I have skin cancer which required graft closures. I have had MOH’s surgery and grafts twice and once (one year ago this past March) I had hair transplantation from the nape of my neck. Approximately two months after the surgery the right side of my scalp regained feeling but the left side did not. It still hasn’t so I told my plastic surgeon and he injected a steroid thinking it was scar tissue. While he was examining my scalp (after the injection, which did not work) he touched an area of my scalp on the left side that shot pain up to the top of my head probably right on the occipital nerve (greater). He didn’t know what to do so I went to see a neurologist who told me that some of the lesser occipital nerves are not as deep and are in fact at scalp level. My scalp (at the donor site) is so tight it is difficult to move my head to the right and down. Now he says I have cervical dystonia. I don’t believe that because in my research I found nothing that even resembles what I am feeling or going through. What do you think?
Persistent pain and/or numbness is a relatively rare risk of hair transplant surgery from small nerve damage. It is always stated in our pre-surgery consent form that we go over with our patients. Tightness of the scalp is also a side effect of a hair transplant surgery. The more surgeries you have, the more risk you may have of tightness or nerve damage. As your neurologist explained to you, some of your nerves may have been cut/irritated during the surgery and this may be contributing to your problems. I really have no way of knowing, though.