What are the complications of hair transplant?

Just like all surgical procedures, hair transplantation can also have some complications or risks that everybody should know. You should know these risks, especially if you are about to undergo a surgery. Normally, hair transplant is considered to be a safe process. It does involve some inflammation and swelling along with minute pain for some hours or days after the surgery. Still, complications with hair transplant are not very common.

Complications/risks with hair transplant

However, you never know if you will be experiencing a complication. So, to help yourself, read this article till the end. In this article, we talk about all the relatively common hair transplant risks and complications. These complications are rather short-term in nature. Regardless of that, they can be a matter of real concern for many people.

These include:

Swelling and bleeding

This is one of the most common side-effects. So, we cannot really label it as a complication in strict terms. This is primarily due to the nature of this surgery. In a hair transplant surgery, follicles of hair are extracted from the donor areas and are transferred to the balding spots.

In comparison to the FUT transplant, the FUE method is less intrusive. Still, some amount of inflammation and bleeding along with minor pain can be expected with both of these surgeries.


Itching is one of the most common risks of hair transplants. Though, the most difficult part is to control the urge of scratching your skull for itch relief. Otherwise, it will cause displacement of the hair follicles that are just transplanted. With that, it may also pass on dirt in the wound which can lead to dangerous infections.

In case you have prolonged itching after getting the surgery, the culprit could be your shampoo. In this regard, it is advised to talk to your doctor and hair transplant specialists.


Infection is rare, yet a serious complication that can arise from hair transplant surgeries. This results in folliculitis, which is the inflammation of hair follicles. Minor infections can be treated with antibiotics. However, major infections can become dangerous. Though, luckily, they are quite rare. In this regard, help of your primary doctor along with a hair transplant specialist will be required.

Loss of shock

This is another short term complication in which the transplanted hair fall out after the procedure. However, this is nothing to worry about. It is surprisingly common. Those who lose their newly transplanted hair notice the growth of new hair within a few months because the follicles transplanted in the scalp still stay intact.

Scalp laxity

Scalp laxity is a long term complication which results in a tightened scalp and is mostly common in FUT method. This Is because in FUT, strips are cut out from the scalp to be transplanted into the donor area. Since, the strips are lost from the scalp, the scalp becomes tighter after it has healed. It can result in issues such as headaches until the person gets used to it. Though, in general, scalp laxity can be a very annoying complication.

Ending note

The above-mentioned conditions can be experienced by anybody who has undergone a hair transplant procedure. This is why we always recommend people to visit highly reputed hair transplant centers only. This way, you can get guaranteed results with clearly laid out expectations. A good doctor will look at your balding condition and will be able to tell you the results that you should expect. In comparison, an inexperienced doctor will not be able to predict your results accurately. So, when it comes to transplants, always choose the best.

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