This hair loss question was answered by Dr. Glenn Charles of Florida who is a member of the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians. His professional answer is below.
It seems to me that in quite a few of the post-op photos posted by hair transplant patients, their scalps still have a pinkish tint in the recipient area, even after several months of recovery time. Is this just an artifact of the photography or is the coloration as noticeable in real life? Does this discoloration completely go away in most cases, or do traces of it typically remain?
The only patients that I have seen with post-operative redness lasting for more than 1-2 weeks are those with very fair skin. I try to warn patients with this skin type to expect prolonged redness after their hair transplant.
Some patients choose to get a little suntan prior to the hair restoration procedure in order to have the recipient area blend in a little better with the forehead.
I never recommend sun exposure without sun screen.
Dr. Glenn Charles
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