How to Deal with Scalp Itch after a Hair Transplant
Updated on Tuesday 20th June 2017
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Itching after a hair transplant is quite a usual side effect which may appear between the 5th to 7th days after such an operation. In some cases, it can be quite severe. Below we outline how to deal with scalp itch after a hair restoration and other important aspects regarding this side effect.
Why does my scalp itch after a hair transplant in Turkey?
The scalp may itch after a hair transplant in Turkey commonly because of scab formation. There may be a thousand or even more small scabs on a scalp after this type of procedure is undertaken. Other less usual reasons for which patients could experience scalp itching after a hair transplant may consist of:
• Dryness, mainly from shampooing;
• An allergic reaction to topical creams;
• An infection;
• A skin illness that existed prior to the hair restoration.
What to do about scalp itching after a Turkey hair transplant
Most hair transplant physicians agree that medicated shampooing ought to alleviate the itching, as it makes the scabs softer and it helps the patient wash them away. Other measures could be comprised of:
• Using a skin moisturizer on the head. If itching is not alleviated, the hair transplant physician in Turkey may prescribe a mild topical steroid in order to release it;
• Anti-histamines, petroleum jelly or baby oil could be effective as well.
This side effect could be felt by patients for maximum three months after the hair transplant operation in Istanbul. However, it is important not to scratch the scalp as this could irritate the healing tissues in the first month after the hair restoration. Though, after this period, patients could gently massage the head, which may eliminate the itching and encourage the healing process.
What our physicians do in order to reduce scalp itching after a hair transplant
Our experienced hair transplant physicians in Turkey are able to significantly reduce the occurrence of scalp itching after a hair restoration by utilizing a stern post-op procedure whose main objective is to allow wound healing.
This protocol is comprised of, among others, the utilization of an antibacterial ointment throughout the suture line to maintain it greasy in the first couple of weeks after the operation.
Also, we decrease the crust formation on the recipient area by irrigating and soft washing this area twice a day after the operation and every day thereafter.
In this case, a mild shampoo is utilized to enable the crust removal. In case the crusts are not eliminated in the initial couple of days after the surgery, commonly, they will persevere until the hairs they are formed upon are shed.
In the rare instances when patients still itch despite the above-mentioned measures, our Turkey hair transplant physicians will consider the possibility of a contact dermatitis or an infection.
If these are not present, the patient is prescribed hydrocortisone ointment (OTC) 1% or 2.5% applied according to the patient’s needs on the suture line and/or the recipient site.
Our talented Turkey hair transplant surgeons use the most advanced surgical methods with extreme care in order to reduce the risk of hair restoration post-operational itching. To find out more information on the methods they use, as well as how to treat scalp itch after a hair transplant, we invite you to get in touch with us.