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Scalp Pimples – One of the Side Effects of a Hair Transplant

Updated on Tuesday 11th February 2020

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Content overseen by Doctor Costin Pasnicu who has over 7 years of experience in the medical field and has performed numerous successful surgeries. He graduated from the renowned University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila" Bucharest.

After undergoing a hair transplant operation, a patient should consider a few side effects. However, these are temporary and specific recommendations will be made by our hair transplant surgeons in Turkey in order to reduce them. Among the most common side effects of hair restoration procedures are swelling and soreness on the recipient area, but also the appearance of scalp pimples.

Scalp pimples medically referred to as folliculitis, are possible side effects of a hair transplant operation. They are though, against appearances, a good sign as they show that hair growth is taking place under the scalp skin. When the pimples burst, the hair follicle might fall which is very normal. The loss on hair in that particular place is not permanent though, as the shed follicles grow back in three to four months’ time together with the other hair follicles which were transplanted on the recipient site after a hair transplant in Turkey.

Below, our doctors in Istanbul explain how to treat folliculitis after a hair transplantation procedure. You can rely on us for some of the most modern hair transplant methods if you plan on undergoing such a procedure in the near future.
 

What is folliculitis and is it normal to appear after a hair transplant?


Folliculitis is an inflammation of the area surrounding a hair follicle, hence its name. The inflammation looks like a pimple, however, as mentioned earlier it is quite common to appear after a hair transplant operation because of the stress put on the area of the scalp where the incision was made. Folliculitis does not appear only after a hair transplant, as it is a common inflammation of the scalp due to the sebaceous gland, meaning that people who do not need or have undergone a hair transplant can also have it. If you would like to read more about the hair transplant procedure in Turkey, we invite you to visit our homepage.
 

Folliculitis after a hair transplant – when does it appear?


In order to correctly determine if the patient has developed scalp pimples, it should be noted that the post-operative effects of a hair transplant appear in phases. Scalp pimples usually appear after the first two weeks from the transplant, as during this period of time the new hair grafts start growing. Also, scalp pimples can appear for a maximum period of six months, therefore there is no need for the patient to panic if he or she sees them for a longer period of time.

According to our doctors, scalp pimples appear because the implantation of hair grafts implies making small incisions into the skin. Once the hair graft is implanted, it can grow inward and thus cause inflammation. Then, scalp pimples appear. The patient needs not to worry if just a few bumps appear, however, if they are associated with swelling, redness, and pain, they should contact the doctor for further instructions.
 

Treatment options for scalp pimples after a Turkey hair transplant


Scalp pimples after a hair transplant have specific treatments. If the pimple presents a white head on the lesion, the patient can use a sterilized needle or a pin to thrust a small incision on the lesion and gently remove the pus or exudate. 

A lot of times, there is only a soft, red bump which does not have a head on the lesion. For this kind of scalp pimples occurring after a hair restoration, our hair transplant physicians in Turkey recommend that the patient places a hot compress on that area a few times during the day until the lesion becomes smaller and disappears and/or it transforms into a lesion which resembles more of a pimple, at which point the first measure can be utilized to treat it.

Avoiding this type of side effect after a hair transplant is quite difficult and there is no method of determining whether a patient will develop folliculitis or not. Patients are advised to maintain a very clean scalp to avoid scalp pimples after a hair restoration.
 

Reasons for folliculitis explained by our surgeons in Turkey


After a hair transplant in Istanbul, when the newly transplanted hair starts to grow, the hair structures are recreated by the body to complete the newly growing organ of the hair. The sebaceous gland, which is an extremely small, oil-producing gland connected to the hair follicle under the surface of the skin, could in many cases survive after hair transplantation. If this is the case, the gland will continue to put out sebum. The sebum is then pumped out through the pore of the skin where the hair went out from.
 

Recommendations for treating scalp pimples after a hair transplant


Considering folliculitis appears with only a few exceptions on patients undergoing hair transplant operation in our clinic in Turkey, our surgeons have created protocols which help patients deal with the less pleasant parts of such an operation.

Our hair transplant surgeons in Istanbul advise on:
 
  1.          medication to be taken by the patient before and after the hair transplant procedure;
  2.          specific ointments and shampoos to use after the hair transplant operation;
  3.          regular washing is also recommended in order to help with the reduction of inflammation;
  4.          the condition can be worsened when taking hot baths, which is why these are to be avoided after a hair transplant;
  5.          not using any color dye, tight hats or other headpieces which can affect the hair follicles and accentuate scalp pimples.
 
It is important to know that scalp pimples after a hair transplant will disappear on their own, compared to folliculitis developed prior to a hair transplant which needs separate medication. So, those who have not suffered from this condition prior to a hair transplant procedure will not remain with it after the operation.

Also, patients who know themselves with folliculitis prior to having a hair transplant are advised to inform the surgeon during the first consult in order to avoid problems after the procedure is completed.
 

FAQ on scalp pimples after a hair transplant


Even if it is quite common, many patients have questions about why scalp pimples appear and how to treat them. Here a few of these questions accompanied by the answers given by our hair transplant surgeons in Turkey:

1. Do scalp pimples appear on every patient undergoing a hair transplant?
No, not all patients develop folliculitis after a hair transplant operation.

2. How do I know I have developed folliculitis?
The most common signs of folliculitis are the appearance of small white dots or bumps on the transplanted grafts.

3. Does folliculitis affect the results of my operation?
No, folliculitis does not affect the results of a hair transplant operation, as it is a common side effect of such procedure and natural response of the sebaceous glands.

4. For how long do scalp pimples appear after a hair transplant?
Scalp pimples can appear for a few weeks and up to 6 months after a hair transplant.

5. It there anything I can do to prevent scalp pimples from appearing?
The preventive measures to take refer to avowing wearing tight headpieces, avoiding sun exposure and using topical creams, ointments, and shampoos as prescribed by the doctor.


If the scalp pimples after a hair transplant persist, speak to the surgeon who undertook the operation and let him or her determine the exact cause of it. If that is your case, we invite you to contact our hair transplant clinic in Turkey