Hair Transplant Side Effects

Those who want to have hair transplant usually ask the questions “hair transplant side effects” or “is there any harm in hair transplantation” very often. Hair transplant is among the most frequently performed aesthetic operations in recent years. In addition, this procedure is a surgical intervention. For this reason, some side effects may occur after hair transplantation surgery. However, this situation varies from person to person.


What are the hair transplant side effects?


Like every operation, some reactions can be seen after the hair transplantation process. These reactions are called side effects. In order for the side effects of hair transplantation to be minimal, you need expert hair transplantation surgeons. However, it is imperative that you receive services from competent professional health institutions.


Sterilization is very important in hair transplantation operations. The operation should be performed in a sterile environment and by health personnel who take care of this issue. Proper planning is required before hair transplantation. At the same time, determining the appropriate hair transplantation technique for the patient is among the factors that minimize these side effects. The patient should inform his doctor about his disease history and chronic diseases, if any. Accordingly, it is planned how to follow a path before and after the treatment.


As a result of the services received from non-professional organizations and inexperienced people for hair transplantation operations, you may encounter a failed hair transplantation process. In addition, it is possible to encounter permanent damage in the donor area, unnatural hair transplantation, infection and many other permanent damages.


As a result, it is expected that some side effects will be seen after hair transplantation operation. However these hair transplant side effects are called mild. It should be followed up under the supervision of a doctor.


Hair transplant side effects


You can read more about the most common side effects below.




One of the most common side effects after hair transplantation procedures is crusting. It occurs within the first 48 hours after hair transplantation. It usually occurs in the area where hair transplantation is performed. This is a natural and temporary process. At the same time, crusting is a sign of healing. Your doctor does not intervene in the crusting that occurs after hair transplantation. Never peel the shells. Doing so is vital for the health of the transplant and hair follicles. If you peel the bark, this can directly damage the hair follicles. This problem will pass by itself within an average of 2 weeks after hair transplantation surgery.


When crusting occurs after hair transplantation, you need to follow your doctor’s instructions without worry. At the same time, you should use the drugs regularly. It is also very important which shampoo you use during this time. Your hair transplant surgeon will recommend you a special shampoo after the procedure. It is important that you use the shampoo recommended by your surgeon to overcome this process easily. Ask your doctor for support about shampoos that you can use during the crusting phase after hair transplantation.


2-Bleeding scalp


Another common side effect after hair transplantation is bleeding. If you used blood thinners before the transplant, then the bleeding may be more. For this reason, you need to stop taking blood-thinning drugs at least ten days before the procedure. Bleeding is a possible side effect of a hair transplant, a side effect that, as we mentioned, increases the risk with the use of certain blood thinners. Although there may be some bleeding with simple measures, it is not difficult to treat. However, if you have constant bleeding, then additional stitches may be required.




At least three out of every 10 patients have scalp itching after hair transplant. Therefore, itching is also one of the most common side effects. The intensity of itching may vary. But it’s best to get it checked before it becomes more severe. A common cause of itchy scalp is the formation of crusts. If irritation does not reduce the problem and goes beyond tolerance, you need to inform your doctor. Special moisturizing oils that help treat this problem may come in handy.




Acne is among the side effects of hair transplantation. However, it is known as one of the most common problems. During the procedure, the micromotor device pushes the surrounding roots under the skin. As a result, acne occurs. The acne problem after hair transplantation operation sometimes lasts more than 2 months. However, this is a temporary situation. Shock is a more common problem after shedding. However, hair washing and massage is a situation that can be overcome by not neglecting it. If pitting increases in advanced stages, tell your doctor. Your doctor will prescribe a suitable medication for you. He can make different medical recommendations.


5-Scalp infections


After the operation, there is a risk of developing infection on the scalp. Infection from hair transplantation is rare. But it is a possible side effect. However, the risk of developing infection is greater with poorly performed operations.


6-Thinning of hair girth


Hair thinning is not very common, but hair transplantation is one of the side effects. This phenomenon is also observed after a successful operation, along with hair loss. Even the unaffected area can be damaged. However, this act of stagnation does not last long. It passes in a short time.


7-Shock loss


Shock loss after hair transplant operation is seen in almost every patient. However, this is not a situation that requires you to worry. It is the temporary loss of hair strands on the hair follicles in the transplanted area. Although this is a normal process, people who experience hair loss are caught unprepared. Naturally, this can cause anxiety and frustration.


A definite time frame cannot be given for shock hair loss as side effects of hair transplantation. It usually passes 1-3 months after hair transplantation. For many patients, it is completed within 2 weeks. However, this period varies from person to person. Hair loss after hair transplantation is completely temporary. However, it is a very normal situation.




Cyst, which is an acne-sized protrusion, is one of the most important side effects of hair transplantation. A patient may damage the scalp due to the fact that the hair follicles push deeper into the layers. After that, the formation of cysts is observed. But these can be easily treated. We recommend that you seek appropriate medical advice from your doctor for cysts.




Edema and swelling problems after hair transplantation operations are also frequently seen side effects. In the first 48 hours after hair transplantation, it may occur in parts of the head, including the face area. It is a side effect of standard hair transplantation. 


Edema and swelling after hair transplant is a condition that will pass by itself. There is no need to panic. However, you need to take into account the recommendations of the surgeon who performs hair transplantation. Within an average of 1 week, swelling and edema pass by themselves. But in some cases, the edema may not disappear. In addition to this problem, it can be accompanied by high fever, weakness, chills. In such a case, be sure to contact your doctor.




Many surgeries cause pain that radiates after the procedure. Complaints of pain after hair transplantation are rare. When the pain increases, severe medications can help reduce the problem. However, in most cases, the pain is quite bearable. Often the pain is a temporary side effect. It passes immediately with easy interventions.


Common permanent hair transplant side effects


Among the side effects that can be seen permanently is permanent loss of grafts in the donor area. The donor area is where the follicular units resistant to hair loss are located. Healthy hair follicles are removed from here for transplantation. Grafts taken from the donor area are not renewable. Therefore, the donor makes the hair a limited graft source. After the procedure, you need to have a dense hair in this dense area for the donor area to look natural.


How can I avoid the hair transplant side effects?


If you want to avoid the side effects that may occur after hair transplantation, you should first find a very good and experienced doctor. In addition, you need a reputable and high-quality hair transplant clinic. The more professional and controlled the process goes, the more successful the results will be. As AEK Hair Clinic, we care about your health safety and expectations. AEK Hair Clinic, a hair transplant center in Istanbul, never has ‘self-employed technicians’, unlike many hair transplant clinics in Turkey. All of AEK Hair Transplantation Team are trained directly by our doctor. However, it has not only consistently provided good results for years, but also ensured that each patient’s valuable donor site is protected for possible future sessions.


There are not many centers dedicated to surgical hair loss treatments in Turkey. AEK Hair Clinic was founded by our plastic surgeon, who did all his work on hair restoration surgery. Our surgeon, who can treat even the most complex hair loss problems, is the only Turkish plastic surgeon in Turkey who is ABHRS certified. We successfully perform your hair transplantation process with scientifically proven techniques. We ensure that you achieve precise and lasting results with high-quality and sophisticated treatments.


Contact us for a smooth hair transplantation process.