Risks and complication of a treatment or procedure actually refer to the possible side effects that may occur when you choose to go for that treatment or procedure.
While it is impossible to find a surgery with absolutely no side effects or risks and complication, the occurrence or otherwise of one or more of undesirable conditions associated with a treatment or procedure is by exceptions and not by rules.
In the case of hair transplantation it is very typical for patients to experience none to some of side effects associated with the procedure. Even those which do occur will usually last temporarily until the healing process is over and will disappear on their own or with simple medications.
Following are the possible issues (i.e. side effects or risks and complications) commonly, but temporarily, arising after a hair transplant:
- Thinning of Pre-Existing Hair
It is normal for some pre-existing hair to fall out or thin; normal because it just happens in every case. However, these pre-existing hair return to their original condition within a few months after the surgery.
A little numbness is inevitable, but since it is also transient it will usually last for one to six months.
This is another of the inevitables. Nearly all cases experience swelling in the forehead and the area around the eyes for up to five days at the most, after which it should be gone completely.
Infections are extremely rare in hair transplants, happening in one out of several thousand cases. The antibiotics that we provide you prior to and after the procedure will easily prevent any infections from developing.
Following your hair transplant, one or more small (2 to 3 mm) cysts may occur in the recipient area. These should not bother you. You even don’t have to do anything about them as these usually disappear by themselves after a few weeks.
Is there a surgery without bleeding? However, in hair transplant it minimal which will stop with simple pressure. Persistent bleeding is very rare and may occur but in one in a few hundred cases. But again, are surgeons not trained enough to manage this?
For pain during the procedure, visit our ‘Hair Transplant Pain’ page. As for post-procedure pain, it is fairly minimal as about half the patients do not require any pain relievers. Others who do experience mild pain may need to take Tylenol for a few days.
Except for pre-disposed individuals who may experience keloids, hair transplant scarring is very rarely an issue. The modern methods such as FUE have made scarring virtually invisible. Only one in a thousand patient may develop a scarring up to the point of “ridging” but they can be helped later through other specialized scar removal methods.
Experiencing hiccups is another temporary side effect of hair transplant which, if occurred, could last from several hours to several days interfering with eating and sleeping. Its incidence being only 5%, most patients should not experience hiccups, and those who do can be helped with this by our doctors prescribing a small dose of medication.
- Pink Skin in Grafted Regions
When you remove your bandage after 24 hours (which you will be allowed to), you will notice that your skin in the implanted area is pink and slightly shiny. This is another transient condition that may last from two weeks to eight weeks. Then it will return to normal on its own.
Itching is something which every one undergoing hair transplant should expect to experience for a few days after the procedure. Often it is not very discomforting but if you will shampoo the hair on a daily basis, it will be less troublesome.
If you have read the above information thoroughly, you will have noticed that all of the side effects associated with hair transplant are easily manageable. You can now appreciate why we say hair transplant is safe.