Eliminating Scalp Discoloration After a Hair Transplant

11/12/2009 1:15:02 PM


I want to have a hair transplant but how long do I have to wear a cap? My question is: for how long does the redness on the scalp remain?


Hair transplant postoperative scalp discoloration (typically red or pink in color) can last a couple of weeks to a couple of months depending on the patient. Fair skinned individuals (especially those who are easily flushed) may experience elongated scalp discoloration, especially when dense packing is administered. Some hair restoration physicians will prescribe something if the patient's scalp remains pink for over a month or so.

Wearing a hat is a choice, but often helps conceal all the awkward stages of the procedure which usually lasts a couple months. This could be anything from shock loss, to extended redness, the dormant period, etc.

Topical concealers may help camouflage some of redness in areas of existing hair. It will also present the illusion of more fullness while you're waiting for your hair transplant to grow out.


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    Bill was the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and The Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 4 time hair transplant patient and has over 15,000 helpful posts on our hair restoration discussion forum. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s in Christian Counseling. In addition to his work in helping hair loss experiencing men and women finding the best hair transplant surgeons, he helps people with various addiction and mental health related issues in his free time. He enjoys weight lifting, kickboxing, movies, researching conspiracy related topics and spending time with his family.