I would first like to thank you for this very informative site. My question has to do with post operational side effects. Specifically, I had FUE/FUT 1.5 months ago. Unfortunately I have something my doctor called histamine positive skin. As a result there is redness in the recipient area. My first question is related to that.
How long would it take for such redness to fade away and what can I do to reduce that amount of time? Additionally, in the donor area, there is a significant amount of redness and the hair growth appears limited. Is this to be expected? And what is the time frame for full recovery of the donor area? My doctor is quick to say it will all be fine in a few months but I wanted a second opinion as well as anything I should keep an eye on to better facilitate the recovery of that area.
This was my first surgery and I only had 1000 grafts transplanted.
If your doctor was helpful enough to explain a histamine reaction to you, how is it possible that you were not told how long it would last? I often do a scratch test to the scalp or forehead to preselect those patients who are histamine positive. In general, every patient is different and the redness can last several weeks to months. 1 to 2 months would seem on the long side.
Unfortunately this is not a place for second opinions as I do not know what you are really experiencing. All hair transplants are not the same, especially FUE, as there are many variables such as size of punch, techniques of extraction, the drugs you take, the allergies you have, etc, etc.