Pain In Donor Area After Hair Transplant

What Is A Donor Area?

Donor area is the scalp part that a surgeon harvests hair follicles and plants them in another place (recipient area). It is a common practice for this area to be at the back of your head. The donor area has to be dense in the hair population with large proportions of healthy and strong hair follicles.

A hair transplant procedure is a cosmetic procedure. It aims at correcting hair loss due to an accident or natural baldness. Like any surgery, it comes with its challenges before and after the transplant. Yet, the most familiar risks occur after the hair transplant.

Many patients would always want to know what happens to the donor area after transplant. More so, patients get concerned that the site might get damaged after the process. Or the area might remain patched and leave empty spaces in this area.

But what is of concern to the patient is the pain in the donor area after the surgery. Many would want to know why the pain is not going away, especially if the donor area’s time to heal has passed, but the pain seems not to come down.

It is critical to understand why the donor area experiences pain after the hair transplant procedure. Let us look at the processes that we use to harvest hair follicles from the donor area.

What Are The Processes Used To Pick Hair From The Donor Area?

When you visit our hair transplant clinic in Dubai, our surgeons use two methods to extract hair from the donor area.

  1.     Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) 

We pick individual healthy hair follicles from the donor area and transplanted them to the recipient area.

  1.     Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)

It is where we harvest a strip of the skin from the donor area. Then the surgeon will pick hair follicles and transplant them to the recipient area.


When used, the two procedures feel very little pains in the donor area after the hair transplant process.

The pain at the donor area is of different categories. So, it is essential to understand these three categories.

  • General pains associated with the hair transplant procedure
  • The pains associated with the follicular unit extraction process (FUE)
  • Pain as a result of the follicular unit transplant (FUT)

General Pains As A Result Of The Hair Transplant Procedure

After the hair transplant process, it is normal for a patient to feel some pain in the donor area. Usually, we associate pain with inadequate anesthesia administered during the procedure. The pain may be a result of the wound tension and bleeding. 

Pains can occur as a result of the itching of the donor area. Again crusting and drying of the skin in the donor area can contribute to a patient feeling pains.

Infections in the donor area can also lead to patients feeling pain. Indeed the procedure involved in hair transplant eliminates the possibility of infections. Though, in rare cases, has there been any infection in the donor area.

However, if you expose the donor area to poor hygienic conditions, then the safe procedure will not help much. You will end up with an infection at the donor area leading to more pain.

Pain In The Donor Area After FUE Procedure

Follicular unit extraction is the safest method used in our hair transplant clinic. Our best surgeons in Dubai carry out the procedure. Under the process, infrequent complications have arisen, resulting in our patients feeling pain in the donor area.

Like any other surgery process, the process cannot be 100% pain-free after the hair transplant. A few factors will contribute to the pain in the donor area after the hair transplant exercise. The factors that will lead to a patient feeling pain include the following.

  • FUE involves small/minor incisions made at the donor area to harvest individual healthy hair follicles. The puncturing of the scalp might be aggressive and non-uniform. The condition leads to the donor area becoming painful after the hair transplant surgery. 

Many will argue that FUE is a scar-proof process. The tool used to make small incisions when harvesting hair follicles causes invisible white macules. These invisible macules may result in the patient feeling pain on the scalp after a hair transplant.

  • Under the hands of an unqualified hair transplant surgeon, over-harvesting the hair follicles may happen at one point. Thus, leading to concentrated punctures made at one point in the donor area. When a patient is still under anesthesia during the transplant, they have no pain. But, after the process, the patient will feel some pain in the affected donor area.
  • A subdermal cyst may lead to painful feelings in the donor area. In most cases, this swelling at the base of the follicular root hairs is painless. 

Harvesting in the donor area can be in a hurry, with no diligence and performing blunt punches. It leads to graft formation in the scalp, leading to minor cases of painful experience in the donor area.

Pain In The Donor Area After FUT Hair Transplant Procedure 

The process may expose the patient to some pain because of the following factors.

