There are no lasting effects of the hair transplant surgery. However, there are some temporary effects appearing the first 3 months after the surgery. Listed below are the side effects and how you can avoid/ get rid of them.
Swelling of the forehead and under the eyes – from our observation, this occurs in 30-40% cases. However, it only lasts between 3-5 days after the surgery. To avoid this, you need to sleep facing upwards only.
Pain / itchiness on the donor area – This happens in 10% cases. It lasts 1-2 weeks after the surgery. We provide pain killers that you can use during this time as well as an antihistamine for the itching.
Scabs – Scabs are as a result of the drying wounds of the recipient area. The scabs flake off within first 7-10 days after surgery. To speed up the process, you can soften the scabs by applying olive oil on the recipient area; let it stay for 30 minutes before shampooing. Do this every time you was your head from the 8th to 10th day after the surgery, then use a soft brush to clear them off.
Shock Loss – Happens because of the stress caused on the hair after the surgery. Transplanted hair and also the existing hair sheds and goes to the resting phase before it begins to re-grow again. Shock loss happens during the first 1 month after hair transplant. It’s true that you may look worse, before you look better. Patients need to know that this is temporary and they will regain back their hair.
Redness of the Scalp – The scab gets red/pink after the surgery. Redness fades gradually and may last for about 1-2 months; sometimes longer in some patients. Using Nizoral shampoo may speed up the healing and reduce the redness.
Pimples – Ingrown hair can appear as pimples 2-3 months after surgery. Dr. Civas provides medication to help heal the pimples.
Numbness of the scalp – Due to the anesthetic medication injected into the scalp during the surgery, the scalp may be numb for a few months after the surgery. As the healing progresses and hair starts to grow, the numbness reduces gradually.