I had a hair transplant 5 years ago. Some months after the procedure, I noticed some persistent pain and sensibility in my scalp, mainly in the scar and areas near it (example: where the eyeglasses touch my head). But it did not heal. The areas near the scar are extremely sensitive. I need eyeglasses to work but its impossible to use them (my astigmatism is incompatible with contact lenses), so my situation is very hard.
Some surgeons said that its necessary to remove the scar, because I could have some neuromas. The scar is very homogeneous, it is not wide, and the HT was made by a very experienced surgeon. He said that this never happened to his patients and has no idea of what happened with me.
I went to some pain specialists (psychiatrists) that told me to take amitriptilin (50mg/day) and pregabalin (Lyrica, 225mg/day). None of them had any effect. Other things I already tried are: laser therapies, topical capsaicin and local injections of corticoids. No results.
Now, the surgeons think that the only thing to do is to a surgery to completely remove the scar, like a new strip (very very thin) for hair transplant, without transplanting follicles. Do you think it is a good idea or the situation can become even worse?
I already did lots of search and some web sites and surgeons comment that it is possible (very rare) to have persistent pain after years of HT, but I never found suggestions of how to treat it.
You have risk no matter what you decide. Have you had injections of steroids into the painful part of the scar? I would need to evaluate you before giving you a recommendation. I’ve written before about nerve damage from a hair transplant in some past posts that might have some value to you: