Side Effects of Hair Transplantation, Hair Transplant

Published: 08th September 2009
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Every surgery has post-operative side effects. However, most side effects that come with a micro-graft transplant usually go away in about one to three weeks.

Most common side effects are noticed with the following signs:

1) Hair fall

Hair fall will accelerate after the transplant operation because of scalp shock. The scalp will enter into a resting stage called the Telogen stage. This will result in falling hair. Do not worry since this is normal. Although there is an occurrence of falling hair, not all of your hair will fall. Only those that are weak in the roots will be eliminated. Medication for falling hair can be prescribed by your surgeon.

2) Bleeding/Swelling

After the hair transplant surgery, bleeding is likely to occur. There will only be minimal bleeding. In uncommon situations, the bleeding may not stop right away. If that happens, the physician might need to take extra measures to control the bleeding.

According to observations in post-operative hair transplants, almost everyone who has undergone this surgery exhibited swelling. There may be a little pain that will accompany this swelling. Almost 50% of all who have undergone micro-grafting transplants have reported feeling slight pain due to swelling.

Swelling can be noticed particularly in the area around the forehead and around the eyes. This usually lasts for a few days. The worst that can happen is that you still have it by the fourth day. Some people display a black eye as a result.

Localized skin trauma is the reason of swelling in those areas. Small lacerations were made on the scalp, the area just above the forehead. That is why the upper part of the face will be inflamed. The blood vessels have been injured. Notably, inflammation is a necessary process for healing. Thus, swelling is a part of the healing crisis that occurs in the body. Without it, injuries and lesions will not heal. However, this is a temporary condition for you.

3) Scabs

Why is there a scab? This is a defense of the skin against bacteria and infection. Scabs form to help in the healing process of wounds. You know that the skin's surface is tender so there must be a shield for the vulnerable layer of flesh. So a scab will start to form over the wound. The scab is a cover composed of flaking cells and dried blood. Under the scab lies much activity because the cells are regenerating and stabilizing in the new location.

These scabs will naturally fall off and loosen in the space of ten days or even less. Wound healing also depends on your body's healing ability. This will feel itchy during those days but do not scratch them before they fall off on their own. Apply a soothing ointment in case you feel some itching on your scalp.

4) Numbness

This is almost a given for all those who have been through a hair transplant. The patient will certainly feel numbness for some weeks after the surgery. Numbness can be experienced due to the reduced circulation of the blood in the capillaries. Remember that the scalp has undergone lesions. These small blood vessels are still reconstructing themselves and strengthening tissue around the follicles. However, it is only temporary since this is also a part of the healing process.

There are other side effects that happen to a minority of patients who have micro-graft treatment. Scarring and hiccups are some of these recorded side effects.

Overall, the side effects mentioned above are slight inconveniences for most people. The most important thing is that these symptoms are only temporary. Nearly all of them will disappear in a few weeks. Naturally, the body is prepared and capable to fix itself when it needs repair. The cuts on the scalp will heal in no time. There are medications that your doctor can prescribe.

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