Hair Transplantation Side Effects

Androgenic alopecia, also known as hereditary hair loss, affects both men and women in significant numbers. Take comfort in the fact that you are not alone if you are worried about your thinning hair. Although a cure for hereditary hair loss has yet to be found, existing hair transplant techniques can provide patients with genuinely transformative results, giving them a full head of natural hair. 

At Regrow Hair Clinic, Dr. Ankur Singhal who is one of the best hair transplant doctors in India and his team employ a wide variety of the latest & modern hair restoration techniques.

Hair transplantation surgery is usually the most successful course of action for patients who are experiencing a significant amount of hair loss and want to explore all of their options. If you’re thinking about getting hair transplants or have just had hair transplant surgery, make sure you’re aware of the potential side effects. 

Immediate Consequences 

For the first couple of weeks after hair transplantation surgery, you should expect your scalp to be red, swollen, and tender. The donor and transplant sites will scab over as the scalp heals. During this delicate stage of healing, avoid touching your scalp or picking at your scabs to achieve the best results. Hair grafts that have just been transplanted can quickly become dislodged, so leave your scalp alone after surgery to avoid interfering with your body’s normal healing process. 

Immediate side effects will fade rapidly, but erythema or scalp redness can take several months to disappear completely. While you can legally return to work and everyday life the day after your surgery, most patients want to take a few days or a week off to provide time for their most visible side effects to recover and to give their bodies enough rest. 

Delayed Hair Development 

Although freshly transplanted hair grafts will give you a complete, natural head of hair, it will take time for the results to show up and grow completely. Shedding, or the loss of your new hair two or three weeks after surgery, is an expected side effect of hair transplantation. The transplanted follicular units will take some time to adjust to their new surroundings, and they will begin to shed hair shortly after surgery as they enter a temporary rest period. The follicular units will then go dormant for two to three months before beginning a new growth period that will last two to six years. 

In most cases, new hair growth will appear between 4-6 months after surgery. About the nine-month mark, you’ll notice a noticeable difference.

Scarring: What to Expect 

Modern hair regeneration surgery uses two separate surgical techniques: follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) (FUE). A small strip of the scalp is cut during FUT to provide grafts for transplantation. While FUT and FUE are both effective procedures that yield remarkable results, FUT differs in that it leaves a linear scar from the excision. 

If the excision was closed with non-dissolvable sutures, you would need to return seven to ten days after surgery to get them removed. Within 7-10 days, your wound should be completely healed. During the first few months, the scar will begin to grow and heal, taking about a year to fully mature. If all post-operative instructions are followed, the matured scar should be small and white, scarcely visible to the normal eye. 

Although FUE does not completely remove scarring, it does appear to leave a small amount of noticeable scarring. Rather than removing a section of the scalp to break it down into individual follicular units, the follicular units are removed directly from the scalp using a handheld punch device. FUE can still leave behind thin, white, circular scars, but they’re usually minor and easily concealed by the surrounding hair growth. Using a punch is the vital threshold for forming minimally noticeable micro-scars. 9mm is the minimum size. 

Increasing the Chances of a Successful Recovery 

Although side effects are an inevitable part of the hair restoration process, there are steps you can take to help mitigate hair transplantation side effects. During the first few nights, sleeping with your head upright can help manage swelling in your scalp and avoid undue irritation from your pillow, which can cause grafts to become dislodged. Other lifestyle modifications can be addressed before and after the treatment, such as not submerging your scalp while it heals. 

You may use several more sophisticated approaches to facilitate a healthy and faster recovery in addition to making improvements to your everyday routine. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) Therapy is a recent and effective treatment for hair loss that has been shown to help patients heal faster from hair transplant surgery. Daily use of drugs like Propecia and Rogaine will help you achieve faster results, but you’ll have to stop taking them for a while until surgery. Let your surgeon know during your initial appointment if you want to supplement your hair transplantation operation with additional treatments and medications.

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