  • The wound heals faster because of the higher vascularity ability of the scalp. But, the patient can have other underlying conditions. Conditions such as diabetes, and increased tension closure, then the patient is likely to have pain in the donor area.
  • The patient is likely to feel pain in the donor area if he/she gets involved in excessive early physical activities. The activities put pressure on the scalp and the donor area.
  • Premature removal of sutures and delayed removal of sutures may be a reason for you to feel pain in the donor area. Premature removal leaves the wound open because it has not healed well. Again, delayed removal builds pressure to the donor site, thus causing pain to the patient.
  • Delayed healing or non-healing of the donor area may cause pain to the patient after hair transplant surgery. Delayed healing can be a result of high tension along the incision line, which causes necrosis. 

Necrosis is a condition that is not friendly to the soft tissues on your scalp. Smoking also causes delayed healing or non-healing In the donor area.

  • Scars in the donor area after the FUT process can cause pain to the patient. After the FUT procedure, stitching leaves scars in the donor area. The spots vary; there is a wide scar, crosshatch scar, and visible scar.

All these scars are possible to the donor area following the excision on the scalp. If the scars in the donor area do not care well, you end up with a painful scalp and donor area.

  • Pains at the donor area may result from careless and deep incisions in the donor area. It results in wounds that take time to heal. Apart from delayed healing, you expose the donor area to infections that may lead to non-healing.

FUT involves demarcating the donor area, and then the donor removes a strip of the donor’s hair-bearing skin. Then the surgeon uses the strip to extract individual hair follicles.

Therefore it is a process that has a visible wound or scar in the donor area. After the hair transplant process, the surgeon stitches the donor area wound, covered by hair.

The FUT and FUE hair transplant procedure is a safe way for surgeons to have a successful hair transplant. The process requires utmost care from the right surgeon. 

Indeed, surgeons in our best hair transplant clinic in Dubai have become possible to bypass the sad face. By the use of advanced techniques one day after the other, our patients speak for themselves.

How Long Does The Pain Last In The Donor Area?

It takes two to three weeks for the donor area to recover. Other signs of the painful scalp, fatigue, sensitivity of the scalp, and many more should disappear after a month. Thanks to the high vascularity ability In the donor area.

During this time, the remaining hair in the donor area should cover the places extracted from the root follicles. So, the donor area would have a regrown by the hair follicles remaining in the donor area. 

Again in two months to a year after the hair transplant procedure, there will be a difference between the donor area and the other parts of the scalp because the site would have returned to its original looks that you wanted.

What Do I Need To Do To Relieve Pain In The Donor Area After Hair Transplant?

You can do the following to reduce the levels of pain in the donor area after the hair transplant procedure. 

  • Always ask your surgeon to carry out a comprehensive assessment of your health. Do it before undertaking the hair transplant procedure. It will determine which drugs to use before and after the surgery to ease the pain.
  • To ease the pain resulting from the drying and crusting of the donor area, use oral antihistamines and apply topical aloe Vera to your donor area.
  • Avoid vigorous activities to help ease and cut the pains in the donor area after hair transplant.
  • Consult the surgeon about when to remove stitches. Avoid early removal or delayed removal of sutures. That minimizes pains associated with hair transplant procedures in the donor area.
  • After FUT, during the donor area’s closure, take caution to avoid excess tension to the grafted area after the surgery.
  • Perform the simple massage exercise on your scalp after the hair transplant procedure. Do it with a lot of care not to hurt the donor area and, above all, to avoid affecting the new grafted hair follicles.
  • You can also consult your surgeon if the pain in the donor area persists. But to ease the pain, you can make use of prescribed painkillers. They go a long way in reducing pain.

In our hair transplant clinic in Dubai, we have many qualified transplant surgeons. They will give you the post-operation instruction and care methods. These instructions are to help you take care of the donor area after the transplant.

Call To Action

Expect pain in the donor area, like the pain to any other part of the body that has undergone surgery. But you can avoid most of the pests in the donor area.

Have a proper consultation and a detailed discussion with our best hair transplant doctors in Dubai. It will go a long way to help them offer a procedure that is satisfactory to you.

The purpose of using the FUE hair transplant was to counter the flaws that FUT presented to the patients. 

Visit or contact our hair transplant clinic in Dubai, where you will plan and discuss with our surgeon the best method that will not expose you to unnecessary pain.

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