Hair Transplant Side Effects

Hair Transplant Side Effects –  One of the most frequently asked questions by people who want to have a hair transplant is “hair transplant side effects” or ‘is there any harm from hair transplant’.

While FUE hair transplantation is among the most common aesthetic operations in recent years, it is also a surgical intervention. For this reason, it is very normal to have some side effects after hair transplant surgery, although they vary from person to person.

In order to ensure that these hair transplant side effects are at a minimum level, it is important to get services from specialist hair transplant surgeons and professional health institutions who are absolutely competent.

Sterilization is one of the most important key factors during hair transplantation operations. Service should be taken in sterile environments and by medical staff who care about this issue.

True planning before a hair transplant and determining the appropriate hair transplant technique for the patient are among the factors that minimize these side effects. The patient’s disease history and chronic diseases, if any, and the information about the medications used regularly should be shared with the doctor during the consultation before the operation.

As a result of the services received from non-professional institutions and inexperienced people for hair transplantation operations, it is possible to encounter both an unsuccessful hair transplantation procedure and permanent damage to the donor area, unnatural hair transplantation, infection, and many other permanent damages.

To summarize in general, it is very common to see some side effects after a hair transplant operation. However, these hair transplant side effects are the side effects that are called mild and that are not harmful to follow under the control of a medical doctor.


What are the side effects of hair transplant? Some hair transplant side effects and the symptoms you may encounter after hair transplantation are as follows.

  • Crusting
  • Bleeding
  • Itching
  • Pitting
  • Edema
  • Infection
  • Shock loss
  • Hiccup


One of the most usual hair transplant side effects is crusting. In the first 48 hours after hair transplantation, crusting can be seen in the area where hair transplantation is performed. In this case, there is no need to panic.

Crusting is also a sign of healing. No intervention should be made on the crusting that occurs after hair transplantation. Not peeling the shells is important for the health of the planting and hair follicles. As a matter of fact, peeling of the shells can directly damage the hair follicles. It can be seen that the crusting heals spontaneously within an average of 2 weeks after hair transplant surgery.

When crusting occurs after hair transplantation, it is recommended that you follow the instructions of your doctor without any worries and use the medications given by you.

During this time, the choice of shampoo is also important. It is important to use a special shampoo that recommended by your hair transplant surgeon. You can ask your doctor for support about shampoos that you can use during the crusting phase after hair transplantation.


After hair transplantation, there may be minimal bleeding from the donor and hair transplantation area. Aspirin, NSAID, vitamin E, alcohol, anabolic steroids and other blood thinners used by the patient before transplantation may increase the risk of bleeding.

If you see you are bleeding the day after the procedure, do not panic. Take a cleaning cloth or cotton buds and apply pressure to the area very gently. Avoid rubbing since it may dislocate any follicles. The bleeding should ultimately stop. You should inform your surgeon that this has happened in case of losing a hair follicle because of hair transplant side effects


Itching is one of the most common hair transplant side effects after the operations.

While the crusting that occurs after hair transplantation heals by itself, itching is seen during this time. As a matter of fact, scratching after hair transplantation can cause damage to the newly transplanted roots.

Itching is also an indication of healing. Itching, which continues for the first 2 weeks after hair transplantation, will go away on its own after the crusting heals.

If itching increases in advanced stages, it is recommended to contact your doctor without worry. As a matter of fact, it is possible to reduce this itching to a minimum with the drugs recommended by your doctor.


Acne is one of the most common problems among the side effects of hair transplantation. This is because the micromotor device pushes the surrounding roots under the skin. Although this problem, which sometimes lasts more than 2 months after the hair transplant operation, may cause boredom, it shouldn’t be forgotten that it is a temporary situation.

Against this problem, which is more common after shock loss, it is a situation that can be overcome by not neglecting hair washing and massaging. If pitting increases in advanced stages, it is recommended to contact your doctor without worry.  Your doctor may prescribe you a proper medication or give you medical suggestions.


Another common issue, symptoms such as crusting and itching after hair transplant operations, is edema and swelling. Swelling can be seen in the first 48 hours after hair transplantation, including the face area. Swelling and edema are expected after all hair transplants or surgical operations as common hair transplant side effects. Edema and swelling after hair transplantation, as seen in itching and crusting, are a condition that will pass spontaneously.

Although there is no need for any panic, it is sufficient to consider the recommendations of the hair transplant surgeon. It is possible to see the swelling and edema go away on their own within an average of 1 week.

However, in some cases, if the edema has not disappeared and accompanied by a high fever, weakness, and chills, a doctor should be consulted.


Hair transplant operations are also surgical interventions indeed. Therefore, it is very important to receive service in sterile environments. The risk of infection in operations performed in non-sterile environments is also quite high. The protection process after hair transplantation is important in order to prevent infection. Regular use of antibiotics recommended by your doctor after hair transplantation will minimize the risk of infection.

It is one of the most important steps in hair transplantation operations in order to avoid hair transplant side effects is to take into account the recommendations of the doctor after hair transplantation and to pay attention to the use of the medications prescribed.


One of the most common hair transplant side effects is a shock loss after hair transplant operation; It is the temporary hair shedding of the hair strands on the hair follicles transplanted to the area that has experienced hair loss. It is an extremely normal process that must be experienced after every transplant operation, but people who have experienced hair loss before are caught unprepared for this situation, which can cause anxiety and disappointment.

Although a definite time frame cannot be given for shock loss as hair transplant side effects; In general, it is observed that it takes place between 1-3 months after hair transplantation. Shock loss, which is generally completed within a 2-week period, varies from person to person. Hair loss experienced after hair transplantation is an extremely normal situation, as well as completely temporary.


Hiccups are among the rarest hair transplant side effects after a hair transplant. When we look at the statistics in general, it is possible to say that such a side effect is seen in five out of a hundred people. Hiccups, which are among the rarest symptoms after hair transplantation, are seen in patients who are overly excited and stressed during, before, or after the hair transplant operation. Hiccups are seen after hair transplantation continue at regular intervals for an average of 2 days and go away on their own.



The scar tissue that may appear pink, red or skin-coloured on the skin following trauma during hair transplantation is called a hypertrophic scar. The more puffy and hard ones of the same type of scars are called keloids. If you find out that situation it is better to notify your doctor to get the suggestions.


It is the rarest but the riskiest complication among hair transplant complications. A condition in which one or more cells are irreversibly damaged. The necrotic tissue undergoes pathological death and turns into inanimate tissue.

When heavy bleeding occurs in the donor area or the transplantation area, adrenaline can be injected into the area in order to cause the blood vessels to constrict, thus reducing the blood flow and opening a comfortable channel.

If adrenaline is injected without mixing with isotonic, or if it is mixed with isotonic, if used in large amounts, they can kill tissues and cause necrosis, since blood flow in the skin is blocked. This mistake, which is applied by people who are not experts in hair transplantation, has very risky results for the patient.


In order to avoid undesired hair transplant side effects, the first and the most important step that you need to take is to choose a truly reputable clinic as well as well-educated and experienced hair transplant surgeons. At Smile Hair Clinic, our doctors provide a wide variety of medications, tips, recommendations, and aftercare products to assist you through your transformation into a true gentleman.

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