Hair Transplant Risks & Complications

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Hair Transplantation is a procedure that removes hair follicles from one part of the body, the donor site and inserts them onto a balding area called the recipient site. Hair follicles that are genetically resistant to balding such as on the back and sides of the head are transplanted onto the top and front of the patient’s scalp. Hair transplants can also be used to restore beard hair, eyelashes, chest hair, and eyebrows. 

Why do people restore their hair?

Every single year, more and more people are turning to hair transplant surgery in search of a solution to hair loss. People use hair transplant not only to rejuvenate their image, but also to reduce the side effects of certain diseases such as cancer or lupus.

The pattern of male and female hair loss changes the way we see ourselves and how we present ourselves to the world. The involuntary changes in our physical appearance create a lot of stress and insecurity in men and women. Individuals respond to hair loss differently, some accept it as an inevitable fact of life along with other physical changes such as wrinkles and skin blemishes, while others seek treatment options to recover their prized hair.

Issues that can arise from surgery

The most frequent male and female hair loss patterns are due to a polygenetic disorder called androgenetic alopecia that affects the hair from the frontal region to the vertex of the scalp, usually sparing the hair on the back and sides of the scalp.

If performed properly, hair transplantation is a safe and permanent treatment for baldness. However, on certain occasions, the technique of the surgeon is not adequate and therefore the results obtained do not meet the patient’s expectations. For this reason, we always recommend requestioning a consultation with us so that we can connect you with the top hair surgeon in your area. The main problems associated with hair transplantation, often resulting from an inexperienced surgeon are outlined below.

Hair plugs and the “wrist hair look”

Decades have passed since the first hair implants were performed in 1959 when the German dermatologist Norman Orentreich put into practice his idea of transplanting follicles from areas where they were left over to areas where they were missing.

In the method described by Orentreich, the transplant was carried out in four sessions and in each of them, the follicles that were extracted from the donor area were grafted in a routine way so that a perfectly aligned pattern with equal clusters of hairs was created. This caused unnatural results that resembled doll hair or “wrist hair” as it was commonly known as in the past. 

This issue was resolved by the randomizing the distribution of the follicles and the use of instruments that allow extracting smaller follicular units (1mm – 0.7mm of diameter). 

Irregular hair direction

Another problem associated with hair transplantation is the placement of the hair follicles in an incorrect direction which can create an odd appearance. This is a situation that depends largely on the skill of the surgeon and should never occur when working with an experienced and trained hair transplant surgeon in Michigan. A good hair surgeon has the ability to vary the angle of the grafts depending on the area where they are made.

The natural direction of hair growth is not perpendicular to the scalp, on the contrary, it takes a more acute angle the closer it comes to the temples. The surgeon has to be carefully observing the direction that the hairs take to adjust the new follicles grafted with it.

Hair Transplant Risks & Complications

Permanent scarring

Hair transplantation using the FUT technique inexorably produces a horizontal scar in the donor area, but let’s say that it is something that has been assumed if this method is chosen and that it will be disguised by leaving the hair long. The great advantage of the FUE technique with respect to the FUT method is that it does not cause any visible scar if performed correctly.

Medical complications

The excellent blood flow in the scalp makes post-surgical complications extremely rare.

To help minimize any risk of infection, many doctors, although not all, designate the administration of oral antibiotics for prophylactic purposes. The main medical complications associated with hair transplantation include folliculitis, bleeding, shock loss, pruritus, transplanted hair loss, and decreased sensitivity in the donor area. Rare complications include keloids, arteriovenous malformation, and drug toxicity.

Having unrealistic expectations

You should not expect to restore an area larger than the donor area, In cases of severe baldness (grade IV on the Norwood-Hamilton scale), you can not achieve full restoration of the scalp. When the surgeon makes the mistake of trying to restore an area that is too large, hairs will have large gaps between each other and the results will look worse than if a more realistic design is made by restoring a smaller area.

It is important to prioritize the area to be treated. Restoring the front of ​​your scalp will allow your face to regain its original expression, so this should be the priority for patients.

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