March 5 2015, 6:55 am PT | Posted in: Hair Loss Causes
I had an FUE transplant of 1000 grafts to my hairline 4.5 weeks ago. I’m a 40-year-old man and up until now, I’ve never had sensitive skin or allergies. Most of the scabs fell off two weeks following the procedure, but some scabs remained into the third week. The scabs that did stay then developed into red shiny scar-like tissue with some whiteheads. I reported it to the specialist over the phone and via email, but cannot visit as it was not a local clinic.
At first they advised me that it was not a major concern and instructed me to apply a Heparin cream to the affected areas. At that time, most of of the transplanted hairs were still there. A few days later, I sent photos to the specialist as the inflammation had not changed and they told me to continue with the Heparin. Into the fourth week, when the situation had still not changed and a significant amount of the transplants had fallen out, they referred me to a local dermatologist. She looked at it and didn’t know what to suggest as she has little knowledge of transplants, but she did advise me to switch shampoos, from a general over-the-counter baby shampoo to one that she was more neutral.
Today, they advised me to begin applying an antibiotic steroid cream (flumetazone[?] and neomycin). Three days ago a lot of the transplants fell out.
At this point, I don’t entirely trust their opinion anymore and I’m hesitant about the steroid cream, though I did apply it today. I’m extremely worried that this is going to be a failed transplant and suspect I’ll have to do it again.
You need a good evaluation and examination of your scalp by a doctor so you can get a diagnosis of what is going on. It is unfortunate you do not trust the surgeons who you paid thousands of dollars for your surgery.
The best advice is seek a local doctor who will see you and examine you. Your family doctor should be able to make an ‘infection diagnosis’ if that is a concern. I do not diagnose or give personal surgical advice on Baldingblog.
In general inflammation can be a sign of infection and you should get this confirmed before you treat the issue.