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Can Dandruff after Hair Transplant Surgery Affect Hair Growth?

10/3/2012 4:10:29 AM

Question:

I had my hair transplant about a month and a half ago. Most of the transplanted hair has fallen out but I have a dandruff problem that is worrying me. Can dandruff harm transplanted hair? When I try to remove the dandruff with my fingernails, the transplanted hair comes off with it (mostly the ones that have not fallen out yet after the surgery). Is that normal? Can I use a dandruff shampoo? If yes, which one do you suggest?

Answer:

While mild dandruff a month after hair transplant surgery should not affect the growth of your transplanted hair, I advise against scratching your head with your nails to remove it. Repeated abrasion can lead to a condition known as traction alopecia.

Your primary goal should be to treat your dandruff medically. At 6 weeks post-op it’s perfectly safe to use medicated shampoos. I recommend Nizoral. Depending upon your country of residence, the 1% formula is typically available over-the-counter while a more potent 2% solution may require doctor’s prescription.

Above all, I highly recommend consulting with either yourhair restoration physician or a dermatologist in order to rule out any potentially more severe skin conditions. .

David (TakingThePlunge)

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