Mon 22 Feb 2010
I’m approaching the 3 month mark after hair transplant surgery and I’m starting to get some pimples in the receipeint area. My question is if i pop them will it hurt the grafts? I know that they say at 10 days you would have to surgically remove the follicular units and that you cannot lose them, but what damage can popping the pimples do?
This hair loss question was answered by Dr. Cam Simmons of Toronto, Canada, who is a highly esteemed member of the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians.
If you are getting more than a couple of pimples at a time, please contact your hair restoration doctor. Pimples don’t usually affect the final results but they can be a nuisance. There are some simple measures that your doctor can recommend to reduce the number of pimples you get. These could include such things as warm salt-water soaks, topical antibiotics or other lotions, or oral antibiotics (like acne medications for teenagers.) The treatment your hair loss doctor will choose would depend on the severity of the pimples.
I would recommend against squeezing any pimples. If they break inwards instead of outwards you could get inflammation and scarring under the skin. Big or painful pimples can be punctured with a sterilized needle to release the pressure but you should follow your own doctor’s recommendations.
Ironically the pimples tend to be at their worst before the transplanted hair has grown enough to hide them. Hopefully your pimples will disappear and you will see some good hair growth soon.
Cam Simmons MD ABHRS
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