Hair transplantation can be an exciting procedure because it is designed to treat baldness.
However, itching is a major problem for many patients post their surgery.
So the obvious question we ask all the time is; Why Itching happens and is it normal?
As expected, you may experience itching after a hair transplant procedure. This itching may occur as early as two weeks after surgery at the donor and recipient site. This is a common condition and will resolve itself, although it can cause discomfort.
Itching is a symptom of the healing process. For example, if you have an injury or incision, your body will try to heal itself and you may feel itchy in the area. Similarly, punching tools have been used to remove hair follicles from the donor area, and the same holes have been made in the receiving area that are likely to itch as it heals. Although the gunshot wound was light, it was still a blow. This guide will explore why this is happening and what you need to do to treat it.
The Body’s Response to the Healing Process:
As wounds heal, our body releases chemicals that can cause itching. The skin may bleed or be damaged; however, the amount of bleeding depends on the size of the wound. As clots form, the bleeding stops and the clots begin to dry out, eventually becoming a scar around the wound.
Likewise, this scar forms after a hair transplant, which helps prevent the risk of infection during the healing process. The immune system at this stage also protects the surgical site from infection. Sensitivity and swelling may also be noted at this stage.
Damage to the scalp during a hair transplant is repaired by platelets in your body and white blood cells. Within a few weeks, new tissue will form and a new skin surface will be restored. At this point, you may feel itchy as the scabs begin to fall. At this point you can see some pink skin color. This can take a long time as the body heals.
How long does Itching Continues after a FUE Hair Transplant?
After a hair transplant, itching usually lasts about a week; however, in some rare cases, it may take several weeks. After a hair transplant operation, you may have difficulty washing your head for four to five days and you may also experience severe itching. However, you will feel better if you wash the place after a few days.
How can you Handle Itching After a Hair Transplant?
Itchy skin is less comfortable and usually worsens at night. Here is a list of treatments you can use at different stages of your recovery for your transplant care.
Don’t touch even if it stings
Spray and salt water
An antihistamine can be used
Shampoo treatment can be used
Apply steroid solution to the scalp
We know it can be tempting to dig your hair after a hair transplant procedure. But it’s better if you don’t. It is very advisable to limit yourself in digging into the hairs of plants. If you do this, you run a high risk of skin infection or hair follicle infection (folliculitis).
Transplanted hair can even be torn off, which can negatively affect the results of your hair transplant. Therefore, if you want to touch your hair with something other than flat hands, we recommend waiting at least 14 days.
Spray and salt water
Transferred hair cannot be washed four to five days after the procedure. During this time, the clinic will give you a spray of saline. In addition to nourishing the hair, it also removes pimples and dry skin, factors that can cause itching. Spray the plant area with as much water as possible to calm it. Spray the planted area with water and do not spray water like a stream on the hair, as this could damage the follicles.
The scalp releases histamines as it heals and heals itself. When this chemical is released, the scalp feels itchy. You can relieve histamine by reducing the scalp by taking antihistamines and reducing itching as a result. Antihistamines are available at almost all local pharmacies.
Our best hair transplant experts will inform you about long-acting antihistamines and short-acting antibodies that will put you to sleep at night. For most of our patients, we usually recommend a combination of the antihistamines Cetirizine and Chlorphenamine.
In some cases, people may experience itching up to two weeks after a hair transplant. In these cases, people should continue to take antihistamines as directed by their doctor.
To ensure their comfort, ketoconazole shampoo (medical shampoo) is recommended to reduce itching. Those who think they need a stronger version of the shampoo should talk to their surgeon. You can prevent itching by washing twice a week for 2-4 weeks.
Steroid Solution for The Scalp
Sometimes, if the itching lasts longer than 3-4 weeks, surgeons recommend applying a steroid solution to the skin. The solution is effective because it can cure and reduce itching within 24 hours.