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Potential Problems After Hair Transplant Surgery

5/8/2018 10:09:13 AM

Today's modern hair transplant surgery can restore hair to completely bald areas and improve a man's (and woman's) self-confidence.  But what happens if a hair transplant goes wrong?  What are some of the most common concerns after undergoing surgery with a top hair restoration surgeon? Below, we list 3 postoperative issues that concern hair transplant patients. Note that each physician has their own list of hair transplant post-operative instructions and thus, the information provided in this article should not replace their instructions. 

1. Scalp Redness After Hair Transplant Surgery

Redness in the hair transpant recipient area occurs when micro-incisions are created in order to place the follicular units into the balding or recipient area. It is normal for skin to become red while healing from surgical trauma. In general, individuals with a darker complexion recover faster than fair skinned patients. It is recommended to wear hats and use sun block if being exposed to powerful Ultra Violet (UV) rays for the first 4 months.  Scalp redness is typically indicative of some minor inflammation of the skin, which is normal after hair restoration surgery but can turn into folliculitis or other skin-based infections if patients don't follow their hair surgeon's postoperative instructions or for unknown reasons.  Patients should speak to their hair surgeon if they suspect folliculitis or other infections. 

 2.  Crusting/Scabbing After Hair Transplantation

In a study conducted by Coalition Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr. Robert Bernstein, he noted that the presence of crusting increased the risk of grafts being dislodged and consequently being lost. Thus, keeping the recipient site clean and free of crusts and scabs will decrease the chances of grafts becoming dislodged and ultimately lost.

 3. Sun Damage to Transplanted Hair

It is critical to limit how often you expose your scalp (namely the transplanted area) to the sun.  This is because strong Ultra Violet (UV) ray exposure can penetrate the epidermis (surface layer) and damage hair follicles that have not yet healed. It is recommended to limit sun exposure for the first 4 months.  During this time, it's advised to wear a hat or use sunscreen of SPF 30 and above.

Conclusion

Knowing how to handle/avoid the above listed post-operative issues will decrease the likelihood of poor growth in the recipient site. It is important to remain patient and understand that hair transplantation is a process of recovery, shedding, growth, and maturation that can take up to 18 months to fully manifest.

Written and Published By,

Melvin, Editorial assistant of the Hair Transplant Network