recommend it? Thank you very much in advance!

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Redness after a hair transplant

The redness occurs  because the hair transplant surgeon needs to make hundreds or even thousands of tiny slits in the scalp so that hairs can be extracted and inserted as needed. These tiny slits can be compared to very small wounds, so it is completely normal for the skin to react by becoming red. Due to the fact that clients are given antibiotics before the surgery, the scalp is not likely to get infected. But if the redness seems excessive, abnormal and comes with pain  and swelling it can indeed be signs of an infection and the doctor should be contacted. But a scalp that is just red is completely normal and not a reason to worry.The exact degree of redness that will follow a hair transplant is hard to predict in advance. The redness will depend on several different factors, with one being the skin complexion of the individual. Pale individuals might experience more redness that lasts longer than those with dark skin where the redness may never be noticeable. Those with sensitive and reactive skin might also have more redness than others. Healthy individuals with good healing abilities will heal faster and have less redness than others. Luckily, the redness after a hair transplant will for most people go away after a couple of weeks and the skin will go back to its regular tone
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Turkey Plastic Surgeon
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Redness after a hair transplant

Some people have sensitive skins and get red, red even if you rub the forehead. Some people don't get it. There is no magic cure for redness. If redness persists, then your doctor can prescribe a topical medication that will reduce it. 

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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How to avoid redness after FUE transplantation?

Loss of hair is a natural process when it is between the limits that the body can restore them. When the capacity of the body to restore the hair loss is beaten by the excessive hair loss then we can name this situation something that should be treated. Women started to experience balding even more in the last 2 decades. It is getting more and more common also in women population. However it is also good to know that this problem is also treatable when it is present in women.

To obtain alive hair follicles implanted in higher rates, the latest technique being used is not the only manner, it is also affected by compliance of implantation area that we found a better way to improve as a result of our researches, The Organic Hair Transplantation. By this new and unique Organic Hair Transplantation Technique, before the extraction and implantation processes; we regenerate the implantation area with injection of stem cell enriched fat tissue. Regeneration of cells in target area before FUE transplantation with the support of stromal stem cells results in higher rate of alive thicker hair follicles.

Bulent Cihantimur, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
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There is no way to avoid redness. If it happens it happens. Some people have an issue more than others.

There is no way to avoid redness.  If it happens it happens.  Some people have an issue more than others.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Redness post op

Redness post-op, whether from FUE or FUT surgery, usually depends on the person's skin type.  If you are prone, you are going to get it.  Healing and redness go hand in hand for some patients.If your redness persists, go see your doctor and steroid creams can help.  Or you can just wait it out and it will resolve with time. 

Good luck!

Sara Wasserbauer, MD
Walnut Creek Hair Restoration Surgeon
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