Hair Surgery Risks and Side Effects
Hair surgery, like any other surgery, has its limitations and potential risks. Not everyone is a good candidate, since you need to have a sufficient hair density in the donor area. People suffering from diffuse hair loss - female pattern baldness - are usually bad candidates.
The biggest risk you take once you have decided to go ahead with the hair transplantation is that the end-result may not meet your expectations, though the change is basically irreversible. Hair transplant surgery is a type of cosmetic surgery, creating the illusion of a full head of hair while utilising the little hair that has been left in the donor area. Keep that in mind and set your expectations accordingly. Therefore, it is essential to find a good hair transplant surgeon who can create such an illusion. Another important factor is the surgeon's ability to work efficiently in terms of utilising the available donor hair. As far as the follicular unit extraction method goes, transaction of donor hair follicles can cause the destruction of more than 50% of the transplant material in the hands of an inexperienced surgeon. Other risks involve excessive bleeding and a long healing process in the wounds, potential infections and resulting scarring, shock loss of hair post surgery (which is reversible), and scalp numbness and tension. Potential financial risks involve the fact that it may later turn out that one procedure was not enough to achieve the desired change or that you need a corrective hair transplant to repair previous bad work.
The main side effects of hair surgery are connected with the need to commit yourself to the use of finasteride or any other effective hair loss treatment for the rest of your life in order to prevent further loss of hair in areas adjacent to the former bald spot and the fact that you will no longer be able to shave your head due to the scarring. However, hair transplantation techniques have advanced so much recently that most patients can shave their hair really short.
It may sound repetitive but it can be useful to give you one example of what might happen to you in a bad case scenario. Imagine you have had your surgery at a relatively early stage of your balding process and you are not a good responder to finasteride and minoxidil or you are suffering from their side effects. Your baldness is going to progress further and you will have to chase it with additional hair transplants. But if you run out of donor hair, you could end up with a patchy scalp. The obvious thing to do then would be to shave your head. But that would no longer be possible given the scars at the back of your head. The purpose of this blog is not to discourage you. The aim is to give you a balanced view that cannot be always obtained at a commercial website promoting hair transplantation. The information found here should equip you for a professional discussion with your surgeon.