Hair Transplant – Know The Risks & Side-Effects

Hair Transplant – Know The Risks & Side-Effects


By Dr. Manu Pratap Singh, Trichology

Hair transplantation is a procedure that uses surgery to move hair from one location in the body to another location. The part from which the hair follicles is known as “donor site” and the location where it is moved to is called the “recipient site”. Transplantation of hair is a highly safe out-patient procedure which does not have significant complications or risks. Although hair transplant is a permanent solution, the surgery might be expensive and it might take a number of surgeries and few years to view the complete results. The most important factor for the success of a hair transplant is the experience of the doctor.

Some of the risks in undertaking the surgery include:

  1. Infection
  2. Scarring
  3. Loss of hair from the donor region as a result of the death of hair follicles
  4. Excessive bleeding
  5. An unnatural and abnormal look with patchy patterns of hair

A hair transplant can have many side effects. Most of these side effects are minor and disappear after few weeks. Some of the side effects are:

  1. Infection
  2. Thinning of Pre-Existing Hair
  3. Hiccups
  4. Numbness
  5. Bleeding
  6. Swelling of the Scalp
  7. Itching
  8. Bruising around the eyes
  9. Infection or Inflammation of hair follicles (folliculitis)
  10. Sudden but usually temporary loss (shock loss)
  11. Unnatural looking knots of hair

Cysts may or may not occur in the recipient region where there is an insertion of a larger number of grafts. They usually disappear after a few weeks, either by themselves or by using various simple treatments. The cysts might be single or many in number and they usually are of the size of small pimples.