New Jersey hair transplant patients return home to heal and relax the same day as their procedure. Post-operative instructions are relatively simple, but avoiding sources of infection while your scalp is vulnerable will be one of the most important things you do.

Folliculitis is an infection of the follicles, and it’s the last thing you want while recovering after a hair transplant.

How to avoid folliculitis after hair transplant in New Jersey

Hair follicle infections may occur because of blocked pores, chronic irritation from shaving, and ingrown hairs. The bacteria, pseudomonas aeruginosa is usually responsible. Hair follicle infection is rare; however, once you have any open areas or small injury on the scalp, you become susceptible. The problem has been nicknamed hot tub folliculitis because hot tubs and pools, which are known to harbour bacteria, present a particular risk for vulnerable scalps.

New Jersey hair transplant patients are advised to avoid all swimming and scalp soaking until completely healed after hair surgery. Just to be safe, your surgeon may advise two to three weeks with only clean, clear water used to wash your head.

What to avoid after a hair transplant

After your procedure, you’ll need to avoid submerging your hair in water for the first few days. Your surgeon will provide instructions to carefully rinse the scalp, then graduate to gentle washing in the shower. No baths, swimming pools, hot tubs, swimming in oceans or lakes will be permitted. You’re also advised not to work up a sweat, both for the sake of keeping the scalp clean, and because your blood pressure should be steady and not elevated in the early weeks after surgery.

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What are the signs of hot tub folliculitis?

You may see a red, raised rash at your hair transplant donor or recipient sites. Rashes can be itchy and inflamed and may form pustules like pimples. It’s essential to see your surgeon in person if you begin to notice signs of increased swelling, pain, redness, discharge or intense itching after your procedure.

Scratching will make the bacteria spread and could damage your hair grafts. If left unchecked, folliculitis can worsen and kill your hair follicles, so they no longer produce hairs. That’s why it’s imperative to take your surgeon’s instructions seriously.

If your doctor suspects folliculitis, topical antibiotics can clear up the infection within a week, and they may prescribe oral antibiotics as well. Hair transplants in New Jersey have a low complication rate and most people heal fast- within roughly one week. To ensure optimal outcomes, a few restrictions, including skipping the hot tub, will be worth it.

Book a personal consultation to learn more about hair transplant surgery

If you’re considering a hair transplant in New Jersey, you’re invited to schedule a confidential consultation with our hair restoration experts at the Nova Medical Hair Transplant Clinic. Your scalp and hair growth will be assessed, and a treatment plan created to help you reach your goals.

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