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  • by Dr. Tayfun Oguzoglu
  • 5 April 2018
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Can Hair Transplant Cause Nerve Damage?

Since we operate within 0.5 mm of the skin in the FUE technique, there is no nerve plexus here and therefore a nerve trauma is impossible. The big nerve branches are deep in the area we operate, and the doctors who know the anatomy do not do harm in this way, so it is always safe having doctors do surgery.

Hair transplant is a surgical procedure where the hair follicles are removed from the donor area and replanted to the balding area. Just like other surgeries, hair transplant procedure isn’t without risk. However, skilled and experienced surgeons can minimize the possible risk. If you’re going to take hair transplant procedure for your hair loss problem then you should be aware of this risk. can hair transplant cause nerve damage ?

Nerve damage is one of the possible risks of hair transplant procedure. Both donor area and recipient area are at risk of nerve damage. Numbness is the common nerve damage symptom generated as the side effects of hair transplant surgery in the first weeks after the procedure. You wouldn’t have to worry about this post-surgery condition, as you will get the feeling back soon at the recovery period shown by itchiness on the head scalp.

Hair Transplant Nerve Damage

The nerve damage which is indicated by numbness in the donor or recipient area is commonly only temporary. Most of hair transplant patients get their full sensing days or weeks after surgery. This is a normal post-procedure condition which is not a cause for your concern. Permanent nerve damage is certainly a rare case of hair transplant surgery. However, it’s very important to strictly follow the post-procedure instructions so you can maintain the recovery period well and gain a proper healing on your head scalp. A false treatment conducted after the procedure may cause a more severe nerve damage which may lead to permanent numbness in the transplanted area and donor area.   

Hair Transplant Procedure Time

Don’t worry if the numbness is still there for weeks as several people may get their full sensing six months after the procedure. It’s due to the fact that each person shows different responses to the healing period. It’s similar to the growth of transplanted hair which may vary for each person. There is no shortcut in the healing process, you need to be patient to maintain the recovery period and follow the instructions provided by your doctor.

can hair transplant cause nerve damage ? The risk of nerve damage on the procedure can be significantly decreased due to advanced methods and expert surgeon. Any severe nerve damages can be generated by poor hair transplant procedures. Thus, you’re suggested to take your hair transplant in reputable hair clinics which are proven running a correct hair transplant procedure. Don’t be hesitate to gather information or reviews of those hair clinics. 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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