After Hair Transplant Procedure – Scalp Bumps, Folliculitis, Redness

During Thanksgiving, I met up with a former coworker from ages ago and he let me in on the fact he had a hair restoration procedure done in Los Angeles.

He asked about a minor post-surgical matter. This coworker of mine was experiencing minor pain and tenderness on the recipient transplant areas like his hairline and crown.

In addition, he saw what looked like red pimples and scalp bumps in the same area as well.

He asked me, “am I supposed to be on antibiotics? Will this hinder hair growth in a timely manner?”

Inflamed hair follicles, or folliculitis, especially of the hair, is considered normal in many patients and may be seen a few days after hair transplant surgery. In some cases, folliculitis may re-occur for as long as a few months after surgery as well.

Antibiotics do not need to be taken unless the lesions do not get better on their own, or if cellulitis (infection and inflammation of the tissues beneath the skin), or skin redness and swelling become evident due to infection. This is considered rare on the scalp but still notable.

Also, another sticking point is that, folliculitis does not pose an issue to the growth of transplanted hair and, in most cases, does not require any special treatment. The lesions usually open on their own but if they persist for more than two to three weeks, I suggest the person to revisit their hair transplant surgeon and have him open and drain the lesions.

Hair transplant surgeon and Medical Director of US Hair Restoration. Our goal is to re-establish a person’s self-image and self-esteem through modern medical and surgical services. Our hair restoration blog is a great source for people looking into hair restoration or just curious about our practice.

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