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Are Pimples Common after Hair Transplant Surgery?

5/25/2012 4:39:11 AM

Question:

I have noticed some red dots and scabbing on my scalp in the graft site. I had a 2000 graft hair transplant about a month and a half ago. Also, no new hairs have sprouted. Any advice on how to get rid of the blisters or if this is normal?

Answer:

Pimples are normal after hair transplant surgery and are regarded as a sign of hair growth activity below the surface of the scalp. I’d say yours are appearing a bit early but everyone is different.

Generally, there is nothing that needs to be done. They will resolve themselves in due time. If you have some that are particularly large and painful you can bathe them with a warm washcloth and gently lance them with a sterilized needle.

If you see severe acne or anything that looks serious consult your doctor immediately. A very few patients may develop folliculitis requiring treatment with antibiotics.

For expert advice on dealing with pimples see the following article by Coalition member Dr. Cam Simmons from our Hair Loss Q&A Blog:

Dealing With Pimples 3 Months After Hair Transplant Surgery


David (TakingThePlunge)
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