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Changes in the hair or scalp after hair transplantation may cause panic in some people. One of these problems that cause panic is dandruff. Dandruff formation after hair transplantation can be seen due to different reasons. Why does dandruff occur after hair transplantation? Is it normal? Will it go away on its own? You can find all the details are in our article.


What Causes Dandruff After Hair Transplantation?

Dandruff formation immediately after hair transplantation is considered a normal condition. Especially in techniques such as FUE and DHI, grafts are collected one by one from the donor area and micro-wounds occur there. With the healing of the wounds, the dead skin is removed from the scalp. This causes the perception of dandruff.

To emphasize again, if dandruff is seen during the healing period of micro wounds after hair transplantation, this is extremely normal. It is even considered a good sign.


Dandruff After Hair Transplantation is a Good Sign

Although hair transplantation is different from traditional surgical procedures, it is a surgical procedure. In this process, mini incisions are made on the scalp during the channel opening process for graft collection and placement of grafts, which are the techniques that have been preferred intensively in recent times. During their healing process, the dead skin remains in the form of flakes and then falls off.

Dandruff after hair transplantation is usually a sign of the healing process. Dandruff that occurs during this period generally does not have a different cause and does not indicate that the health of the hair is deteriorating.

Shock shedding (temporary hair loss) that occurs after hair transplantation is normal. Your surgeon will give you detailed information about this subject. After the shock shedding, the grafts are fully placed in their places and allow the hair to grow again in 2-3 months on average.

Dandruff After Hair Transplantation is a Good Sign

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Causes of Scalp Exfoliation

Dandruff that occurs due to the healing process of hair transplantation may have different causes. Dandruff generally refers to a weakening of the immune system and changes in cells. Some deficiencies or diseases attract attention as the most important causes of persistent dandruff.

The condition of the scalp is of great importance when it comes to dandruff. Dry or very oily scalp is considered a problem. On the basis of oily scalp, sebum glands work more than normal, while dry scalp is based on unhealthy and heat-based hair care. The conditions mentioned can be potential triggers for hair loss.

Before having hair transplantation, you should make sure that you do not have such problems. If you have such problems, you should definitely have them treated before hair transplantation. Otherwise, the results of hair transplantation may not fulfill your expectations.


How to Deal with Dandruff After Hair Transplantation?

Fighting dandruff after hair transplantation is different from the fight against dandruff seen in the normal period. Traditional anti-dandruff shampoos and lotions should not be used during this period. Because such shampoos and lotions can damage the scalp, which becomes sensitive after hair transplantation. Things to do to combat dandruff after hair transplantation can be summarized under two headings:


Things to Do in the First 2 Days

The first 2 days after hair transplantation is of critical importance. In this process, you should act extra carefully and not risk hair transplantation. After the first 2 days, you can take advantage of a special lotion option to combat dandruff on your scalp. You should contact your surgeon who performed the operation and use the special lotion mentioned with his/her approval.

This special lotion is applied to the scalp for 45 minutes and positively affects the healing process. Moderate pressure warm water is used when rinsing the lotion. After that, the hair is washed with a special shampoo recommended by your surgeon and the procedure is terminated.

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Use Only the Special Shampoo Your Doctor Recommends

Some special shampoos give effective results in removing dandruff. These shampoos, which are used for dandruff after hair transplantation, also support the healing process. Such shampoos, recommended and approved by your surgeon, can allow hair follicles to breathe and grow much easier. It is recommended to wash your hair daily in the first two weeks after hair transplantation.

Shampoo Your Doctor Recommends

After washing with shampoo, a hair dryer should not be used in the drying process. It is recommended to air dry the hair, but it can also be dried very lightly without pressing with a towel.

After the first two-week period, you can start using the special shampoo. With the approval of your doctor, normal shampoos can be started to be used.


Does Dandruff Go Away On Its Own?

It is very difficult to guarantee that the dandruff occurring after hair transplantation will completely disappear and will not come back. At this point, in addition to using special shampoos, paying attention to what you eat can contribute to overcoming dandruff. A proper diet can give effective results in the treatment of dandruff. After hair transplantation, the following foods are recommended to be consumed by experts:

  • Lean meat
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Fish
  • Eggs

Another issue to be considered for dandruff after hair transplantation is iron and zinc. Iron positively affects the transport of oxygen in the blood and blood circulation. Iron deficiency can cause dandruff. Therefore, the right amount of iron intake can make dandruff go away on its own. Similarly, zinc is also effective in the healing process. Acceleration of healing can make dandruff disappear in a short time.

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Other Precautions

The basis of other measures to be taken against dandruff is the protection of hair health. The healthier your hair, the lower the risk of dandruff. The precautions you will take after hair transplantation can be listed as follows:

  • Protection of the scalp from impacts
  • Use of disposable pads and neck pillows during the healing process
  • Not exposing the scalp to direct sunlight
  • Not to force the body unnecessarily and not to exert effort.



Dandruff after hair transplantation is a condition that should be taken seriously. Although it is considered normal to have dandruff right after hair transplantation, it is necessary to investigate whether there are different underlying causes of this condition.

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The source of the problem is determined in a short time with a detailed examination by Cosmeticium doctors, who have serious expertise and experience in hair and hair transplantation, and then the necessary treatment is applied.


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