Like all modern medicines, where hair transplants has many benefits it has some side effects too which are part of the package and you have to bear with. The side effects are however few and easy to tackle as there are medicines available that treats them fully and completely easing away these for you.
However you should be fully prepared to face them and therefore get to know them before you finally opt for a hair transplant. The major side effect is shock shedding or shock loss in which you experience a thinning of the hair which is due the relocation of the hair, they go in shock. This shock loss may affect the other hair on your head while affecting the transplanted hair. What the result will be bald patches and thinning of the hair. You will shed an average of 50 to 100 hairs every day.
The new transplanted hair will fall and the hair follicles will go into Telogen phase. In two months at most they will start to regrow this phase is called Anagen. Not only will the treated area hair be going through this phase but also other parts of the head too. The point that should be kept in mind is that hair transplant does not provide you with more hair, it is the hair you already have which are taken from your donor scalp that are relocated.
The other side effects will be swelling that can be on forehead, eyes and scalp itself. This will go away after a few days and your doctor will provide you with medicine for this swelling.
Itching is the most common side effect of hair transplant which is experienced by most of the patients. It can get extremely irritating and severe in some cases. It is caused by the scabs. Moisturizers are a great help and shampooing can be greatly relieving. Doctors may provide you with a spray bottle for spraying your scalp with in case of severe itching. Remember do not use any itch cream without asking the hair transplant surgeon.
Some people may experience hiccoughs after the surgery. It can be highly uncomfortable sometimes to the extent of disturbing your sleep. They however go away in a few days on their own. Your doctor will prescribe some medication to help to get rid of them if they are too difficult to bear with.
Very few of the patients get infections too after the hair transplant surgery. To prevent and cure them, antibiotics are prescribed. Follow the doctor’s directions so that you do not get them.
Scarring can be very obvious if you are getting strip transplant and especially so when you keep your hair short.
You can also experience cysts if the hair follicles are damaged or the cuts have been too deep in the skin. This will happen only if your surgeon is not expert enough.