Hair transplant is a procedure that has been widely proven to restore or improve hair thinning or premature baldness. But as much as it is successful it is true that it can also be highly invasive. That is why it is expected that there will be side effects. Fortunately these can be treated with over the counter medications. If you are interested in this hair restoration option, here are possible side effects that you could encounter.
#1 Scalp Bleeding
Due to the nature of the procedure which involves the extraction of hair follicles using a sharp instrument, some amount of bleeding can occur. The bleeding is normal but only to a minimum amount. If this increases, it should be reported promptly to the surgeon.
Since some amount of trauma was created it will be the body’s response to form some swelling on the affected area. The swelling develops particularly on the scalp which also extends to the forehead and the orbital area. Usually this will subside around one to seven days. If the swelling bothers you, you can ask the surgeon for a medicine to control it. Lying on several pillows can also relieve the problem.
A numbing sensation can also be normal in response to the swelling. This side effect may not really be a cause for concern since it is also a likely reaction of the body after the trauma. This will eventually go away after a couple of weeks.
For the next couple of weeks after surgery it is normal to feel some amount of discomfort associated with headiness. This will only be temporary and eventually relieved after a few days. But if in any case that the level of discomfort increases, this should be reported to the surgeon for prompt treatment.
Headaches are also common after surgery. It can be caused by the tugging and trauma that is created with the surgery. This is usually relieved a few days after surgery. But if in cases where the level of pain is unbearable, a pain reliever may be taken as prescribed by the surgeon.
The itchy feeling that may be felt after surgery may be due to the healing process, as part of the scab formation. Remember a thousand tiny scabs can be formed that is why the itch can be rather annoying. It is very important not to scratch this otherwise it could dislodge the newly transplanted grafts. To avoid scratching and to minimize the itch, a mild shampoo can be a good solution. Some surgeons even prescribe anti-itch creams, lotions or oils.
Another hair transplant side effect is cyst formations which result from infection on the areas of transplanted hair. Another possible reason is that hair follicles in surrounding areas were implanted too deeply or if these have been damaged.
Scar formation is most likely to occur with hair transplantation, particularly with FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) or the more popularly known as the “strip method”. This can be found at the donor site at the back of the head, and can be concealed only if the patient wears his hair long. A certain technique called the tricophytic closure can be used to make the hair grow in direction that covers up the scar.
Five percent of hair transplant patients experience hiccoughs during recovery. The reason for this is unknown, and it can be range from being a minor annoyance to something highly uncomfortable. In such cases, the surgeon can prescribe a medication that stops the coughing, but usually this disappears after a day or two.
To help you avoid side effects and achieve the best results, it is essential for the patient and the surgeon to have series of consultation sessions prior to hair transplant. This is what Dr. Andrew Kim believes. Being the director of Australian Institute of Hair Restoration in Sydney, Australia and a resident doctor of Prince of Wales Hospital Plastic Surgery Department, Dr. Kim makes sure that every client he handles will be satisfied with his services and the outcome. His clinic is can also be found in Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne.
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