What Are The Side Effects Of FUE Hair Transplant?

What Are The Side Effects Of FUE Hair Transplant?

What Are The Side Effects Of FUE Hair Transplant? What are the side effects of FUE hair transplant? This is a common question asked by our patients who visit our clinic. This blog will aim to inform you about the main side effects you need to know, such as:

  • Pain in the donor’s head and the recipient area
  • Swelling around your hair transplant, forehead, and eyes
  • Itching
  • Bleeding at the donor or recipient site
  • Effects of implants or in the donor area
  • Inflammation or infection of hair transplants
  • Temporary hair loss (shock loss)

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Before undergoing an FUE hair transplant, you should meet with your surgeon in advance.

Surgery sounds simple – so are there any side effects to worry about? In short – yes there are.


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Your postoperative care is therefore extremely important. You should expect a detailed analysis of the side effects and how to manage them from your hair transplant surgeon.

What are the side effects of FUE hair transplant?

The main side effects you need to know are:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Bleeding
  • Crust
  • Inflammation / infection


It is often described as grazing as pain, but it should not be severe.

Hair transplantation involves many small cuts on your head. Once the local anesthetic is exhausted, you may begin to feel some of these small bumps. By the next day the worst feeling should have been exhausted and you should feel comfortable.

How can you deal with the pain? Any pain you feel can be easily treated using Paracetamol with Ibuprofen (or Nurofen).

What is your pain that does not go away? If your pain is persistent after a hair transplant, you should go back and see your surgeon. For example, in patients who have collected excessively with poor graft implantation and delayed scalp healing.


Most people who undergo a hair transplant procedure will develop swelling in the scalp around the forehead.

Swelling can start the day after the hair transplant. This tends to be worse on the forehead and around the eyes. It may take 7-10 days after surgery. In most patients this is mild, but in some cases it can be severe.

As they undergo surgery, there will be an element of inflammation from the surgery. This inflammation will cause the skin tissue in the scalp to swell and feel tight. This can sometimes move under the forehead and affect the eyes.

How can you deal with bloating? In our clinic, we provide regular anti-inflammatory drugs such as dexamethasone (a steroid). This is a tablet that you take once a day in the morning and helps reduce bloating.

What if the swelling does not go away? At this point you should make an appointment to see your hair transplant surgeon. They will be able to provide advice on how best to manage the side effect. Make sure this side effect is removed.


Itching on the scalp after a hair transplant is also very common.

Itchiness is often the last side effect to develop. It often affects the back and sides of the head where the donor was taken. Itching can also affect the area where the implants were implanted. It can start just 4-5 days after the procedure and can last up to a month.

Like swelling, itching is secondary to the inflammatory and healing process that goes through your scalp after surgery.


Bleeding may occur as a side effect immediately after the transplant. The back of the head where your hair follicles were removed will bleed on the day of surgery. This will stop after the procedure and you will develop scabies. The area will heal in the coming days – weeks.

Bleeding in the area where the follicles were implanted is normal on the day of the procedure. You should not bleed the next day of the procedure. If you are, you may have disconnected or removed an implanted hair follicle.

How can you deal with bleeding? If you find that you are bleeding the next day, do not panic. Just take a clean cotton swab or cotton swab and apply gentle pressure to the area. Do not rub as the follicles may come out. The bleeding should eventually stop. You should inform your surgeon that this has happened as it could mean that you have lost a hair follicle.


You may notice that crusts appear in the donor area – these are scabies and are normal. Crusts may also appear where your implants were implanted – this is also normal.

The crust can be avoided during surgery by carefully washing and spraying by your surgeon. The crust may also appear after surgery.

How can you deal with the bark? First – Do not remove the crusts. You risk pulling the cuttings and ruining your hair transplant. We recommend that you spray your implants regularly for the first 5 days after surgery. This helps prevent the formation of hard crusts. Once you start washing on the 5th day, soak your crusts for 5-10 minutes and rinse the area. Do not spray the area directly with your shower head, but let the water fall and rinse the foam. After 1-2 weeks you should not have a crust.

Inflammation or infection of hair transplants

As with any surgery, there is always a risk of infection. Your hair transplant should be performed in a sterile operating room, so this risk should be kept to a minimum. The infection can start just one day after surgery. The infection usually causes your scalp to feel hot, sore and itchy. You may even notice small painful yellow bumps in the area where you have your new cuttings.

How can you cure the infection? Normally, this can be easily treated with an antibiotic tablet. The tablet should start working within 1-2 days and clear the infection in 7 days. Sometimes your surgeon may also recommend a cream to apply to your scalp. This can also help fight the infection.

What are the side effects of FUE hair transplant? Want to know all the side effects and how to fight them? You can contact our clinic today.