Side Effects of Hair Transplant Surgery By Robert True on November 05, 2013

Side Effects of Hair Transplant SurgeryBalding is a fact of life for many men. Thankfully there are options out there for dealing with this problem. If you suffer from hair loss, there are surgical and non-surgical solutions that might be just right for you. When you meet with the specialists at a hair clinic, you will be able to receive solid answers regarding all of your hair restoration needs.

One question that we get asked a fair amount at our practice involves the side effects of hair transplant surgery. We'd like to take a few moments right now to consider these matters so that you have a good understanding of the process.

What is hair transplant surgery?

Hair transplant surgery refers to the use of specially harvested follicle grafts placed into a a balding area of the scalp. By transferring healthy hair follicles from one part of the scalp to another, patients will be able to experience natural, realistic hair growth.

Are side effects common after hair restoration surgery?

As with all surgeries, side effects are common as a natural part of the healing process. Patients who undergo follicular unit extraction or follicular unit transplantation will be given all of this information as part of the consultation process.

Below are some of the most common side effects experienced by hair transplant surgery patients.

Temporary Hair Thinning

Also known as "shedding" or "shock loss," the temporary thinning of a patient's existing hair is common. This is due to the trauma to the scalp during the surgery. Thankfully this is just a temporary condition.


Cysts can occur following hair transplant surgery if the hair follicle is pushed deeper under the patient's skin than it ought to be. Your surgeon will be sure to note these during follow-up visits, as some cysts may be the source of more than just aesthetic problems.

Issues with Scarring

Sometimes following surgery, patients will notice some issues with scarring and scar tissue. This can be aesthetically displeasing. In terms of scar formation, many of these issues are related to genetics rather than the actual surgery per se. It's an important factor to keep in mind.

Other Side Effects of Hair Transplant Surgery

Some other common side effects of hair transplant surgery include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Itchiness
  • Hiccups
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Discomfort

How long will these hair restoration side effects last?

For the most part, these side effects resolve themselves after a few weeks or a few months. It really varies from patient to patient, so it's important that you consider all of these factors before committing to a surgical hair restoration procedure.

Addressing Severe Side Effects and Complications

Should a hair transplant patient experience major issues with side effects or develop complications as a result of the surgery, there are numerous options that can be considered for revision of these issues. These can be discussed during the consultation process.

Learn More About Hair Transplant Surgery Options

For more information about all of your options for hair transplant surgery, it's imperative that you contact our hair restoration surgery centers in New York, New Jersey, and Boston. By speaking with our hair loss experts, you will be able to receive the best possible care for your needs.

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The Hair Loss Doctors
By Robert J. Dorin

At The Hair Loss Doctors with our Surgical Headquarters in Garden City, NY and clinics in Manhattan, NY; Boston, MA; and Short Hills, NJ, Dr. Robert J. Dorin helps men and women reverse the effects of hair loss through various surgical and non-surgical treatments including Follicular Unit Transplantation and Follicular Unit Extraction. Our Founder & Medical Director is affiliated with:

  • The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • The American Board of Restoration Surgery
  • The International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons
  • The American Osteopathic Association

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