I am a 30-year old male and one week ago, I had a FUE Hair Transplant along my front hairline. I am concerned that there may be lingering redness in this area which will make it obvious that I had a procedure performed to co-workers.
In addition to products such as Vitamin-E, Aloe Vera, etc. to reduce redness, what are your thoughts about using a self-tanning lotion along the top of the forehead/hairline to blend the redness in this area to my natural skin color (assuming I used the tanning lotion on the rest of my face as well and didn’t go overboard with it)?
Assuming I waited a couple of weeks after the surgery, would the tanning lotion in any way harm the future growth of these grafts or pose any other risks?
In those patients who have a tendency to become red (and hold on to the redness after a transplant), I treat them with a copper peptide treatment. This works to reduce the redness and shorten the ‘red’ time, but if not started immediately, it will not have value. The use of steroids are routine for my post-operative period and when they are started at surgery, they do reduce the redness.
As for the other products you asked about:
- Tanning lotion — I do not believe that this will work
- Vitamin E — this may have limited value when used topically
- Aloe vera — this does not help manage the redness
These are really questions that your transplant doctor should be addressing. I can not offer you much real advice without knowing more about you, but I may be able to come to a solution if I saw you in person.