Mon 20 Oct 2008
I am 3 weeks out from a hair transplant and I will be going to Florida in a few weeks. I will be wearing a hat most of the time but during the times I’m not I want to wear a sunscreen that is safe for my transplant, follicles etc. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.
This question was posed by a hair loss sufferer seeking hair loss help on our hair restoration forum and answered by Dr. Ricardo Mejia of Jupiter, FL who is one of our recommended hair restoration physicians. His professional answer is below.
At 3 weeks, the follicular unit grafts are properly rooted and the skin is healed. You should be fine using any sunscreen as they will not cause any damage to the hair follicles. Look for sun blocks that have zinc or titanium dioxide although if you have a lot of natural hair this could be messy. Spray sun blocks are easier on the scalp where you have hair.
It is best to use hats, seek shade and use sun block and reapply frequently. The sun is intense here in Florida. More sunburns increases the risk of skin cancers which if they occur on the scalp or hair bearing areas will cause hair loss and graft destruction with subsequent hair restoration surgery and or radiation treatment.
Cover up and protect!!
Dr. Ricardo Mejia