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  • by Dr. Tayfun Oguzoglu
  • 28 March 2018
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Can Hair Transplant Cause Cancer?

There is absolutely no such thing. Hair transplantation is the process of transplanting DHT hormone-resistant hair follicles, located in your nape region, to the hairless areas with the special FUE technique. During this procedure, no process is done which led to or causes carcinogenic cells. For this reason, hair transplantation is impossible to cause cancer.

Can hair transplant cause cancer ?Hair Transplant procedure can’t generate cancer or enhance the risk of cancer development. However, it shouldn’t stop you to openly inform any illnesses or health conditions to your doctors before taking any hair transplant procedure. A hair transplant may generate side effects but they have nothing to do with cancer, here they are:

1.Temporal Thinning

Weeks after the hair transplant procedure, you may notice that the transplanted area will lose the hair, it gets thinner over the time. However, you wouldn’t have to worry as it’s actually a normal post-surgery condition. The new hair should grow back within several months and reach its peak within a year.

2. Hair Transplant Bleeding

As the FUT require stitching to transplant the hair, you may experience bleeding after the hair transplant procedure. The bleeding can usually be stopped as you press it. However, the bleeding can’t stop in some case, the surgeon will need to apply more stitches to the wounded area.

Can Hair Transplant Cause Cancer?

3.Pain and Itchy

The FUE hair transplants actually generate a minor pain after the surgery. In fact, more than half of FUE patients experience a minor yet bearable pain. If you’re experiencing such unbearable pain, the doctors will prescribe you a pain reliever for your recovery period. In other hands, the healing wound usually generates itchy experience. Don’t scratch it, shampoo your scalp on regular basis instead to relieve the itching.

4.Hair Transplant Swelling

You will experience swelling in your forehead and around your eyes after the procedure, as everyone does. However, the swelling only occurs for only several days and reach its peak in the day 4. Just let it be, it’s a normal post-surgery condition.

5.Temporal Numbness

Most people will also experience numbness after the hair transplant surgery. It can last for up to several weeks after the procedure. Don’t worry, it’s only temporary and a normal condition after the procedure.  The numbness will be gone in several weeks.


It’s actually a unique side effect of hair transplant surgery even though it rarely happens. Well, it may disturb you meal and sleeping time. When it’s unbearable, the doctors can prescribe a reliever.

Can hair transplant cause cancer ?As you’ve seen, there is no cancer-related side effect generated by hair transplant on the list. However, you should be aware of these hair transplant side effects. Make sure that you’re following  the instruction provided by your doctor. Contact your doctor when any temporal side effects get worsened. You can contact us page for more information. Before and after photos you can see the following page. 

Dr. Tayfun Oguzoglu


Dr. Tayfun Oguzoglu

Dr. Tayfun Oguzoglu is pioneer MD for Hair transplant procedures in Turkey. He is the one of the first doctor who established his own clinic and applied FUT Technique in 1996-1997. After a year in 1998, he practiced in and became a member of International Society5 of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS).

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