The Safety and Efficacy of Hair Transplant Surgery

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A hair transplant is an effective way to help restore growth and fullness to an otherwise balding or thinning area. Some people, despite wanting the permanent results, are reticent at the idea of undergoing a “transplant surgery” and are worried about possible risks. The good news, then, is that a hair transplant is completely safe. This is because many of the risks commonly associated with surgical or transplant procedures don’t apply in cases of hair transplant operations.


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Anesthesia is commonly employed in many types of surgeries to render patients unconscious. While an important tool, anesthesia does come with numerous risks and must be carefully monitored during its application to prevent harm. During hair transplant procedures, anesthetic is not needed. Instead, a local numbing agent is employed. Patients remain awake but feel minimal pain, if any.


Surgery becomes more complicated and dangerous the deeper one goes into the body. Hair transplant operations are among the most minimally invasive—they don’t even go through the full layers of the scalp. Two small incisions are used; the first to take donor hair follicles and the second to transplant the constructed graft. The complicated parts of a hair transplant actually occur away from your body, where the grafts are prepared and tailored to you.

Success Rate

When properly performed, a hair transplant is permanent and guaranteed to result in growth. The reason is because the follicles used in the transplant are those that are immune to the effects of dihydrotestosterone, the hormone that kills hair follicles. The follicles around the side of your head are immune to the hormone while those on top are often not. This means that in most cases, the transplanted hair will be unaffected by whatever is or was responsible for your balding.

After Effects

Hair transplant surgery has few after effects. When the numbing medication wears off, you are likely to experience a tightness sensation near the suture area. Your scalp may also experience some swelling that should fade within a day or two. Of the new hair that is transplanted, some may end up falling out over the ensuing weeks, but the transplanted follicles will remain healthy and regrow the hair in time.

Incidentally, many ways to treat hair loss via medication can have side effects ranging from a dry, itchy, flaking, or burning scalp to erectile dysfunction and libido disorders. With this in mind, a hair transplant operation has some of the fewest side effects possible among baldness remedies.

The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists is an experienced hair transplant organization located in the heart of Mississauga. We have 20 years of experience in hair transplants, replacements, and hair loss treatment procedures. Feel free to contact us for more information about hair transplants or any other hair or scalp concern at 905-272-0190.

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.