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Hair transplant risks: how dangerous is hair surgery?

Hair transplant risks and side effects

More and more people are undergoing hair transplants for fuller hair but are underestimating the risks. With the increasing need for hair operations, the number of providers of doctors with insufficient know-how and experience also rises considerably, which ultimately means higher risks and side effects. How high the risk is with a hair transplant, whether scars can arise, where exactly the potential danger lies and how the world's leading association ISHRS expresses itself and even the campaign “Fight the fight “in the fight against the increasing number of OP botch by providers with dubious methods, read here!

Toilet brush look, moth-eaten and soccer field look, poor growth rate, wrong growth direction, scars, cobblestoning and pitting

Hair transplants describe an operation on the human body and also involve risks and side effects - just as there is always a risk with all other surgical interventions in any medical field. In the area of ​​a hair transplant, these are mainly in the reception area toilet brush look, bad growth rate, wrong direction of growth, scars and in the donor area moth caused damage and football field optics, scars.

Also take a look at the brief overview of the risks of a transplant in the following table (the table can be scrolled to the left and right depending on the screen resolution):

In the following, you will also find out in detail what dangers you expose yourself to a hair transplant and how these can be limited in the best possible way.

Inadequate training and qualifications: The subject “hair transplantation” has not yet been taught in any university course!

Above all, the selection of a suitable provider / hair surgeon decides on the extent of the risks. The training, qualifications, experience and extraordinary skills of a doctor are crucial for the success of a hair transplant.

A fundamental problem, however, is that in many countries and also in Germany, the subject "hair surgery" has not yet been taught in any university training, neither in training to become a plastic surgeon, nor in training on other topics! A medical specialist title alone does not guarantee sufficient know-how and experience in the field of hair transplantation and a specialist medical title does not guarantee a good growth rate with natural results (read the article Hair transplantation in Germany yes or no?)!

In addition, the chosen method and the related instruments and / or medical devices also contribute to the best possible hair transplantation. A lack of transparency with the name and quality characteristics of the doctor performing the procedure, on the other hand, increases the risks considerably! In order to keep this as low as possible, it is advisable to choose a renowned, specialized hair surgeon with outstanding skills, whose successful results have been proven and / or documented by former patients on the Internet.

Medical malpractice

The subject of the dangers of a hair transplant and "treatment errors" is a broad field and sometimes a delicate subject. Hair transplants are usually about unsightly and ugly scars, unnatural hairlines with hair in the wrong direction and the look of a toilet brush (too thick grafts in the front), bad ones and low growth rate and in FUE operations in the donor area often around decimated donor areas with moth damage and window optics. Dissatisfied patients are quick to speak of treatment errors in the case of unsuccessful hair transplantation, but laypeople can only speculate about treatment errors. In case of doubt, only a medical report and, ultimately, a court can rule on whether there is actually a medical malpractice. However, there is still a risk - and the more unknown and inexperienced a doctor is, the greater the likelihood of a malpractice! Here, too, there are the lowest risks when choosing a proven specialist!

Hair transplant risks and what can go wrong during surgery? An overview: scars, wrong growth direction, toilet brush look, moth caused damage and football field look, poor growth rate

Danger zone hair ring (donor area)

FUE technology

Outstanding knowledge of the surgeon is indispensable in order to guarantee a gentle and optimally distributed removal of the FUs (follicular units, grafts, hair follicles). If this does not succeed, visually very unsightly appearances can remain, which are referred to as (colloquially) "moth damage".

Moth damage after transplanting with the FUE technique (individual removal): football field and window optics

If the required transplants are removed by machine (micromotor removal), there is a risk of clearly visible areas that have been removed, reminiscent of a “soccer field” or “window look”, if performed by an inexperienced doctor or if a technically immature device is used. Likewise, patients are exposed to the likelihood of graft damage. If too many grafts are removed, one speaks of "overharvesting", which not only leaves the above-mentioned optical and aesthetic damage, but also ruins the graft reserves in the donor zone.

Method FUT (removal by surgical skin strip removal)

The surgical extraction of a strip of skin on the back of the head is used to obtain the required FUs that are to be implanted in the reception area. Even when using this method, excellent experience is required in order to generate the grafts / hair follicles undamaged from the removed skin flap. In addition, however, the patient himself also has to fear discomfort resulting from the actual surgical removal of the skin flap. The operation can leave unsightly scars, long-term unpleasant or painful feelings of tension can remain, and in extreme cases, weak wound healing properties can hinder healing.

Danger zone Reception area: unnatural hairline, thick grafts and toilet brush effect

The hairline describes the most important zone in the course of a hair transplant! The first glance of a counterpart is directed to the face and the hairline.

An unnaturally created hairline is immediately noticeable and you should therefore take the potential danger in the reception area very seriously! Some globally recognized and renowned hair surgeons have specialized in hairline design, the consultation of a proven expert is definitely worthwhile! Otherwise there is the risk of unnaturally shaped hairlines (drawn too far into the face, too far towards the top of the head or unaesthetically laid out in the lines) and also the risk that grafts that are too “thick” are implanted in the hairline or that the groupings are not selected correctly . As a result, this creates unnatural "tufts" of hair, a so-called toilet brush effect, where naturally only individual hairs (1-FU's) grow and thus the aesthetics of the hairline is ruined.

The skin openings (slits) in the reception area (implantation area) should definitely be set by an experienced hair surgeon! In some clinics, implanting the transplants (hair follicles) is delegated to specially trained non-medical staff. Here, too, extraordinary skills are required in order to avoid incorrect insertion, which, among other things, can lead to a wrong direction of hair growth. But the arrangement and properties of the grafts used (1, 2, etc.) also play a decisive role in achieving a visually and aesthetically successful result.

Risk of low and poor growth rate