The American Hair Loss Association reports that about 85 percent of men will confront hair loss before they turn fifty. Because existing medications like Rogaine and Propecia require long-term use and often cause unwanted side effects like scalp irritation and decreased sex drive, men experiencing hair loss are increasingly turning to hair transplant surgery, which can permanently reverse baldness and restore appearance and confidence for life. As with all medical procedures, it’s important to carefully consider potential risks when deciding whether or not hair transplant surgery is right for you.
Physician Dr. Maurice Collins calls hair transplant surgery “extremely safe,” explaining that even when complications such as bleeding, minimal pain, and transient numbness do occur, they are usually temporary. Most instances of bleeding are slight, stopping with only a little pressure. In rare instances––only about one in a few hundred––stitching may be required. The transplant area will be numbed prior to the procedure, so the surgery itself is painless––though occasionally pain relievers may be required for a few days after the procedure. Numbness is the most common side effect, often reported by patients to last from three to eighteen weeks after the procedure. As with all surgical procedures, hair transplant surgery exposes patients to a slight risk of infection, and so doctors will frequently prescribe antibiotics to prevent complications.
According to Healthline, other temporary complications from hair transplant surgery may include:
- Swelling in the affected areas
- Slight bruising
- Temporary crust forming on affected areas of the scalp
Brief loss of the transplanted hair may occur in some patients. Though this may appear to be a complication, it’s actually a natural part of the transplant process. After the hair has been transplanted, the visible parts sometimes fall off to make room for new growth.
The best way to navigate the potential risks of hair transplant surgery is to choose a qualified, professional team of doctors and medical staff to perform the operation, like ours at Vinci Hair Clinic. We are dedicated to providing top-quality service and working to mitigate any potential complications on your hair recovery journey.