After hair transplant surgery, whenever I swipe my fingers across my corner hairline, I feel a tingly feeling on my scalp. What is the cause and is this normal?
This is relatively common. The procedure does cause transection of many sensory nerve fibers on the scalp’s surface. In most cases they do regenerate and bring back normal sensation. I have seen this take a year or more in some patients.
Is this ‘tingling sensation’ generally more prevalent after a first procedure as compared to subsequent hair transplants? I experienced the tingling for 6 months following my first procedure but am currently 1 month post-op from my second hair restoration surgery, and only experienced the tingling for a few weeks.
I have had a few patients that had prolonged numbness after the first procedure and regained normal sensation within 24 hours after the second surgery. I have also had a few patients with no numbness after the first procedure and prolonged numbness after the second surgery.
Dr. Glenn Charles
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