Hair Transplant Side Effects – What to Expect
It’s always good to know about the benefits you will receive from a hair transplant, namely a fuller head of hair and the confidence that goes with it. However, it’s also wise to make yourself aware of the side-effects you will experience as well.
What is a Hair Transplant?
A hair transplant is a surgical method where a dermatological surgeon will move hair from one area of your body to a bald spot on your head. The most common practice is for the surgeon to move hair from the head’s back to the front or top.
Surgeons perform hair transplants in a medical office using local anesthesia and will use one of two methods to complete the procedure: slit grafts (4 to 10 hairs per graft) or micrografts (1 to 2 hairs per graft).
The surgeon will obtain follicles for transplant using follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or follicular unit extraction (FUE).
FUT – The doctor cuts strips of scalp from the head’s back using an incision that can be several inches long. They will then stitch the wound shut. The doctor then separates the strip into smaller sections small enough to be implanted and achieve natural-looking growth.
FUE – The surgeon uses a tiny needle to create tiny holes in the treated area. They then place a hair follicle in each of the holes. Each surgical session will place hundreds of hairs at a time.
Hair Transplant Side Effects That Can Occur.
Fortunately, infections because of hair transplants are rare. Still, antibiotics you take before and after the surgery will go a long way to ensuring an infection won’t be a problem for you.
Cysts, or small pimple-like sacs, could form in the area receiving treatment. If they do appear, they will only last for a few weeks before disappearing on their own.
Keloids are a raised scar that develops after an injury and can grow into ridges larger than the original injury. They are exceedingly rare, but if you do get them, it’s probably because of genetics.
The area of your head will be going through a healing process, and like all healing, you may feel itchy in the location your surgeon has treated. It generally lasts only a few days but treating the area with baby oil can relieve the symptoms. Scratching is prevented, as it can lead to further complications.
Just about all hair transplant surgeries will create at least some swelling around the forehead and eyes, and some patients may notice the eyes’ blackening. The worst of the swelling will occur on days 2 to 5, but you should be all cleared up within seven days or so.
Pain after a hair transplant is minimal. Most patients won’t need any pain medication at all, while a few may need readily available pain medication like Tylenol for a few days afterward.
A few hair transplant patients may experience bleeding around the treated location. Usually, you can use a gauze pad to put pressure on the area. The bleeding should subside after about 15-minutes. You must hold the gauze in place for the full 15-minutes without lifting it periodically to check. Be firm but gentle because you don’t want to upset the surrounding grafts.
Hair transplants are long, involved surgeries that require some recovery time. However, complications are rare, and you will quickly recover from the most common Hair Transplant Side Effects.
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