What causes a hair transplant to fail?

en 2020-08-26 08:27:35 2020-09-28 21:54:56

The percentage of hair transplants that result in failure can be said to be low in percentage provided the patient is in good health, follows the pre-and post-operative instructions outlined by the doctor, and that the most ideal hair transplant method is selected. Some causes that can contribute to a hair transplant to fail can be outlined as; inexperience of the doctor, not being an ideal candidate for hair transplantation, insufficient postoperative care, unrealistic expectations.


Inexperience of the doctor

Graft placement is one of the most important stages of hair transplantation and plays a crucial role in the final expected appearance of the patients’ hair following the hair restoration surgery. Less-experienced doctors are prone to make mistakes while predicting the permanent safe donor area for hair transplantation. If doctors harvest follicular grouping obtained via improper extraction from the donor area and non donor areas, the unfavorable end results of a bad procedure will ultimately reflect on both the recipient as well as the donor area.

Not being an ideal candidate for hair transplantation

During the medical examination the doctor will conduct various tests and special procedures to evaluate indicators such as; sufficiency of donor hair, future implications of hair loss patterns, hair loss classification as well as hair loss diagnosis of the patient. Understanding these guiding factors will determine whether the individual is a good candidate to undergo the procedure.There must be sufficient donor hair available for transplant, and the number of grafts transplanted should be more than enough to achieve adequate coverage throughout the recipient site. If these factors are not taken into consideration then the results obtained may not be as expected, resulting as an unsuccessful hair transplant procedure.

Insufficient postoperative care 

After the hair transplant procedure the doctor will provide the patient with after-care instructions as well as comprehensive information regarding the post-operative treatment that is required to be conducted for the following days and weeks. It has been observed that some patients’ experience extensive scabbing around their hair shaft. Scratching this area or improper hair wash may have an adverse effect on the graft survival as well as the final outcome.

During the postoperative period, following the hair washing instructions- that should be carried out gently, avoiding sun exposure within the prescribed time or refraining from exercising that may cause sweating, is crucial to achieve satisfactory results in every aspect. In order to avoid postoperative complications, it is important to follow the doctor’s instructions and advice precisely


Unrealistic expectations

Having unrealistic expectations about your operation may lead to disappointment. That’s because you may think you need a certain procedure to get a certain outcome; yet in reality, that procedure might be inappropriate for you or it might not be the right operation for your hair to get you the result you want. To avoid any kind of dissatisfied result, a patient must consult a doctor. Because, consultation is an essential part of reaching your treatment goals. You will have all the information you need to decide what kind of treatment is suitable for your hair, whether or not to push through with the procedure. In short, your first in-person meeting with your doctor helps you discover your best options. 


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