Your scalp may be sore and you may need to take medications following hair transplant surgery, such as:
• pain medication
• antibiotics to reduce your risk of infection
• anti-inflammatory medications to keep swelling down
Most people can return to work several days after surgery.
It’s normal for the transplanted hair to fall out two to three weeks after the procedure. This makes way for new hair growth. Most people will see about 60 percent new hair growth six to nine months after surgery. Many doctors prescribe minoxidil (Rogaine) or propecia (a hair growth medication) to improve hair regrowth. These medications also help slow or stop future hair loss.
What Are the Complications Associated with a Hair Transplant?
Side effects from a hair transplant are usually minor and clear up within a few weeks. They can include:
• swelling of the scalp
• bruising around the eyes
• a crust that forms on the areas of the scalp where hair was removed or implanted
• numbness or lack of sensation on the treated areas of the scalp
• inflammation or infection of the hair follicles (folliculitis)
• sudden but typically temporary loss of the transplanted hair (called shock loss)
• unnatural-looking tufts of hair
What Is the Long-Term Outlook?
Typically, people who have had a hair transplant will continue to grow hair in the transplanted areas of the scalp. The new hair may appear more or less dense depending on:
• scalp laxity (how lose your scalp skin is)
• density of follicles in the transplanted zone
• hair caliber or quality
• hair curl
If you don’t take medication (propecia or minoxidil) or undergo a low level of laser therapy, you may continue to experience hair loss in non-treated areas of your scalp. It’s important to discuss the expected outcome with your surgeon and develop realistic expectations.