Years ago, I underwent an antiquated hair transplant surgery where multi-unit, hair plug grafts were implanted in my hairline. After years of turmoil, I’ve decided to have these pluggy grafts removed, or punched-out, and seek a modern, state-of-the-art hair transplant procedure at a later date. However, I’m wondering how long it will take before the redness caused by the hair plug removal procedure fades away?
Because of the size of multi-unit, plug grafts, it’s reasonable to worry about redness and swealling from a removal procedure. Keep in mind that although hair plugs are removed much like follicular unit grafts in a follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure, the trauma caused by the size of the punch grafts will result in some swelling and redness in the extraction area. For the sake of comparison, a typical follicular unit extraction tool will measure 0.7 – 0.9 mm in diameter, whereas the average plug graft measures (and will require an extraction tool) 3.5 – 4 mm in width.
On average, the redness created by hair plug removal will last anywhere from 2 – 3 weeks. However, keep in mind that the wider the graft, the more trauma caused during extraction, and the longer the area will remain red. For example, a micro or mini-graft (a plug graft dissected into smaller, but still unnecessarily large segments) extraction would remain red for less time than a punch or plug graft removal.
Blake – aka Future_HT_Doc
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