Hair Transplant Side Effects

What kind of side effects are possible with hair transplant surgery? Could your real hair end up falling out?

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Hair Transplant Side effect

Hair transplants are very safe procedures with few side effects. The common side effects are swelling, minor discomfort, numbness, itching, and local inflammation. However, they are not severe and are temporary. Very rarely a patient may experience shock loss, but this is temporary and the hair will grow back in 3-6 months. Bad design of your new hairline may be a risk factor, but this is easily avoidable with an experienced surgeon, supporting staff, and good communication with your surgeon.



Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hair transplant hairs falling out

About 5-8% of men, and 20% of women, can experience hair shock loss.  This is when your existing hairs are traumatized by the addition of new hairs nearby.   These hairs will come back but they can take about 4 months to re-emerge.

Better technique, use of minoxidil, and overpacking grafts carefully can all reduce the chance of shock loss.

Transplant does not cause hair loss.

Thanks for your question. Like any medical procedure, hair transplant does have some associated side effects, but hair loss is not one of them. Most side effects are localized and temporary and include bruising, tenderness, redness, and temporary numbness near the treated areas. If you're undergoing a NeoGraft (follicular unit extraction) procedure, some of the transplanted grafts do "shed" in the days following the procedure. This is an anticipated response and will not adversely affect your results. 

James N. Romanelli, MD, FACS
Long Island Plastic Surgeon
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Hair Trnasplant Side Effects

Hair transplant side effects can be minimal if your surgery is done by a good and experienced doctor. But when severe negative side effects of hair transplants occur, such as : infection,swelling,bruising around the eyes,itching and numbness on the treated areas of the scalp , we often supplement a hair loss procedure with medications to reduce possible side effects of the surgery 

Ilker Apaydin, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
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NeoGraft, hair loss is not a side effect, but is a natural part of process for the success of the hair transplant

With NeoGraft, hair loss is not a side effect, but instead is a natural and needed phenomenon for the success of the hair transplantation. Once the hair follicle has been implanted to the desired area, the grafted hair will remain for a few weeks and then shed. Not all the grafted hair will shed but many will. The new hair growth will begin in approximately 4-6 months and continue to grow normally thereafter. Full results may take up to a year. As the new hair grows in, the results will look natural, healthy, and strong.

Julio F. Gallo, MD
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Sides effects of #hairtransplant

With any surgery there are risks Invovled, however these risks can be minimized if hair transplant is done by an experienced hair restoration surgeon. Losing your native as a result of shock loss can be a side effect. If hair is harvested from areas outside of the donor zone, you may experience loss of transplanted hair in the future. This is a serious side effect of hair transplant is done by inexperienced doctor. 

Michael Meshkin, MD
Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Very minimal side effects if properly done

Although a lot of people worry about the "shock loss" of the existing hair after hair transplant this is an extremaly rare occurence if things are properly done. First of all we only do FUE procedures to avoid ugly linear scar in the back of the head. Also recent advances in the robotic surgery added ability to perform sites with the robot to avoid injury to existing hair. This is much more precise than human eye

Side effect of hair transplant

Side effect of a hair transplant surgery can be a "pluggy" look.  This is a technical complication from unskilled doctors and technicians.  You can also have bad scarring both on the donor and recipient area.

Fortunately if the results are great, the transplanted hairs do not fall out.
Unfortunately if it is a bad result, the transplanted hairs also do not fall out.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 83 reviews

Side effects

Strip method side effect is a linear scar across the back of the head.  With ALL methods, shock loss is possible.  Trauma from the tissues can cause follicles to fall asleep in small patches.  Usually this is temporary and the follicles will awaken in a few weeks to months.  Rarely is this permanent.  Infections are very rare.  "Poor take" of follicles  can occur, and this may be technical, genetic, or combination of both. Fortunately, this is rare too.

Tim Neavin, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Side Effects for NeoGraft

Like with any hair transplant procedure, “shock loss” is the most common side effect, but it is not permanent. This is due to the stress exhibited to the transplanted area in addition to swelling. It is also to be expected for the grafted hairs to fall out anytime between the first few weeks up till 3-4 months post procedure. The seed of the transplanted follicle will stay intact and in a matter of time the follicle to regenerate a new hair. Patience is key.

David L. Robbins, MD, FACS
West Des Moines Plastic Surgeon
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