A hair transplant is recommended for male pattern baldness, but only those who meet specific medical criteria should opt for it. Like any other surgical treatment, it comes with risks and side effects. However, they vary for every individual.
Some of the risks and side effects include:
- Infection is a common side effect, but it can be avoided if the treatment is by a reputed clinic that heeds protocols judiciously. A dermatologist often prescribes antibiotics to lessen the probability of infection.
- Bleeding is another common occurrence, even though dermatologists try to prevent it. If there is minor bleeding in the donor area, then it can be resolved quickly by putting pressure on it. However, if you experience heavy bleeding, you must consult your dermatologist.
- Most people feel radiating pain during and after the transplant. In most cases, it’s not severe and usually resolves within a day or two. If it worsens, it is best to consult the dermatologist and take appropriate pain-killer medications.
- Swelling is uncommon, but if it occurs, it settles in a week or so.
- Numbness is another unavoidable side effect that is exaggerated due to anaesthesia. If you feel numbness or tingling 5-6 months post transplant, you must contact a dermatologist immediately.
- As weird as it sounds, hiccups are a side effect, and it’s unknown why they occur. But they last several days in 5 out of 100 cases of hair transplant.
- Scarring is an inevitable side effect and is very common in the donor area during hair follicles or strips extraction. Although the severity of scarring varies for everyone, it’s treatable using other methods.
- It may seem counterproductive, but many patients experience hair thinning during the initial months after surgery. They usually retain the thickness afterwards.
- 3 out of 10 patients feel itching in the scalp area. It can be due to the formation of scabs in the treated area—soothing oils and a proper hair care regimen post hair transplant can resolve it.