What are the surgical risks  of getting a hair transplant?  

There are always a number of risks associated with any type of surgery and it’s important to be aware of not only the great benefit that hair transplantation can provide, but also the risks.

Below are some of the risks one may associate with hair transplant surgery

  • Scarring (minimal or significant – significant scarring is rare in the hands of a first-rate hair transplant doctor)
  • Postoperative infection
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Delayed Healing
  • Death of transplanted hair follicles
  • Postoperative Hiccups (rare)
  • Swelling of the forehead and face (common but temporary)
  • Loss of feeling/numbness in the donor and recipient areas (mostly temporary)
  • Temporary Shock loss (native and previously transplanted hairs could fall out due to surgical trauma but will re-grow)
  • Permanent Shock loss (If existing hairs are transected due to surgery or if they were on their way out due to MPB)
  • Pinkness or Redness of the skin around the recipient area
  • Pitting/cobblestoning/ridging of the scalp (Various deformities in the scalp typically caused by older instrumentation or lack of proper care)

Many of the serious risks, however, can be significantly  minimized when in the hands of a first-rate hair transplant physcian. This is why we recommend our coaliton of independent hair restoration physicians  since they have proven to be the best in the industry.   In order to remain a member of the coalition, each hair transplant doctor must continually meet our high level of standards.

To learn more about selecting a hair transplant physician, I recommend reading the following thread  on our hair restoration discussion forums.

Bill
Associate Publisher of the  Hair Transplant Network  and the  Hair Loss Learning Center
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