Dear Dr. Rassman,
First of all please let me thank you upon your excellent work (as i overheard from sources). Am 25 year old and had a HT procedure of about 1600 grafts by strip method 4-5 weeks ago for increasing my facial hair density around the chin and goatee region and due to the fact that i live in the middle east i didn’t have the chance to perform it with you,otherwise things would have been different. Without any exaggeration am now having cruel restless nights with lots of suffering. I have two major problems or should i call them concerns, first is that the recipient areas are exhibiting significant redness (even after more than 4 weeks post-op). Add to this a long battle with infections, second is that after going through many forums, i’ve found that infinitely many people are depressed about their donor area linear scars as the scars tend to stretch and looks ugly which restrict them from having their heads shaved or get a simple buzzcut. Is there anything i can do about the redness of the transplanted areas? Sorry for elaboration but you are saving a man’s life Dr. Rassman
I am assuming that you had only the chin and goatee region hair transplanted. With that assumption, 1600 grafts seems a bit high. If larger than one hair grafts were used, I can imagine a great deal of reaction to them. including skin changes like puckering of the skin. If you look at typical beard hair, these hairs rarely are more than one hair per grouping so if you had more, then there are wound issues in healing which might point to problems. Without seeing you myself or knowing what you had, I can not be certain. Infections are rare indeed, but if you are having them they are most likely the results of cysts at this early stage where sebaceous glands from the transplanted hair are producing sebum below the skin and becoming reactive cysts. There are usually best treated with soaks at least twice daily and meticulous hygiene. Antibiotics may have value but good cultures should be done prior to starting antibiotics in the event that you have a bad organism causing the infections.
We have spent a great deal of time discussing scars in previous blogs.