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Did Folliculitis Kill My Hair Transplant?

7/9/2009 11:20:29 AM

Question:

I had a bad case of folliculitis the first few weeks after my hair transplant and am worried that it will prevent it from growing. I am 98 days out from my surgery and still have some very distinct dark looking scars on my scalp. I'm not sure if they are from the procedure or permanent scarring from folliculitis. The folliculitis is gone though since my 30 day dose of erythromicin helped zap it. I have read that bad cases of folliculitis can scar and kill the hair follicle both which of course concerns me greatly.

Answer:

Though severe extended cases of folliculitis or other scalp infections may stunt transplanted hair growth, until your hair transplant matures, it's impossible to predict whether or not your case of folliculitis was severe enough to damage the hair follicles beneath the surface of the scalp. Hair follicles are pretty resilient and can survive a lot. Thus, it's quite possible that the grafts all survived and will grow to become a natural looking head of hair as anticipated.

I also recommend speaking directly with your hair restoration surgeon and see what he/she has to say.

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