evaluating the risks of a hair transplant

What are Possible Hair Transplant Risks?

With modern technologies and experts in their fields, the hair transplant procedure has become safer than ever. Of course as with any surgical intervention there are some hair transplant risks. We’ll walk you through what’s to be expected after your procedure and how risks are kept at their lowest.


  1. Expected Side Effects
  2. Potential Hair Transplant Risks
  3. Hair Transplant Infection
  4. Hair Transplant Success Rate
  5. How Does Elithair Minimise Hair Transplant Risks?

Expected Side Effects


On average 3/10 patients find they have an itchy scalp. This makes it one of the most common side effects after the procedure. The scabs that form in the recipient area can contribute to this itchiness. In consultation with your specialist you should be able to easily remedy this using a serum or shampoo on the affected areas of the scalp.

Shock Loss

While it may seem like a cause for concern if your newly transplanted hair falls out this is a normal part of the hair transplant recovery process. As part of the hair cycle the implanted hair sheds as the phases of hair growth are interrupted and react accordingly. As the grafted scalp hairs fall out it makes way for stronger and healthier hair to grow in its place.


Where the hair has been transplanted, the recipient area can swell and redden after the procedure. The swelling is usually very minor and easily dies down on its own. Any pain can be managed with medications as advised by your aftercare specialist. The most important part of managing this side effect is to ensure that the implanted area is kept elevated while sleeping to avoid any issues.

Potential Hair Transplant Risks


By making micro-incisions as part of the hair transplant surgery there is a minor risk of bleeding from these wounds. With experienced specialists however this is minimised as there is only a small amount of damage to the skin cells. The most common sign of this is the scabs you’ll see in the affected area which are thin crusts of clotted blood which naturally fall away.

Hair Curl

If proper care is not taken during a hair transplant, hair curl can occur. During the extraction or insertion step the hair follicle becomes damaged. At this point it can curl under the skin once the incision has healed. If this happens the area can become infected and sore. At Elithair our specialists have years of experience and we take every precaution to mitigate this possibility.

Patient receiving hair transplant

Hair Transplant Infection

In less than 1% of cases, the procedure can result in infection as one of the side effects of hair transplant. The infected hair transplant follicle can result in pain, issues with wound healing and discolouration at the recipient site. This is because this area is vulnerable to any bacteria or foreign bodies that could disrupt the new follicles.

Thanks to our comprehensive clinical hygiene standards we’re able to reduce this chance of infection during the transplant. And by following our aftercare processes we can help to lessen any risk of infection which could have an impact on your final result. In severe cases patients can develop folliculitis as a result of infection but a topical antibiotic can treat this.

Beard infection

When it comes to a beard transplant the risks are the same as any other hair transplant procedure. In order to prevent infection following the operation, its important to avoid touching the implanted follicles during the healing process, activities that generate sweat and exposure to direct sunlight.

If you notice any signs of infection its important to contact your aftercare specialist and your doctor. Typically those who have a compromised immune system are more susceptible to developing an infection. However this will be discussed with your hair transplant specialist before the procedure in order to reduce this risk.

Hair Transplant Success Rate

There are many factors to consider when evaluating a successful hair restoration surgery. These range from the clinical infrastructure where the procedure is performed to the medical tools used and the surgeon performing the operation. Along with this the technique used and the success of the recovery can contribute to the final result. Since follicular unit extraction (FUE) is used over follicular unit transplant (FUT) the donor area also heals quickly and uniformly since there is no unsightly scar.

Studies have found that when it comes to hair graft survival after a hair transplant around 85-95% of implanted grafts are able to easily grow in the recipient area. Some people may fear that the grafts will be rejected. Thankfully this is most often not the case as the hair follicles come from your own body.

Is There Anyone Who Cannot Benefit From a Hair Transplant?

A hair transplant is the best long term solution for those suffering from hair loss. However it’s not always possible to remedy the issue for each patient with a procedure. This can depend on the type of hair loss they have. In certain cases implanted grafts are not as effective for those who have thinning hair. This is the case if there is not enough hair in the donor site or sufficient space in the recipient area. 

Those who have lost hair due to medications or chemotherapy will need to remedy the situation with their doctor once they are able to cease the treatment. If there are substantial scars on the scalp from any injuries it may not be possible for new hair to be implanted there. This is because the follicle has been damaged too severely.

Young man feeling his hair

How Does Elithair Minimise Hair Transplant Risks?

At Elithair our expertly trained specialists provide optimal care for your hair transplant. Through years of experience and cutting edge equipment along with high standards of hygiene we are able to minimise any risks associated with a hair transplant. Using modern techniques in our state of the art clinic we’re able to provide results that will have you smiling in the mirror day after day. Contact one of our consultants to start your hair transplant journey with us now.

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