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Is it common to have some permanent "uneven terrain" in the recipient area?

I'm talking slightly uneven.

 

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I just got a FUT a month ago and I have the same issue going on. If I run my hand through my recipient area it feels really bump like a cobblestone street and in fact there's something called "cobblestoning" in the HT world which is not good. I reached out to my surgeon and he said that this is because the tissue in that area is still healing and can take up to a year.

But i'm curious what others have to say about this.

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It’s not very common, but can occur, if you experience some bumpiness post op I would wait for the wounds to completely heal. Do you have any pictures you can post?


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This is my post. You can't really see it but I can totally feel it and it has me a little worried. I also have a little bit of a dry scalp going on which isn't helping. Any recommendations on that?

 

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I looked at your pictures and can’t see any “cobblestone” appearance. The hair hasn’t grown yet and you are still healing, it is normal to feel some slight uneven texture of your skin, once the hairs grow you will no longer feel anything. 


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Yeah, I'm hoping that it and it will go away in a few months. Feels very strange though. I'll keep this thread updated.

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This is one of my biggest fears of a ht.. the cobblestonning ,, bumpiness of the skin ..it should be common sense that this would happen ,, incisions into ur skin , or hairs that are implanted incorrectly .. lots of variables that can cause the skin to look bumpy while the growing hair n the damage to the scalp will cause this effect .. but if we heal right .. it should correct itself .. it takes time some longer than others ..

im also worried about the redness too .. some takes longer to heal than others ,, it’s the risk we take when we do surgery .. our scalp just got a hit with a few thousand cuts n bruises , our body is good at healing thought .. give it some time .. best wishes 

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Cobblestoning and ridging are probably the worst feeling things.  Just be careful, folks say it can be temporary but it can also be permanent needing further surgery to correct it.  Fml

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There is a common misconception with this. I also was a bit worried about the recipient after my first HT 3 years ago because I simply didn't know what to expect. I see similar concerns on this forum a lot and I believe 99% of the people are actually seeing what is shown in my pic here.

The recipient is going to be rough and bumpy for awhile after a HT....there is going to be inflammation, tiny follicles/holes where the grafts were implanted, etc. Especially once the transplanted hair initially sheds...it's going to look and feel raised/rough/shiny/scarred. I attached a pic here about a month after my very first transplant so you can see what I mean. You can see it basically looks like hamburger....lots of pock marks, etc. That was my hairline and the normal skin below it is my forehead.

Trust me, THIS IS COMMON. 

Unless someone takes pics in the exact light...you simply would never pick this skin/orange peel texture up in other peoples' pics....but trust me, it's there. Their skin is ALL the same after a HT...especially in an area that had little to no hair previously. Harrylloyd...you and I both had Dr. K....cobblestoning will NEVER be an issue with him or really any other surgeon these days...it's rare (even on failed HT's). I freaked out about this for about a month and feel like an idiot now for ever even thinking it was something bad....but again, I didn't know what was normal because I could never pick it up in other peoples' pics due to their lighting and angles. After my subsequent HT's, I did not really notice this....but I had a lot more hair in those areas and I feel the trauma was less (due to less grafts being placed the 2nd and 3rd times versus the 1st time).

I assure you it went away 110% and my skin in these areas feels and looks perfectly smooth and normal like it did before I ever had surgery (and I have been transplanted into that area 2 more times since). Hair started to fill those areas in well after 4-5 months and I am sure it was undetectable at that point due to the hair and it eventually just healed up overall....remember, skin can take a solid year to 18 months to heal.

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Cobblestoning is something that is visually distinctive.


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