A week ago my grafts were exposed to the sun for approximately 10 mins. I didn’t burn but I did go slightly pink most noticeably on my right temple. To be honest I didn’t worry about it at all at first as from what I gathered from researching previous posts here your pretty much safe up to a first degree burn.
Over the last couple of days however I’ve lost a few newly sprouted transplanted hairs where the discolouration is on my scalp. In fact they emerged just before I was exposed to the sun so only 1 week old. I’m slightly concerned as I assume the only reason this would happen is if the follicles were going back into a resting phase or if they have died.
Is it possible sun exposure can cause follicles to shed but then regrow? I’m 9 weeks post op and had just experienced some early growth about week 7/8. Your opinion would be greatly valued.
I wouldn’t think you have anything to worry about regarding your sun exposure. I don’t know why your newly emerged grafts disappeared, but 10 minutes in the sun will not harm the follicles and I doubt it will affect your scar. The ultraviolet light is what you want to avoid, so in the future I’d recommend applying sunscreen to your scalp (SPF 45 or higher).
If you are still worried, follow up with your doctor.