What are these small bumps I have in my recipient area?

I am post-op surgery and I noticed small bumps in my recipient area, What are these small bumps? You asked Forhair, here is the answer.

Category: After surgery (Post-Operative) FAQ's

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Bumps in the recipient site of transplants are normal and should not impact results. They happen across all today's most prevalent hair transplant methods, as significantly less invasive as these methods are in comparison with those from the past. Put simply, superficial scalp wounds are a natural part of hair transplant surgery. Such wounds happen in two ways.

Extractions: The part of the procedure that poses the greatest risk for scars, donor harvesting involves using a method to extraction of viable follicular grafts.

Transplantation: Significantly less invasive, transplantation involves placing donor grafts into recipient sites, causing superficial damage to the area.

Of emerging options, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is the least invasive and offers the fastest recovery. Forhair most often uses Cole Isolation Technique (CIT®), Dr. Cole's namesake FUE variant and one of the least invasive options available. CIT® almost never leaves noticeable scars and, with the addition of ACell treatment, exclusively offers the chance of donor regeneration: stem cell remnants from extraction sites regenerate 30% to 40% in total, or 300 to 400 new follicles for 1000 single extractions. Even CIT®, though, requires some invasiveness in both extracting and transplanting grafts.    

Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), the next most recent option, involves extracting a swath of scalp that always leaves a noticeable orbital scar. Recovering from this procedure requires more time than FUE, as well more care and attention from the patient. In addition to the extraction site, patients must also mind recipient areas that will have a similar reaction to FUE or CIT®.

Bumps after a hair transplant surgery almost always involve recipient sites. These are actually retained hair fragments: pieces of hair strands that have disconnected themselves from their grafts but have not yet fallen out. They typically exit the transplant wounds naturally but can sometimes become stuck.

Patients who attempt to purposefully remove hair fragments should always follow post-procedure instructions. Damage to grafts can significantly impact results. When instructions, or Forhair specialists, indicate patients can remove hair fragments they should first try lightly scrubbing their head with a soap and a washcloth. Doing so can dislodge any hair fragments. Stubborn hair fragments, meanwhile, can easily, and without blood and pain, with a pair of tweezers. Such removal is easy enough but patients should still be cautious of damaging the grafts.


People commonly mistake these ‘bumps’ for ingrown hairs, however, they are actually retained hair fragments. They typically fall out on their own following surgery but will occasionally get stuck as new hairs try to grow through. Although there is no medication to eliminate these bumps, there is a simple treatment: with a clean pair of tweezers, simply remove any non-growing hair fragments. These hair fragments should slide right out. You can also try scrubbing your scalp with soap and a wash cloth to try and dislodge any non-growing hair fragments. These retained hair fragments are no cause for concern and actually indicate that new hairs are trying to grow.


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