How long does redness last after a hair transplant ?
Everyone undergoing a hair transplant needs to be aware of what to expect in the first 4 weeks post op.
One of the considerations is post op redness. For reasons that are poorly understood, some individuals have redness in the transplanted recipient area that persists. Individuals with lighter coloured skin are at higher risk.
The above photo shows persisting redness in a patient 4 weeks post transplant. Given the patient's longer hair, it is easy to hide. It persisted until 12 weeks. (3 months).
It can be difficult in some cases to get ride of the redness if your skin type predisposes you to redness. However, the redness will fade with time. It can frustrating and patience is required. Options such as mild topical corticosteroid lotions and creams can be used but are often disappointing. Camouflaging options can be reviewed as well (DermMatch, Toppik, Couvre)
Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299