15 Side Effects of Hair Transplant Surgery

Hair Transplant

Looking for ways to say goodbye to your baldness? We are sure you have considered the option of hair transplant surgery. Whether your baldness is due to genetics, stress, illness, diet, etc., it is definitely not a pretty sight. Hair transplant surgery has become very popular and you can find a number of clinics offering this treatment. Everyone is pretty aware of how beneficial a hair transplant surgery is, however, not many pay attention to its side effects.

Take a look at the below 15 side effects and then make a decision on whether you want to go ahead with this surgery or not.

Top 15 Side Effects Of Hair Transplant:

1. Itching:

Itching is a common side effect of the hair transplant procedure. The itching usually occurs on the area where the surgery has been done. But you can be rest assured that this side effect would be felt just for few days post-surgery. In order to get relief from this procedure quickly, you can wash your hair with a shampoo everyday.

2. Shock Loss:

Have you heard about a condition called shock loss? Wondering what is it? Well, one of the side effects of hair transplant surgery is that you would notice a sudden loss of your transplanted hair. Shocking right? Again you do not have to be worried about it since it is just a temporary loss. Now you know what shock loss means!.

3. Formation Of Crust:

There are chances of a thin crust forming on our scalp. Typically you would observe the crust forming on the area where the hair transplant surgery was carried out; be it removing of hair or implanting of hair. You might notice the crust shedding off in a couple of days. If it continues for a longer period of time, get in touch with your doctor.

4. Eye Bruises:

We are sure you wouldn’t have placed eye bruises as a side effect of hair transplant procedure. But it’s true! A lot of people have reported that after 3-5 days of their surgery, they have noticed bruises around their eyes which are painless. Doctors have confirmed that this is quite common and occurs when the fluids move downwards and get settled in the upper eyelids. The bruises will disappear on their own within a few days.

5. Infection:

You might be under the impression that infections after a hair transplant surgery are quite common. However, this is a rare side effect! They do occur but not every time. The simple reason behind infections being a rare side effect is that there are ample antibiotics which are given both pre- and post-surgery. So that’s another side effect that you don’t have to worry too much about.

6. Bleeding:

Unlike infections, bleeding is a common side effect that is seen in a hair transplant surgery. Most of time the bleeding can be stopped by putting a little extra pressure on the area where the bleeding occurs. However, there are chances that the bleeding might stop. In such instances, the doctor adds some extra stitches to make sure the bleeding stops.

7. Inflammation:

The inflammation of the hair follicles or folliculitis is the next side effect of hair transplant surgery in our list. The inflammation is caused due to fungus or bacteria. Usually the inflammation needs no additional care and it disappears on its own after a couple of days. But if you notice that the inflammation is not reducing then you can antibiotics or an anti-fungal cream to treat it.

8. Numbness:

Don’t panic if you notice some numbness on the area where the hair transplant was carried out. It is a given that you would not feel any kind of sensation on the area which was treated. This is again typically experienced fir just a short while.

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9. Scalp Swelling:

The swelling of your scalp or the forehead region is another side effect that you need to be prepared for while undertaking a hair transplant surgery. It is a common after effect and can cause slight pain as well in certain cases. Though the swelling would go down in a few days, you can consult with your doctor and take some medication for it as well.

10. Unnatural Tufts Of Hair:

After your hair transplant surgery, you might have some unnatural looking tufts of hair. Just like most of the other side effects, you don’t have to overly-worried or concerned about this side effect as well.

11. Thinning Of Hair:

After your hair transplant surgery, don’t get alarmed if you notice that your existing hair has also started thinning. Don’t assume that something has gone wrong with your surgery! This is just a post-surgery condition and there is nothing that you really have to do to fix it. You would notice the original thickness after a few months of the surgery.

12. Pain:

The best part and one of the major reasons why people opt for a hair transplant surgery is that it is a relatively painless procedure. Though it was reported that majority of the patients did not require any pain relievers, you cannot completely overlook this side effect. There are few people who have experienced slight pain which they overcame by taking the appropriate medications.

13. Hiccups:

Now this is a side effect that you might have never associated with a hair transplant surgery, isn’t it? 5 percent of the patients have reported that they had a case of hiccups after the surgery. If it persists for more than a couple of days, consult your doctor who can prescribe some medications to prevent it.

14. Scars:

When we say scars as a side effect, don’t start picturing zigzag lines running all over your head. There are very rare chances that you might have some scars in the form of ridges. If you do have keloid scars after your surgery, then it might be for genetic reasons.

15. Cysts:

The final side effect of hair transplant surgery in our list is cysts. These are mostly as tiny as pimples and can appear on the area where the surgery was done. They would disappear on their own after a couple of weeks.

There you have! 15 side effects of hair transplant which are mostly harmless. Looking at these harmless side effects, it is no wonder that this procedure is one of the most sought after procedures.

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