Hair Transplant Surgery Risks & Side Effects

As far as your health is concerned, there are few side effects with having a hair transplantation. The donor hair comes from your own head, so graft versus host disease is not a threat to the transplanted hair. Initial pain, swelling, and scabbing after the surgery is common and can last for a week or two. Extreme side effects can be bleeding or infection, but these are rare as coagulation is what holds the follicles in place.

A more common and discomforting risk for those interested in this procedure is scarring or an unnatural looking hairline. Although the procedure has been developing breakthrough techniques over the last few decades, scarring along the donor-hair strip can make the surgery noticeable and make the hair at the back of the head strange looking. To avoid this, there is an excellent technique called grading which places thicker hair towards the back and thinner hair towards the front to avoid the unnatural looking hairline so that, when it is done properly, people cannot even tell a surgery has taken place. However, this chance of scarring makes it imperative that you research your surgeon thoroughly. Follicle Unit Extraction somewhat reduces the chances of scarring, but it is still a possibility even with this type of surgery.

Even when the surgery goes perfectly and no scarring is visible, this surgery will not turn back the hands of time. As you age further, you may continue to bald around the grafts so you may have to return several times in order to upkeep your look. Make sure your expectations for the surgery, as with any cosmetic surgery, are practical and realistic. This is not a miraculous cure for balding, but it can help you restore some of your previous hair and appearance.

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