What are the side effects of hair grafting?

Most side effects that come with a hair transplant usually go away within 1 to 3 weeks. Among the most common side effects are:

  • Swelling.
  • Bruising around the eyes.
  • Crust may form on the "donor" and "recipient" sites of the scalp.
  • A lack of feeling or decreased sensation around the "donor" and "recipient" sites of the scalp.
  • Itching in the "donor" site.

What are the side effects of scalp reduction?

  • Headache.
  • Scalp tightness (temporary).
  • Swelling (temporary).
  • Scarring at the suture lines.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/10/2016.


  • American Academy of Dermatology. Hair Loss Accessed 5/11/2016.
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Hair Replacement Accessed 5/11/2016.

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