Common Hair Transplant Surgery Side Effects

Hair transplantation is not a highly complicated procedure, in fact it is fairly simple procedure. However, like any other surgical procedure, hair transplantation is also not devoid of side effects. There are some minor complications or side effects associated with hair transplant surgery and to know the side effects well in advance before surgery, it becomes easier for patient to evaluate and be ready when side effects do appear.ID-100105879

If you are short of your confidence due to hair loss and planning to undergo hair transplant surgery, you can weigh pros and cons of hair transplant surgery, before deciding if you want to use it or not. Here are some common side effects that may appear during or after hair transplant surgery.


This is a common side effect. Bleeding during surgery is normal part of any surgical procedure. It is the excess bleeding that may be worrisome, sometimes. If there is excess bleeding, usually the surgeon apply pressure on the site of bleeding and it stops. If it does not stop with local pressure, surgeon may need to do extra stitching, sometimes. Usually bleeding is not a serious complication.

Thinning of hair:

It is not uncommon to notice thinning of your hair after hair transplant surgery. You may be worried, because you underwent surgery to improve thinning, but your hair thins instead of improving. There is nothing to worry, if thinning occurs, because within few months, the lost hair regrows and thickness comes back.


Infection after hair transplant surgery is rare, but it can occur. Commonly appropriate antibiotic coverage is given before and after hair transplant surgery, hence, infection is rare. If infection occurs after surgery, it can be controlled with proper antibiotics.


Scar formation of the surgical site can occur, if you are genetically inclined to develop keloids. Keloid formation is excess scaring of injured skin during healing. If you have genetic predisposition of developing keloid, you may do so even with minor cuts in your skin.


Pain after hair transplant surgery is not a major problem and not many require pain medication after surgery. The procedure is simple and require pain medication in only few patients.


This is a side effect that seem to have no logic. Approximately 5% of patients undergoing hair transplant surgery, develop hiccups. The cause is not known. Sometimes hiccups may be troublesome during post-operative period during recovery and trouble you during sleep and during eating. Your doctor may need to prescribe medications to stop hiccups.


After hair transplant surgery, some patient may develop swelling in forehead, around eyes or sometimes in the scalp. This usually disappear within few days and not troublesome.


Sometimes there may be itching after hair transplant surgery. During process of healing, itching is a normal phenomenon and it disappear within few days, once the healing is complete. Hence, nothing to worry.

All the side effects during and after hair transplant surgery are usually of minor type and do not cause great trouble or complication.

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