Most people that are thinking about having a hair transplant done, are mostly thinking about how good looking they’ll look a few months from now, when their transplanted hairs cover the big, ugly, bald area on top of their heads. But it’s not all fame and glory with hair transplants. Admittedly, some transplants are enormously successful in that they cover up a big area with a cosmetically pleasing hair density. But for many people, transplants have also done horribly wrong. The number of botched hair transplants that have taken place in the past is very large. Most people will at the very least suffer from a few side effects after having had a hair transplant.
After you have been treated, you will require a period of rest and healing. It’s going to take some time. So be warned up front. No pain, no gain. That’s what people always say to themselves when trying to improve their looks. Nowhere is this more true than it is with hair loss.
Hair Transplant Side Effects
Right after having had a hair transplant, you will notice that your new hairs are going to fall out around 14 days after they’ve been implanted. This is normal and it has a name. it is called shock loss. The shock loss is to be expected, but that doesn’t make it any less of a disappointment. Some hairs around the transplanted area may also fall out. And these are not the transplanted hairs. Of all the many side effects of hair transplants a person can experience, this one is the most common. The upside of this is that the hairs you lose due to shock loss are going to grow back in time. It’s only a temporary side effect!
Because of the narcotics used to anesthesize your head, your scalp and your forehead might swell up. This mostly occurs right after the treatment. It usually doesn’t last for more than a few days. But still, if you are experiencing pain or feelings of discomfort because of this, your doctor can prescribe you painkillers to deal with it.
The part of the scalp where your hairs have been transplanted to, might become a little itchy in the days and weeks following your hair transplant surgery. This is to be expected. The many recipient wounds will be healed after a few days, and they will start to form scabs. These scabs are causing your itch, but it is important not to scratch them. The healed recipient wounds are still sensitive and you don’t want to provoke an irritated reaction by scratching them. Sometimes, they can remain sensitive for an extended period of time. Leaving them alone is the best thing you can do.
It is also possible to develop infections after a treatment. This is not very common, but it can still occur. If you are unfortunate enough to develop such an infection, your doctor can prescribe you with antibiotics to make you recover as fast as possible!