Factors That Contribute to Failed Hair Transplants

Hair Transplant Surgeon

If you are one of the many people with hair loss, you may be considering a hair transplant. During this surgical procedure, hair follicles are removed from one part of your body and then implanted into your scalp. While many of these procedures are successful and the recipients are happy with the results, some of them aren’t so successful. Here are some of the most common factors that contribute to failed hair transplants.

You Didn’t Follow After-Care Instructions

After your hair transplant procedure, your doctor will give you a list of after-care instructions for you to follow for the next few weeks. It’s extremely important for you to listen to your doctor’s instructions. If you don’t, you might not achieve the results you want. For example, you have to be very careful about washing your hair after the procedure. You can shampoo your hair typically three days after the procedure, but must be gentle to avoid putting pressure on the hair follicles. You also have to be careful when combing your hair.

It’s also important to avoid strenuous physical activities for at least four weeks after the procedure and protect your scalp from the sun. If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery, you should contact your doctor immediately. 

You Aren’t a Good Candidate for the Procedure

Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for a hair transplant. That’s why it’s so important for your doctor to conduct various tests before attempting the procedure. For example, you should be in good physical condition and not have any chronic health problems, like diabetes, that can affect your results. You also should have sufficient donor hair to satisfy your needs. If you are almost or completely bald, you won’t have success with this treatment.

The Surgeon Was Inexperienced

Hair transplants are very precise procedures that require a great deal of skill. If the procedure is performed by a surgeon with little experience, you may not get the results you’re looking for. That’s why it’s important to do your research on doctor beforehand. The doctor you choose should have many years of experience performing hair transplants and be able to provide testimonials from previous patients. You should also look at the surgeon’s before and after pictures and search for Google reviews.

You Have Unrealistic Expectations

This isn’t exactly a failure, but can lead to disappointment. It’s important to have realistic expectations before you undergo a hair transplant procedure. For example, you shouldn’t expect to see results right away. In fact, most people don’t see visible results until 12 months after the procedure. You should talk to your doctor about your expectations before the procedure.

If you’re interested in getting a hair transplant, you should schedule a consultation with an experienced surgeon today. During the consultation, the surgeon will explain the details of the procedure and answer all of your questions.



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Dr. Robin Unger, MD, Hair Transplant Surgeon NYC