Can Hair Transplants Go Wrong?

While most hair transplant services offered render overall positive results for patients, there are certain cases in which these treatments can go wrong for a variety of reasons. As a potential hair transplant recipient, it’s important that you carefully examine cases in which the procedure is a success and failure equally to gain a good understanding of how it’ll likely affect you. Conducting Internet research is helpful in this regard, but it’s also advised that you seek the personal expertise of highly experienced hair transplant surgeons in your area so that they can help you determine the best course of action based on your current situation and your desired goals. Continue reading to learn about some of the reasons a hair transplant surgery could potentially fail.

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 Chances of a Hair Transplant Failure

In most cases, the chances of hair transplant failure are minimal. The majority of hair transplant specialists site overall high success rates for their patients, stating that the procedure is at least 90% fail proof. Yet, some patients are still prone to seeing little to no improvement in their rate of hair growth and regeneration in the months following the procedure. This can lead to emotional and financial distress, lowered self esteem, and extreme disappointment. To avoid such a grim and negative outcome, it’s highly important that patients familiarize themselves with all possible aspects and outcomes of hair transplant procedures.

Causes of Hair Transplant Failure

The following is a list of possible reasons that hair transplants are likely to fail:

Inexperienced Hair Transplant Specialist or Clinical Staff

As with any profession, the more experience your hair transplant specialist has in performing the procedure, the greater the chances of success are for you. Over time and with great practice, your physician should be able to develop the exceptional skills required to guarantee high-quality and precise work. The less experienced your physician is when it comes to extracting and relocating hair grafts, the higher the chances are that the delicate hair follicles will be mishandled and perhaps even irreparably damaged during the relocation process.

Incompatible Donor Grafts

Another reason hair transplants may fail is if the donor grafts are incompatible with your scalp or genetic makeup. The chances of this happening are usually heightened if the donor hair grafts are extracted from different parts of your body or even if they’re donated from other people. The reality is that there’s no way of guaranteeing that any particular hair graft will be suitable for your specific scalp.

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions That Cause Hair Loss

Certain pre-existing medical or genetic conditions can have severe side effects and symptoms such as partial or total hair loss. Autoimmune disorders such as lupus and various forms of alopecia are good examples of physical ailments that elude most physicians. Unfortunately, these conditions are often difficult to manage which means that the patients must find creative nonmedical ways of coping with the loss of their hair. The problem is that these conditions often go undiagnosed for long periods of time so patients might not even be aware that they’re suffering from them. If you knowingly suffer from any such conditions, then getting a hair transplant might not be a viable permanent solution for you as your hair is likely to fall out again anyway. Rather than spending copious amounts of money only to be vastly disappointed, you should discuss alternative treatment options with your hair loss specialist.

Poor Patient Aftercare Practices

When it comes to hair transplant recovery, there are no universal aftercare instructions or suggestions that are provided by every singly hair transplant specialist. Specific aftercare instructions are typically given at the discretion of each individual surgeon on a patient-by-patient basis. This means that sometimes the recommendations made by one surgeon will vary either slightly or immensely from one surgeon to another. Your hair transplant specialist should provide you with a detailed list of critical post-operative care instructions that must be followed very closely to ensure your full and proper recovery. Failure to comply could cause your newly relocated hair follicles to falter.

Improper Graft Placement

Improper graft placement is usually the result of working with a hair transplant surgeon who’s vastly inexperienced in their field. Graft placement is a highly practiced skill that requires a great deal of precision and dexterity. Each hair follicle must be properly positioned in order to give it a chance to lay roots and thrive. If this isn’t done correctly, it can damage the hair follicles and eventually cause them to dry out, which will lead to their imminent detachment from the scalp. Like planting flowers, hair grafting is an intricate practice that requires a great deal of knowledge in order to render positive results.

Ageing and Genetic Predisposition to Hair Loss

Hair loss is a natural part of ageing, which means that undergoing a hair transplant won’t necessarily prevent you from losing your hair, especially if you have a family history of genetic hair loss. Even newly relocated hair follicles must go through the natural cycle of hair regeneration and this includes the anagen (growing) phase, the catagen (transition) phase, the telogen (resting) phase, and the exogen (new hair) phase. If you happen to have a genetic predisposition for hair loss in certain parts of your body or on your scalp, there are no guarantees that a hair transplant will successfully result in a permanent full head of hair for you.

Do We Guarantee Hair Transplant Results?

At Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists, we always recommend scheduling an initial consultation with all of our patients to give them an opportunity to ask important questions and voice their concerns regarding a prospective hair transplant surgery. That way, we can properly assess whether or not certain patients are good candidates for undergoing a hair transplant and this also allows us to predict or determine the best possible outcome for all of our patients. One of our greatest qualities that contributes to our continued success as one of the most renowned hair transplant clinics in Toronto is that we take the time to understand all of our clients’ goals and concerns. This makes it easier for our specialists to make personalized treatment recommendations that suit the specific needs of our clients. To learn more about our clinic or to book a preliminary consultation with one of our hair loss experts, please contact us.

by Ken Robson

In business since August 1, 1986, I am the president and also a client at The Canadian Institute of Hair & Scalp Specialists. Having worked with a team of Doctors and Chemists over the years I have compiled a great deal of knowledge in this area, originally involved with a Pharmaceutical company manufacturing vitamins for the hair loss industry. Years ago I was fascinated by the new developments in this area as my own hair was beginning to thin. Studying Trichology at the Toronto clinic I then opened my own office and have enjoyed it ever since.