Laser Resurfacing/Skin Treatment of Recepient Skin After Hair Transplant? (photo)

I got this bumpy skin after going through a hair transplant procedure to my beard region. (Please check Photographs) It seems like excessive skin with follicles was transplanted (Not sure though). Please let me know what exactly causes these bumps? And, what kind of skin treatment be beneficial in order to flatten and smoothen the skin without any further problems? Thanks much!

Doctor Answers 4

Cobblestonning on the recipient skin

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You reported that your skin is not smooth where you had your grafts placed. There are many reasons for this which are technical, but these may or may not apply to your surgery. Pitting or cobblestonning is the result of grafts that are not placed at skin level so if they are placed too deep, they pit, if they are slightly elevated they look like cobblestonning skin. If you can see the grafts, even if they are flush with the surrounding scalp, then the skin disc of the grafts were not removed. When this happens, the skin disc becomes hypo pigmented and takes on a whitish appearance. I always trim off almost all of the skin from each graft at the time of the surgery. These can be almost impossible to fix, but good camouflage with scalp micropigmentation does hide these very subtle deformities, if that is what you have.

Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Hair transplant surgery can leave scarring on the recipient site.

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Hair transplant surgery can leave scarring on the recipient site.  It is rare, but it happens.  It may go away over time.  It is always a good idea to check with your doctor on what you can do about it.  

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Treatment for Bumpy Skin After Hair Transplant

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The treatment for these bumps depends on how long ago you had surgery. With hair transplant, bumps/pimples are totally normal. They begin to form about 4 to 12 weeks out from surgery and can continue to erupt for several months. It might be trapped debris or skin, as you mentioned. It might also be new growth pushing its way out. Under these circumstances, the skin should clear up on its own, with time. However, if it has been more than 6 or 7 months since your surgery, I recommend you see a dermatologist. An antibiotic may be the first course of treatment.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Bumps with hair transplant

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This could be from the skin around the grafts or issues with the hair growth direction or something else.  The treatment to resolve it will depend on a closer in person examination and potentially a small skin biopsy.  You may want to visit a local dermatologist or plastic surgery doctor to help you out further.  

Rashid M. Rashid, PhD, MD
Houston Dermatologist

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