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Understanding the Side Effects of a Hair Transplant

POSTED: 18 November 2019

When contemplating the decision to have a hair transplant, there are countless factors to consider. It’s important to be aware that there are potential risks when undergoing a transplant, however, when managed properly, the risks are minimised.

In this blog, we’re going to briefly discuss the potential for serious side effects.  

What Are the Side Effects Associated with a Hair Transplant? 

The number of risks involved isn’t extensive. All of them are associated with the donor area or recipient area and it is unlikely a patient will have any at all. However, in a worst-case scenario, the right medical attention will prevent any long-term issues. 


Scarring is more common if you have the Follicular Unit Transfer, or FUT, method of hair transplantation. However, its less likely to occur during a Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, method.


Any medical procedure that involves the skin has the potential for infection. If you’re booked in with a hair restoration clinic that is trustworthy and clean, the risk of infection is low. Naturally, there is an element of aftercare necessary, but if you follow the instructions carefully, infection is unlikely. 

Excessive Bleeding 

Bleeding after a hair transplant is a part of the process. However, the bleeding should be manageable and not last more than a day or two.


It’s not particularly surprising that a hair transplant would cause swelling. However, if completed successfully the swelling should be kept to a minimum. In some cases, the effects can reach down towards the face, and even affect the area around the eyes.


Similarly, slight bruising is par for the course during the recovery period. If it seems particularly severe, consult your clinician straight away as this could be a sign of deeper issues.


Feeling slightly numb in the weeks and months after a transplant is nothing to be concerned about. You should consult your clinician if it is still numb after four or five months. 


An itchy scalp is nothing to be concerned about. It is very much a part of the healing process as the scabs heal and new skin begins to regenerate. If you experience a particularly harsh case of itching, however, this could be an early sign of infection.


Patients need to be on the lookout for folliculitis. This is when bacterial or fungal infection emerges causing red, sore skin and whiteheads on each affected follicle. If you’re concerned that you have folliculitis, ask your doctor to prescribe antibiotics to help heal the issue. 

Suffering from slight side effects is not a reason for major concern. Each of them is manageable, even in the worst-case scenario. If you’d like to find out more or arrange a consultation call us today on 0345 2 100 300.

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