24 days after fue, and have pimples on my head. Is it normal? I'm also shedding hair. Isn't it too early? (Photo)

I had fue hairtransplant 23 days ago and recently I started having pimples, is it normal or is there anything I should use on it. I try not to touch, except for washing and using rogain foam daily. I did my operation in Turkey so I can not show to my doctor as I live in Toronto , please let me know what I should do? In addition I started realizing it is shedding - isn't still too early to shed?

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You should email you doctor.  It may be irritation from some source such as Rogaine or infection.  It is difficult to say without seeing you.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 53 reviews

Pimples after three weeks

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Post op care and follow ups with hair transplant surgeon after the procedure is just as important as the procedure, if you are concerned you should always check with your doctor for advise. 

Michael Meshkin, MD
Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Rogaine causes irritation

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You don't have access or a way to contact your doctor?  You can't email your doctor?  It is a good idea to check with your doctor despite where you live and where you had surgery.  
Pimples can be normal but it can also be a sign of an early infection.  Rogaine can also cause irritation to your scalp.  Unless you see a doctor, you can't really start a treatment (if needed).  Find a local doctor in your area.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 105 reviews

Pimples after hair transplant

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It is difficult to see the pimples in the photo, but I urge you to first discuss this with your doctor in Turkey. If they start to get worse and spread, you should definitely seek local consultation, but this might difficult given that you already had your transplant performed out of the country.

Recent FUE pimples Rule out Infection

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Pimples in the scalp are not something commonly seen 3 weeks after hair transplant. You should seek the advice of our primary care doctor to check for signs of infection. You may well have a low grade staph infection, but see your doctor.

Brian Goertz, MD
Seattle Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Post op hair transplant

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Why not, first, email your doctor in Turkey with the same questions you submitted to RealSelf. 

If you do not get a satisfactory explanation, there are a  number of good hair transplant surgeons in the Toronto area. I would suggest you make an appointment with one of them who is willing to except a patient who was operated in another country. Without an in person examination and extensive history you will not get the answers  you want on this forum.. 

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD FACS
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon


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The pimples are hard to see but if it is an infection it could be very bad and it could destroy the transplant.  This is one of the disadvantages of a hair transplant in Turkey if you are not staying for the follow up.  You should get examined by a doctor for infection. 

Rashid M. Rashid, PhD, MD
Houston Dermatologist

Pimples, possible infection

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Folliculitis is an infection of your hair follicles and what yo are reporting may very well be this condition. You must see your doctor.It can clear up when your doctor prescribes you medications to treat it. You shouldn’t lose hair from folliculitis unless it is not treated promptly. 

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

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