After almost four years, I feel pain around the donor area. I doubt the doctor has cut too deep and damage my nerve or muscle. What is the way to identify the source of the pain?
Possible nerve damage or irritation is a potential risk of hair transplant surgery as well as other surgeries which involve a deep cut in to the skin. Rarely, I have seen cases where a patient may experience pain in focused areas around the donor scar. With time this should resolve. However, after four years you may want to go back to your surgeon and discuss what this source of pain may be. Without a direct examination, I do not believe I can advise you on a possible source of your pain. An examination of your scalp will show if the major nerves are intact, and if you have a trigger point from which the pain can be elicited. This should be part of a doctor’s examination of you, something I would do if I were your doctor.