Ice Compress to Reduce Swelling After a Hair Transplant?

Q:

Hello Doctor,

I was wondering if it is okay to ice the forehead and donor area to reduce potential swelling. I will make sure to not touch the grafts in the recipient area.

A:

Some people may recommend putting cold compress or ice, after a hair transplant, on the donor or recipient areas. However, it may not affect the swelling much, since the swelling which happens after a hair transplant, is mostly post-inflammatory swelling. Post-inflammatory swelling is generally a secondary reaction to the healing of your scalp skin.

However, if putting ice around the transplanted area, such as on the forehead or on donor area, makes you feel better you may carefully do so. Make sure to keep the contact time for ice minimum and do not leave the compress on one spot longer than a few seconds in order to prevent tissue ischemia.