Fue Hair Transplant: Side Effects

The FUE hair transplant has become one of the most popular methods of hair transplantation. This method is known for being minimally invasive and for having a 98% success rate, making it the safest hair transplant in this specific field of surgery, particularly when it’s performed by a specialized and well-trained surgeon.

Choosing an FUE hair transplant comes with many benefits, the most important ones being the following:

  1. Solves the issue of baldness.
  2. It is minimally invasive
  3. There is minimal scarring and discomfort
  4. There is a minimal risk of complication

The FUE hair transplant is minimally invasive because it doesn’t involve any scalp cutting or stitches. The scarring is practically invisible due to the fact that the incisions made during the surgery are practically invisible to the naked eye and close up after a couple of days. This procedure is safe, in fact the risk of infections or complications is very low. However, there is a very small chance of suffering from some side effects linked to the FUE hair transplant.


Side Effects of an FUE Hair Transplant

Some possible side effects that FUE hair transplant patients might suffer from are bleeding, itching, swelling of the scalp, infections, numbness of the scalp, pain and/or possible hair shedding.

  1. Bleeding is very common after the surgery and it can be easily treated
  2. Itching might happen due to scabs on the scalp but it is easily treated with constant application of shampoo.
  3. Scalp infections are rare but they can happen.
  4. Pain is a common side effect that can be treated with painkillers prescribed by the surgeon.
  5. Hair shedding is very common and usually happens after a successful surgery. However, it is not permanent.

These FUE hair transplant side effects are usually minor and aren’t permanent. It’s important to note that there are certain measures that patients can take to minimize any risk of suffering from any of these side effects.


How to Avoid Possible FUE Hair Transplant Side Effects

There are three things a patient can do to minimize the risk of side effects and ensure that they have a safe and positive recovery after their FUE hair transplant surgery.

  • Candidacy: Patients must know that not everyone is a candidate for an FUE hair transplant. Someone who is a good candidate for an FUE hair transplant is someone who suffers from hair thinning or alopecia. Everyone is different and each patient suffers from different stages of hair loss and they all have different amounts of healthy follicles that can be used for the procedure. It’s important that patients have an online consultation to verify that they are good candidates for this procedure.
  • Experienced surgeon: the surgeon who performs the FUE hair transplant plays a big role in the success of the procedure and also in minimizing any possible risks. It’s important that patients choose an experienced, certified and qualified surgeon because they will know how many grafts will be needed for the procedure and where and how to place them so that the result looks natural.
  • Post-op care: post-op care is extremely important when it comes to minimizing any possible side effects. Patients must carefully follow their surgeon's instructions so that they can avoid any possible infections and any of the other possible side-effects.

The surgeon will prescribe antibiotics or pain medication to reduce the patient’s discomfort and bandage the patient's scalp which they will need to wear for the first few days after the procedure.

Knowing this information will help future candidates to go through a safe and risk free procedure and after care which will lead to very positive results.

As advised beforehand, candidates should book an online consultation with their chosen surgeon and figure out if this hair transplant method is the correct one for them.