8 months post-HT itching on planted area.

Today is my 8th month of post-HT. My hair density is still too low and it is almost same as it was on 6th month.From last week my transplanted area (frontal) is continuiously itching. I am also noticing a number of small redish bumps on the skin of the frontal transplanted area. I guess, these bumps are itching. Is it a bad sign? What are these bumps? How to get rid of these bumps and itching irritation? I am regularly using minoxidil twice a day.

Doctor Answers 9

Unhappy and complaints at 8 months

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At the 8th month I would expect to see over 80% of the final hair growth to styling length so if You are not happy, go back and see your doctor

Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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It can take 6 to 12 months after surgery to see results. If you are concerned it is best to contact your doctor

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It can take 6 to 12 months after surgery to see results.  If you are concerned it is best to contact your doctor.  If you have bumps it is also a good idea to see your doctor to find out what it is.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Is it Normal to Experience Itching 6-8 Months After a Hair Transplant?

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Experiencing an itchy scalp a couple weeks post op is very common.  However, if you are still experiencing an itchy scalp & red bumps 8 months post op I would highly recommend seeing your hair transplant physician and/or dermatologist.  In regards to hair growth, it typically takes patients 12-15 months to see full results, but by month 8 you should have seen some growth.  Again, I would suggest setting up an appointment with your doctor sooner than later.

Glenn Charles, DO
Boca Raton Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Hair Transplant Recovery

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Thank you for sharing the question.

In response to your query, If you are not noticing an increase in density from the past 2 months, I really think you should have re-consult your plastic surgeon who has done the procedure for you. Normally, by 6 months lot of the hair is come out and result gradually keeps increasing or rather improving for the next 4 to 5 months. And almost every month you should be noticing somewhat improvement over the previous month. So if you are not too happy with the hair growth, just see your doctor once. Further as regards the bumps, what you are having is known as folliculitis. Generally, folliculitis only occurs in the first couple of months. It’s not a common occurrence after so many months of the transplant. So, I think it is a good idea to see some skin specialist; you may be having some seborrheic dermatitis or some other skin condition which may be causing this. So, it’s not a bad idea to consult a dermatologist at this stage and just rule out any other problem.

Regards, Dr. Amit Gupta

HT itching on planted area.

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İtching on transplant area after 8 months of surgery is not normal case and need to be examined. minoxidil may cause irritation of the skin, redness, dryness, itchiness and dandruff because of alchol content of minoxidil  and very rarely dizziness or even heart palpitations. It would be better to  consider using a lower dose/percentage. All of side effects are assumed to go away soon after stopping to use it.

Ilhan Serdaroglu, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon

8 months post-HT itching on planted area.

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It is unusual to have these symptoms this long after surgery- contact your surgeon and ask to be seen and evaluated.

Karl Hekimian, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Itching Post Hair Transplant

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Would it be possible to share few pictures of your transplanted area with the reddish bumps mentioned above?

Itching at the 8th month .!!

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itchy scalp is a very frequently occurring after effect of hair transplant surgery. This is a very widespread problem and most people get affected by it immediately after the surgery. Such an outcome may require immediate medical attention. It’s a short term side effect and doesn’t last longer than four to five days in most instances. It’s a curable condition and use of a saline solution or a shampoo can get rid of this issue pretty fast. ,If the itching is continue till this time with bumps then  absolutely you have to see a doctor  

The hair growing will continue till 1 year after the operation,  in the 8th month you should have 90 % from the operation results   

Mehmet Resat Arpaci, MD
Turkey Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Causes of scalp itching

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Scalp itching can have a number of causes but is usually an indicator of a degree of inflammation. It is often mediated by histamine.

If the itching is post scalp transplant and associated with bumps then it might be due to infective or non-infective folliculitis.

You should discuss your concerns with the doctor who did your hair transplant surgery. Either that doctor, or a dermatologist who specialises in hair and scalp disorders, should examine your scalp in person to reach a diagnosis and suggest the appropriate treatment.

Greg Williams, FRCS (Plast)
London Hair Restoration Surgeon

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