Folliculitis After Hair Transplant

Q:

FolliculitisHello Dr. Mohebi. I had a FUT transplant last month. I’ve noticed that I’m getting some pimples on my transplant area. You mentioned this is a possibility for me, but should I be worried that this will affect my growth? Also, is it safe to put Minoxidil on that area?

A:

It’s common to have a few pimples after a FUT (Follicular Hair Transplant) on the transplanted area.  These pimple-like lesions are called Folliculitis and they happen due to the inflammation of hair follicles. Folliculitis usually occurs between the first few weeks from your transplant through about 6 months from the time of your procedure.

There are generally no more than 3-5 at a time.  If you have more than that or if they become painful with significant skin redness, you need to have them seen and examined. Although they are self limiting and don’t hinder the growth of your grafts, we can easily drain them if they start bothering you.

Folliculitis doesn’t normally need antibiotic treatment and a simple drainage of the follicles usually treats the condition. Rogaine (Minoxidil) use over the areas that you have Folliculitis on is fine as long as it does not irritate the lesions.