What are the risks of a hair transplant?
A hair transplant is the last resort for many people who seek an effective hair loss solution. But the fear of pain and developing complications stop some of them from considering surgical treatment. Surely, since it is an invasive procedure, there are some risks associated with it.
But what are the possible risks of a hair transplant? Is the fear of side effects justified? In this article we will provide information on possible complications and who should avoid undergoing hair surgery. We will also explain why the FUE method is the safest hair transplant technique.
- Defining the risks associated with a hair transplant and how to avoid them
- Who should avoid undergoing a hair transplant?
- Do the gains outweigh the hair transplant risks?
Defining the risks associated with a hair transplant and how to avoid them
Like any surgery, a hair transplant involves certain risks. But with the right specialist by your side, they can be kept at the lowest level possible. In addition, the occurrence of adverse events after a hair transplant is considered to be relatively low compared to other surgical procedures. Here is an overview of the possible risks associated with a hair transplant.
It may happen that the result does not meet your expectations. Either the hair density is too low or the hair grows in an unnatural direction and creates a non-aesthetic image. Failure to match the natural hair growth direction may also result in an unsatisfactory appearance. However, with a trained specialist who has been performing hair transplants for years, you need not be afraid of this risk.
Pain during or after a hair transplant
Anaesthetic injections may be a bit uncomfortable as they need to be done at several points in the scalp. The use of needles and syringes may scare off some patients. We at Elithair offer an option of anaesthesia, which is done with a special device that administers the anaesthetic through the skin by applying pressure.
Moreover, the modern FUE method, which is almost exclusively used in hair transplantation now, is minimally invasive and done under local anaesthesia.
Inflammation and swelling
Of course, wounds can swell and redden after surgery. These risks of a hair transplant are bound to occur at least for a short time after the surgery has been performed. That is especially the case with the FUT method, where the doctor has to remove the whole strip of skin from the head. Inflammation can be disturbing for the patient, however, it is a normal consequence of any surgical intervention.
The tiny openings that occur during the FUE hair transplantation usually heal without complications. Also, if the patient applies some antiseptic and soothing cream, inflammation and swelling will be relieved in 1-2 days. You can also reduce swelling by sleeping on a high pillow with your head elevated.
Itching is quite common after surgery, it means that the wounds are in the process of healing. However, you must desist from scratching the itchy areas, since it can displace the newly implanted grafts as well as increase the risk of infection.
Bleeding may occasionally occur within 2 weeks after the operation. To avoid or minimise it, the patient should never scratch the scalp or pick the scabs. Avoid strenuous physical activities, drinking alcohol, smoking, and taking aspirin within at least 7-10 days as well. If bleeding takes place, put a clean gauze cloth on the bleeding areas and gently apply pressure with your fingers.
In the FUE method, the risk of infection is very low due to the less intrusive nature of the procedure. The doctor will most likely prescribe antibacterial cream to the patient to prevent any infection. However, keeping the hygienic standards is particularly important here, which is why it is necessary to check the reputation of the clinic beforehand.
Scarring may be quite visible if the patient has undergone the traditional FUT or ‘strip’ method. With the stitchless FUE method, you do not have to expect apparent scars. The visibility of scars, however, will also depend on how well the wounds can heal, if the scalp is loose or tight and how densely the surgeon implants the grafts.
The grafts fall out
Sometimes the implanted grafts fail to take and a follow-up treatment might be needed. This risk can be diminished by a comprehensive preoperative examination of the patient. It is possible to predict how good the grafts will take by assessing the quality of the scalp and hair.
Who should avoid undergoing a hair transplant?
If your hair loss has such causes as stress or a lack of certain nutrients, it is best to visit your dermatologist. In this case, the cause of the hair loss must be found and can be combated with medications, supplements and lifestyle changes.
People with diffuse hair loss have inadequate donor supply hence they are advised against undergoing a hair transplant. They have a higher risk that the grafts are too weak and will not take at the recipient area.
Those who suffer from thinning hair may also not be suitable for hair surgery since there are no distinct bald patches and not enough space to implant the new hair. There is a risk that the new grafts will be rejected or that they will dislodge the neighbouring hair.
Also, the risks of a hair transplant can be minimised if your scalp is normal or loose. People with a tight scalp are not the best candidates for the procedure, as it would be difficult for the surgeon to insert the grafts.
Do the gains outweigh the hair transplant risks?
Some reasons why a hair transplant might be unsuccessful can be identified in the course of a preliminary examination. The effectiveness of a hair transplant will also depend on what form of hair loss you have. At the same time, some side effects, like swelling or itching, are very likely to happen and should not put a prospective patient off the procedure.
They are a normal consequence of any surgery and can easily be relieved at home. In the end, a hair transplant is considered a very safe procedure with an extremely low risk of developing complications. Besides, an experienced doctor will be able to instruct you regarding post-operative aftercare to zero-down any risk.
Do you have more questions ? Then don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team that will answer all your queries. Furthermore they can also propose a free and non binding hair analysis. So don’t hesitate if you want to benefit from Dr. Balwi and Elithairtransplant’s expertise for a successful and affordable hair transplant in Turkey !