What can I do if swelling does occur?

During the hair transplant procedure a swelling of the forehead can occur, What can be done to reduce swelling? You asked Forhair, here is the answer.

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Hair transplantation is less invasive than ever before. FUE patients can typically resume most normal activities the day after the procedure. However, each case is different and some patients may deal with side effects like swelling or shock loss. Such side effects are far rarer for Forhair patients, though, due to Cole Isolation Techniques' (CIT®) minimum invasiveness. Not only does it typically lead to minimal or unnoticeable scarring, but it also limits the chance of swelling and its impact.  

All patients will experience mild swelling after the procedure, typically around the forehead. This is absolutely normal and should dimish within the first three days. Patients of Forhair also receive prednisone, or a similar steroid, to help check against further swelling. Following all post-procedure instructions is essential for success; this includes sleeping upright for at least the first three nights. Along with protecting the implants, doing so will decrease the chance of swelling and prevent fluid buildup.

Handling the swelling itself, meanwhile, simply requires putting an ice pack on the area for 10 minutes on and ten minutes off. Be careful not to push too hard onto the forehead, as it can effect grafts that consist on the hairline.  

Rarely, swelling from FUE can increase in severity. This has little to do with the method itself, particularly in the case of CIT® due to its minimal intrusiveness. Instead, patients prone to swelling from injuries have a small chance of moderate swelling. This will typically begin three to four days after the procedure and should decrease within a few days to half a week.

Everything considered, patients should remember to not panic if swelling occurs. Its duration may vary somewhat for patients, but it never leads to complications. Icing it and continuing to sleep in an upright position, along with steroids if recommended, is patients' best bet for it diminishing as soon as possible.


Nothing, just wait for it to diminish. However, to avoid swelling take the Prednisone given to you to try to prevent it. Some will experience anyway. To reduce swelling, apply ice packs to the area. 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off. Sleep at a 45-degree incline so the fluid will drain backwards, not into the face.


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