Hair fall no longer has to be permanent. With procedures such as hair transplantation available to us, permanent hair fall can be reversed. And while that can put a lot of people at ease, it is important to remember that no medical procedure comes without risks. It is important to do your research and speak to a professional before you rush the treatment. To make the research part easier, I’ve put together a list of the 10 possible side effects of hair transplantation. But first, let’s look at how hair transplantation works.
What Is Hair Transplantation?
Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that involves removing hair follicles from a “donor site” and implanting them at the balding area of your scalp, which is known as the “recipient site.” The scalp is numbed with a local anesthetic before the procedure, and the aftercare involves the patient taking prescribed medication for pain, inflammation, and possible infection. In most cases, patients experience 60% hair regrowth within 6-9 months. Following are the 10 possible side effects that one may experience after the procedure.
What Are The Side Effects Of Hair Transplantation?
Although rare, persistent bleeding is a possible side effect of the hair transplantation procedure. While some bleeding is to be expected and can be stopped with simple pressure, persistent bleeding may require additional stitching.
Infection from a hair transplant is possible, though unlikely, affecting one in thousands of cases. Thankfully, this can be easily avoided with the use of antibiotics.
3. Temporary Thinning
This is a common side effect of a hair transplant. It is common for implanted hair to fall off shortly after the surgery. However, the hair will grow back. Falling of pre-existing hair can also take place after getting a hair transplant. The hair fall, however, is not permanent and your hair will return in a couple of months.
Itching is a common side effect experienced by patients after getting a hair transplant. This side effect may sometimes become severe when not addressed properly. Itching mainly occurs due to the formation of scabs and it can be calmed with regular shampooing. However, one needs to consult a dermatologist or their cosmetic surgeon immediately when the problem escalates beyond tolerance. There are special moisturizing oils that help treat this issue.
If you are prone to scarring, this is a side effect that you should be worried about. Scarring generally occurs in patients who are predisposed to the problem and is more likely to occur in individuals who opt for strip plantations. It is seen that some patients develop genetic predispositions towards extreme scarring. There is one in a thousand chance of a hair transplant surgery causing a ridging effect in people who’re prone to keloid scarring.
Cysts generally occur when the hair follicles damage your skin and push deep into the layers. They usually are pimple sized lumps that are mostly benign. However, one should not take cysts lightly and must consult a doctor without delay when affected by such a side effect. In most cases, the cysts disappear by themselves.
Hiccups are a common side-effect of hair transplant surgeries. 5 in 100 patients are affected by hiccups soon after the procedure. Although the cause for it is unknown, the hiccups can last from several hours to several days. This side-effect is seen in hair transplant patients more often than it is seen in scalp reduction patients.
Pain is a common side-effect of the hair transplant procedure. Although the pain is endurable in most cases, where the patients do without any form of medication to soothe it, those who seem to be more affected can use painkillers. The pain is temporary and will eventually die down once your scalp starts to heal.
While swelling is rare, it can affect your forehead and the area surrounding your eyes. The swelling can last up to two days and in some cases (one in a hundred) it can cause a black eye to develop.
Numbness is inevitable after the procedure. It usually occurs in the donor area and can last for about 18 weeks. If it does not go away after 18 weeks, you should consult a doctor.
Any kind of medical procedure has associated risks. If you are thinking about getting a hair transplant, ensure that you’ve done thorough research so that you are prepared for what may be in store for you. Do you think a hair transplant is worth the risks? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
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