Side Effects of a Hair Transplant

Side effects of hair transplantation are issues that should be known before the operation. Learning these side effects is important for understanding hair transplant risks and complications.

1- Temporary Thinning of Your Hair

In addition, the transplanted hair almost always falls out after transplantation. What happens, both to the transplanted hair and to the shocked areas, is that the hair follicles suddenly go into telogen, or a resting state. After a few months, they enter anagen, or the normal growth cycle for hair. Most of the time, all lost hair grows back.

2- Swelling After Hair Transplant Surgery

Most people experience swelling of their scalp after surgery, and it often includes the forehead and sometimes even the eyes. This is temporary, and usually subsides in a few days. Sometimes the doctor will prescribe something to decrease the swelling.

3- Itching After Hair Transplant Surgery

Itching is fairly common after hair transplant, and it can be severe. It’s usually due to scab formation, and you cold have a thousand or more tiny scabs. Most hair transplant surgeons say that shampooing should help the itching. One patient recommended spraying your head with water from a water bottle.

Before having a hair transplant, you might ask your surgeon if it’s okay to use anti-itch creams, oils or lotions on your scalp after the transplant. A moisturizing oil may help with the itching.

4- Hiccoughs After Hair Transplant Surgery

Nobody knows why hair transplant patients experience hiccoughs, but about 5% do. Usually, it’s only a minor annoyance, but it can be serious enough to be uncomfortable and to keep you from sleeping. If so, the surgeon can prescribe medication that should help stop the hiccoughs. In any case, they should disappear after a day or two.

5- Infection After Hair Transplant Surgery

Infection is, than kfully, rare. Many hair transplant surgeons give you antibiotics before and after surgery to prevent infection. If an infection does occur, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics for it.

6- Scarring After Hair Transplant Surgery

Scarring occurs only with strip transplants. Some people have a genetic predisposition toward excessive scarring. Keloid scars can be unsightly, especially if you wear your hair short.

7- Cysts After Hair Transplant Surgery

Cysts occur when hair follicles are damaged or when they are pushed deeper into the skin layer. Transplant surgeons say cysts are small, pimple-sized bumps. Patients who have them call them lumps and bumps. Some people say they can be bad enough to be disfiguring if you wear your hair short.

It is important to understand all the possible consequences and side effects before you have any surgery, and hair transplant is no exception. Ask your doctor to discus how he or she deals with side effects when they occur, and ask to speak to patients who have had these problems. That will give you the best chance of avoiding serious problems after your hair transplant.


Anagen: A phase in the hair growth cycle. Anagen is the phase where the hair is actively growing.

Keloid: An overgrown scar. Most scars are thin, nearly invisible lines after they are completely healed. Keloids are raised, hard, obvious and may be lumpy.

Telogen: A phase in the hair growth cycle. Telogen is the resting phase, where no hair growth occurs and the old hair detaches from the follicle. When anagen resumes, the old hair falls out because a new one is growing in.

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