Psoriasis & Hair transplants
Hair transplants are usually fine for patients with limited scalp psoriasis.
Theoretically, psoriasis can 'flare' with any surgery. It's quite rare but any trauma to the skin can cause psoriasis to worsen. This is called the 'koebner phenomenon.' For this reason, it's a good idea for an individual with psoriasis to get his or her psoriasis under good control before surgery. A dermatologist can guide with this, but treatments commonly include topical steroids, topical vitamin D agents or both. Other treatments are also possible.
After surgery, it's a good idea to monitor for flaking and itching. Significant 'flares' of psoriasis are quite uncommon after hair transplantation in my experience but it's always a good idea to have a plan in a place should it occur.
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