What Kind of Laser to Use on Cobblestoned Skin from Hair Transplant?

i had a hair transplant recently (about 4 months ago) that left me with little bumps that look like goose bumps. in addition the recipient area skin seems to be raised like there is a new layer of tissue that has formed under it.

is there any specific type of laser that can help with these things? im debating between active fx and fraxel restore but im open to other suggestions. thank u for ur time!

Doctor Answers 6

4 months...

...is a bit early to start using laser.  I'd wait minimum of 6 months then follow up with the surgeon who performed the procedure.  Co2 on a light setting may improve the scars down the road.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Hard to treat cobblestone scar after hair transplant surgery.

It is difficult to treat cobblestone scar after hair transplant surgery with satisfactory results.  You need to see a doctor for an exam before considering options.  Many patients with lasers/ fraxel / derm abrasions have tried but often find little improvement.  Each case is different.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Laser Treatments Following a Hair Transplant

It is too early to intervene at four months. What appears to be cobblestoning might resolve before the one-year mark. Revisit the matter if it persists beyond the one-year mark.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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