The following thorough response to a question from the Hair Restoration Social Community and Discussion Forums, was written by forum member “Gillenator”.
I’m 6 months post FUE and, after having bad donor area pain from days 5-12 and a few odd twinges since, I’ve recently noticed that the pain is starting to come back again in the donor area, especially at night. It’s like an ‘electric shock’ type pain and also feels pretty sore.
I’ve emailed my hair transplant clinic and will see what they say but just wondered if anyone else had heard of this months after follicular unit extraction hair transplantation? Just hoping it’s not permanent nerve damage cause it’s painful.
No doubt it’s the result of many severed nerves from the extraction process. The good news is that the nerve endings do heal and actually grow. This is what produces the “electric shock sensations” even up to one year or so post-op.
Some hair restoration patients also experience numbness up to 12 months or so post-op both in the donor zone and the recipient area. And that’s also related to nerves repairing themselves.
It just takes some time.