Pain: Keep on with the dose of pain killers prescribed by your doctors. Though, there is mostly no pain even after the transplant.
Swelling: It usually occurs between 3rd to 5th day after the procedure. The swelling usually begins at the hairline and then, from gravity, gradually moves down the forehead and settles into the bridge of the nose and around the eyes. Occasionally, it may cause the eyelids to swell and shut the eyes for a short period of time. Sometimes the swelling is extreme, but it always resolves by itself after a few days and does not require any special treatment. It should not be a cause for concern. Contact your doctor. They usually prescribe steroids to minimize swelling. Sleep with your head raised at a 45-degree angle for the first 3 nights after the procedure to prevent swelling. Apply ice cools compress 3 to 4 times a day. Recliner chair may be used. If the swelling is associated with redness, pain, tenderness, fever or chills, it may indicate an infection. Contact your doctor.
Bleeding: Sometimes bleeding may occur mostly due to the dislodging of transplanted grafts. Put a firm pressure with clean cloth for 10 to 15 minutes. Do not worry for dislodged grafts, but avoid any activity which dislodge the grafts.
Numbness: Numbness in felt in the donor and recipient area. It is because of cutting of small nerve endings in the skin during the course of strip extraction and creating the recipient sites. This generally disappears within a few months, as nerve endings re-grow.
Infection: It may occur in different area at different times.
Sutured area: If swelling and pain is prevailing on and near the sutured area (along with fever), contact your doctor.
Ingrown hairs may cause a cyst to develop in the area of a graft. They can develop over a graft that was placed several months earlier. Cysts present as local swelling and redness, with or without tenderness. contact your doctor.
Folliculitis: It is observed in almost all the patients over several months. It is a pimple like structure on the transplanted area with yellow top. It may be infectious or noninfectious and mostly occurs because of new hairs breaking through the skin. It subsides automatically in 3 to 4 days.
After resolution of one, another may develop. They do not require treatment. Worm compression helps, but if more than just a few develop at one time, or the skin in larger area becomes swollen, red, tender and hot with pain, then you should call your doctor as it may need antibiotics.
Scar: Scar on donor area is present due to the procedure. if the doctor has taken all measures to reduce scar then it will be minimized. The scar can be reduced in FUT by expert surgeons.
by judicious planning of strip length and width.
by limiting width of strip, tension on the wound can be reduced.
by avoiding damage to the hair follicles along the incision lines.
by trichophytic closure.
by multilayered suturing for reduction of tension.