Thanks to some glowing endorsements from high-profile celebrities, the best hair surgeons in the capital are in increasing demand, thanks to their ability to provide the hair transplant London men and women are looking for to solve their hair loss issues.
However, being a relatively new surgery – the FUT method really only became popular in the 1970s, with the more recent FUE method appearing around 2000 – many people aren’t sure precisely what’s involved and how safe the procedure is. One of the most common concerns when people new to hair transplants first consider the idea is whether there are any side-effects.
The good news is that unlike other types of transplants, hair transplants are only minimally invasive. They are classed within the healthcare sector as low-risk procedures as long as medical protocols are followed. And with the latest technological advances in this sector, patients can now enjoy faster recovery times than ever before. The FUE method, in particular, has increased in popularity in recent years largely because it reduces procedural risks and recovery times.
But if you’re considering a hair transplant as a possible solution for your hair loss issues, you’re likely to want to know a little more about what to expect from the experience, as well as any potential risks.
The best way to allay any concerns you may have is to book a free consultation with a reputable hair transplant clinic, as they will always be more than happy to discuss the entire procedure and recovery process. However, if you are still in the research phase of hair transplant options, here’s a quick guide to the issue of side-effects.
What are hair transplant side-effects?
A hair transplant involves a number of small incisions in the skin of the scalp. These tiny cuts will be subject to the natural healing and repair processes of the body, which include a degree of redness and swelling, scabbing, and in some cases, there might also a little bruising. Both the swelling and redness should disappear within a week of the transplant. Some heal faster and some a little slower.
The type of side-effects can also depend on which type of hair transplant procedure you choose. With the original FUT or Strip Method – which involves the surgical removal of a strip of scalp from the back of the head – there is the potential for developing numbness around the area of skin that has been removed.
Like most hair transplant side-effects, this numbness is likely to be temporary, fading over time as the wound itself heals completely. However, this effect of numbness may last for a number of months after the surgery, so it’s important to be aware of this beforehand.
Minimising the risk of side-effects
The severity of these side-effects can be minimised partly by the expertise of the surgeon, but you can also do your bit in paving the way for an optimum recovery.
Certain Do’s & Don’ts in the days just after your hair transplant will help your body to heal naturally and minimise scarring, side-effects and complications. Your consultant will advise on the appropriate aftercare for your hair and scalp, as well as tips for general post-operative health and wellbeing.
Good surgeons will also advise you to monitor both your transplant and donor areas carefully over the weeks and months following the surgery. This is because any pain or tenderness could be the result of an infection which would require immediate treatment.
These kinds of side-effects are precisely why reputable clinics include a comprehensive aftercare programme, but under normal circumstances, return visits to the clinic are usually only needed at 6-monthly intervals after the initial treatment period.
Of course, if any unexpected or worrying side-effects develop in the weeks and months after your surgery, it is essential for you to book an appointment with the clinic where an expert will assess your recovery to ensure all is well.
Reputable clinics will review and wash your scalp soon after your surgery, so it is important to make sure you can regularly attend the clinic if you have any concerns. Many are choosing local clinics and avoiding going abroad for these reasons.
Although there can be minor side-effects with hair transplant surgery – much like any medical procedure – it’s important to remember that complications are rare, and in most cases, the whole experience is entirely painless. Good clinics will always offer a high level of aftercare, so any issues will naturally be resolved in your allocated check-up appointments or any extra visits that are required.