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Question for Dr. Arvind Poswal on hyperpigmentation


#1

Dr. Poswal,

I am of Indian ethnicity and currently reside in the US. I’m considering a hair transplant, however, I’m concerned about hyperpigmentation that could occur as a result of placing grafts to the recipient sight. I am not dark for an Indian and I have a brown/olive complexion and in the past doctors have warned me about not having surgery to remove acne scars because of the risk of hyperpigmentation.

Since your practice is based in India, I’m assuming that you have operated on many Indian men who are probably the same skin tone as I am. Have you ever seen cases of hyperpigmentation in the recipient site as a result of placing the puncture wounds in which to insert the grafts? Is this a real risk for me since I have a brown skin tone?

Thanks


#2

» Dr. Poswal,
»
» I am of Indian ethnicity and currently reside in the US. I’m considering
» a hair transplant, however, I’m concerned about hyperpigmentation that
» could occur as a result of placing grafts to the recipient sight. I am
» not dark for an Indian and I have a brown/olive complexion and in the past
» doctors have warned me about not having surgery to remove acne scars
» because of the risk of hyperpigmentation.
»
» Since your practice is based in India, I’m assuming that you have operated
» on many Indian men who are probably the same skin tone as I am. Have you
» ever seen cases of hyperpigmentation in the recipient site as a result of
» placing the puncture wounds in which to insert the grafts? Is this a real
» risk for me since I have a brown skin tone?
»
» Thanks

We have over 70 cases documented in the patients archive. There are few known cases of hyperpigmentation among his patients.


#3

» Dr. Poswal,
»
» I am of Indian ethnicity and currently reside in the US. I’m considering
» a hair transplant, however, I’m concerned about hyperpigmentation that
» could occur as a result of placing grafts to the recipient sight. I am
» not dark for an Indian and I have a brown/olive complexion and in the past
» doctors have warned me about not having surgery to remove acne scars
» because of the risk of hyperpigmentation.
»
» Since your practice is based in India, I’m assuming that you have operated
» on many Indian men who are probably the same skin tone as I am. Have you
» ever seen cases of hyperpigmentation in the recipient site as a result of
» placing the puncture wounds in which to insert the grafts? Is this a real
» risk for me since I have a brown skin tone?
»
» Thanks

Dear Mullet,
It is true that different skin types heal differently.
The darker colored skins are more prone to hyperpigmentation following any injury (Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation).

However, the recipient slits are tiny and we have not seen instances of hyperpigmentation following graft transplant in our Indian patients.
As an added precaution, since you state you have a fair complexion, you may avoid prolonged sun exposure, like sunbathing, for 3-4 months following hair transplant.

Let me know if you have any further queries.
Regards,
Dr. A


#4

» » Dr. Poswal,
» »
» » I am of Indian ethnicity and currently reside in the US. I’m
» considering
» » a hair transplant, however, I’m concerned about hyperpigmentation that
» » could occur as a result of placing grafts to the recipient sight. I am
» » not dark for an Indian and I have a brown/olive complexion and in the
» past
» » doctors have warned me about not having surgery to remove acne scars
» » because of the risk of hyperpigmentation.
» »
» » Since your practice is based in India, I’m assuming that you have
» operated
» » on many Indian men who are probably the same skin tone as I am. Have
» you
» » ever seen cases of hyperpigmentation in the recipient site as a result
» of
» » placing the puncture wounds in which to insert the grafts? Is this a
» real
» » risk for me since I have a brown skin tone?
» »
» » Thanks
»
» Dear Mullet,
» It is true that different skin types heal differently.
» The darker colored skins are more prone to hyperpigmentation following any
» injury (Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation).
»
» However, the recipient slits are tiny and we have not seen instances of
» hyperpigmentation following graft transplant in our Indian patients.
» As an added precaution, since you state you have a fair complexion, you
» may avoid prolonged sun exposure, like sunbathing, for 3-4 months
» following hair transplant.
»
» Let me know if you have any further queries.
» Regards,
» Dr. A