Hair transplant side effects represent some of the most researched topics in hair transplant procedures.
Hair transplantation has a relatively low complication rate compared to other aesthetic applications. There can be various hair transplant side effects depending on the lack of surgical intervention, incorrect applications, technical error of the doctor and physiological factors of the patient. Although hair transplant side effects vary by individual, the most common side effects are edema, bleeding, asymmetry, folliculitis, scabbing, itching, hiccups, numbness, graft displacement, and shock hair loss.
What is a hair transplant?
Hair loss is common in men due to genetic conditions and age. Especially male-type hair loss (androgenic alopecia) at a young age raises the problem of baldness, which weakens the self-confidence of men. Hair shedding produces an unpleasant visual effect. The hair transplant process, which provides a permanent solution to hair loss, allows hair to grow back.
Thanks to the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique, which is known as the most preferred and most effective method in hair transplant operations, hair follicles are collected one by one from the donor area and they are transplanted one by one to the planting area. All these operations are carried out in highly hygienic conditions and using millimetric tools.
What are hair transplant side effects?
A condition that everyone who has a hair transplant operation is familiar with is the formation of swelling after hair transplantation. These swellings usually begin on the third or fourth day after the operation and last up to 5 days. Swelling, which is a natural part of the postoperative healing process, is harmless. Swelling or edema of the face, forehead, or eyes may occur. There is no need to worry about swelling, which is a temporary and painless condition seen in almost everyone who has received a hair transplant. If the edema does not disappear within 3-5 days and is accompanied by pain, fever and chills, you should inform your doctor.
One of the common hair transplant side effects is bleeding. Since the scalp is a dense area for capillaries, a small amount of bleeding occurs when hair follicles are removed and transplanted. However, there can be different causes of bleeding after hair transplant. Smoking and alcohol use can also cause bleeding. Although the intensity of the bleeding varies from person to person, the bleeding completely disappears within 3 to 4 days and is painless.
With the use of the FUE method in hair transplant operations, the risk of infection has been largely eliminated. Having a clean operating room, preferring disposable materials, using regular antibiotics, and transplanting hair with the FUE technique reduces the risk of infection.
Shock loss is the temporary loss of hair after hair transplant operations. It is an extremely normal process that occurs after every hair transplant. Although a definite period of time cannot be given for shock hair loss, it is observed that it occurs between 1-3 months after hair transplantation. In general, shock hair loss ends within 2 weeks. This period varies from person to person. Hair loss after hair transplant is a very normal condition and is not permanent.
Scabs as part of hair transplant side effects
Although listed among the hair transplant side effects, scabbing is the part of the healing process. The scabs are formed by the drying of the blood that escapes from the hair follicles. Since scabs dehumidify the skin of the hair and prevent the healthy growth of newly planted hair, the scalp must be cleansed of these scabs. Therefore, washing is very important to get rid of scabs. The crusts formed should not be pulled off as this can damage the planting area.
Just like scabbing, itching is also seen among the hair transplant side effects. Itching may occur due to scabbing in the transplant area. Itching, which is common in the first 2 weeks after hair transplantation, is a temporary condition and there is no need to worry. Itching can be easily relieved with anti-itch medications and special doctor-recommended shampoos.
Inflammation of the hair follicles (folliculitis)
Inflammation of the hair follicles occurs, especially after hair regrowth. Folliculitis, which occurs in the second or third month after hair transplant, is a hair transplant side effect that can easily pass due to antibacterial creams used in the hair transplant area.
Hiccups are one of the rare side effects of hair transplantation. Hypo 4% has been observed after hair transplantation. It occurs during or shortly after transplantation due to stimulation of the diaphragm in extremely anxious and excited patients. It goes away on its own in about 2-3 days.
Pain after hair transplantation varies depending on personal factors, but it rarely occurs in the donor area where the hair follicles are removed. It is a condition that passes easily with painkillers that are used regularly after the operation. As EsteNove, we use the Comfort-in painless anesthesia method to minimize pain during and after the operation.
How to avoid hair transplant side effects?
Thanks to advanced technologies, side effects related to hair transplantation are reduced as much as possible. Technologies such as sapphire tips, FUE hair transplantation and needle-free anesthesia increase confidence in hair transplantation. When experienced doctors and health approved transplant centers are preferred, the disadvantages of hair transplantation can be largely eliminated.
Although side effects after hair transplantation are preventable and treatable, the patient must be informed before hair transplantation about all the risks that may occur. In the same way, the patient must share the medicines he uses and his illnesses with his doctor. It should also be noted that hair transplant side effects will not be the same in all people and that more than one side effect may occur in a single person. In addition, it is also very important to use doctor-recommended medications and shampoos in the healing process.
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