Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): Side Effects of Surgery

Washington DC Follicular Unit Transplantation

Sep 5, 2014 — by Hadi Rassael
Tags: Follicular Unit Transplantation Side Effects

A man with glasses smiling at the cameraThe team at Millennium Medical in Chevy Chase believes in providing all patients with detailed information when it comes to surgical results and outcomes. By providing patients with this information, Dr. Hadi Rassael can ensure patient satisfaction and ideal recovery. This means knowing all of the risks and benefits and going over all of the potential side effects of treatment.

Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) is excellent for treating hair loss and providing you with a natural head of hair, for instance, but it is not without side effects. We'd like to take a moment right now to focus on the most common side effects of FUT.

Side Effects Are Not the Same as Complications

It should be noted that side effects are not the same thing as complications.

Side effects are a normal part of the healing process and will diminish as patients heal. Complications, on the other hand, are not normal and require immediate attention before they pose more serious health problems.

Shock Loss - Temporary Post-Surgical Hair Loss

Shock loss is one of the most common side effects of hair loss surgery, and it can be very distressing for many men who are not provided with proper information about this side effect.

Shock loss refers to the loss of the patient's existing hair as a result of the shock to the scalp of performing surgery. This is a natural occurrence after hair transplantation and is only temporary. The patient's natural hair and the transplanted hair will grow normally as healing continues in the weeks ahead.

Discomfort and Irritation

Discomfort and irritation are to be expected following all sorts of surgical procedures, and the same goes for follicular unit transplantation (FUT). The discomfort tends to be rather mild, however, and it can generally be addressed using regular over-the-counter pain relievers.

Swelling of the Scalp

Swelling of the scalp as well as the forehead may last for a few weeks after you have undergone follicular unit transplantation (FUT). Significant swelling tends to abate by the end of the first week or so, however. Use of cold compresses covered in cloth/fabric can help ease the swelling, though should only be used as directed to protect the new follicle grafts for damage.

Itchiness of the Scalp

Itchiness of the scalp is to be expected as the donor area and the follicular grafts heal. It's important that patients do no scratch their scalps as they heal. Regular washing of the scalp with recommended shampoos will go a long way toward preventing the itchiness from being too severe.

Numbness of the Scalp

Some amount of scalp numbness or tingling is common after follicular unit transplantation (FUT) has been performed. This should go away with time as patients continue to heal. During follow-up visits, you can discuss issues with scalp sensation or lack thereof in greater detail.

What Patients Should Do as They Heal

In addition to the tips above, patients are advised to follow all of their post-operative instructions to the letter. These will ensure optimal conditions for healing. For instance, wearing a hat to prevent sun exposure can go a long way toward ensuring optimal results. What's more, the use of sunblock is advised for healing weeks later when a hat may not be necessary simply to keep the scalp and the hair follicles healthy.

More tips and post-operative recommendations can be made during the consultation process with Dr. Rassael.

Learn More About Hair Restoration Treatment

For more information about hair restoration and how it can be of great benefit to you and your needs, be sure to contact our hair restoration center today. Dr. Hadi Rassael and the entire team at Millennium Medical look forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the very best when it comes to advanced hair transplantation results

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