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Risk of infections in hair transplants

Risk of infections in hair transplants

Risk of infection is an inherent fear that comes with any procedures. Whether small or big, a piercing or a surgery, we find our self travelling the internet for guidance on how to keep troublesome microbial organisms out. Hair transplants, FUE in particular, are considered micro surgery since the wounds are all micro in size. However, that does not mean risk free, because you know what else is micro in size? Bacteria. As the ancient song goes, where there is wounds there is a risk of infection. Thankfully, there are ways to handle the risk of infections in hair transplants! Read along, to protect your scalp and hair.

The risk of infection in hair transplants is very low, according to studies, only 1% of hair transplant cases develop serious infection.

How does infection happen

The skin acts as the prime barrier of protection against microbial invasions. In order to function efficiently, the cells are so tightly interwoven with each other to ensure no bacteria can transcend to our interiors. However, as humans we are prone to mistakes. Whether you fell and scraped your skin, got a tattoo, a piercing, or underwent surgery, you have created a passage for microscopic invaders who thrive on your destruction.

As is obvious by now, breaking your body’s first line of defense is inevitable. It almost happens on the daily. However frequent though, open wounds need to be tended for to avoid future complications.

Symptoms of infection

Realizing the symptoms of infection can be a tricky process in hair transplants. The confusion results from the similarities between healing and infection. One way to find out is to pay attention to redness, swelling,  and itching that does not alleviate within a week.


Avoiding infections in hair transplants

Micro organisms have been humanity’s most treacherous nemesis. The rivalry put scientists on the work to aid our bodies in fighting off the inconspicuous danger. Without further ado, here are five precautionary measures you should take to eliminate the risk of infection in hair transplants.


– Do not touch your scalp

As your scalp is covered in micro wounds that provide a pathway for germs, you should avoid frequently touching it. Our hand are the most contaminated of our body parts as we use them to touch disease ridden items around us. Passing your hand to your scalp will transmit a pool of diverse germs. As a result, you should abstain from touching your scalp, unless your hands are sanitized.

2– No-scratch rule

As tempting as it gets, do not scratch your scalp. It is frustrating that as wounds heal, they tend to become itchy. However, self control is essential for the greater good. If your wounds are healing, do not disrupt the process for three seconds of relief. Instead, visit the pharmacy for anti-itching serums that would alleviate your suffering. Just kidding, it will not be that bad.

3 – Do not smoke or consume alcohol 

You knew this will make the list, seeing as cigarettes and alcohol have never been on good terms with the medical field. The drama is not for nothing, both cigarettes and alcohol delay the healing process of wounds. Certainly, you would not want to consume either as it increases your possibilities of infection.

4– Spray saline solution

On a gauze, spray saline solution and dab it gently around your scalp for 30 minutes. Repeat this twice a day. Saline solution will remove debris and excess skin from the scalp without imposing harm. Moreover, it creates a hostile environment for bacterial growth. In other words, its your cost efficient guardian.

5 – Antibiotic ointments

To tend for your wounds, use antibacterial serums that contain Polysporin, Bacitracin or Aquaphor. Apply the serums on both the donor and recipient sites for extra immunity.

In summary 

Infection is a possibility that exists where there is a wound. Naturally, we fear it affecting us and delaying our progress. However, two things come in the favor of hair transplants patients, the risk of developing an infection is a lot lower in comparison to other surgeries. Secondly, the scalp care routine is quite simple to follow. Just abstain from playing with your scalp and from smoking and consuming alcohol. Finally, saline is your best friend along with antibiotic ointments. Follow the directions as posted, and you shall sail smoothly to recovery.

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