Understanding Hair Transplantation Risks

Laughing man with thick, dark hair holding hand to cheekWith the advancement of technology, research, and techniques, hair replacement is one surgery that has seen its benefits become greater, and its risks become fewer and far less likely. But as with any surgical procedure, it is important to weigh the risks and the benefits.

If you are thinking about undergoing surgery to attain the hair that you’ve long wanted, our experienced surgeons, Dr. Robert True and Dr. Robert Dorin, encourage you to review the potential hair transplantation risks, outlined below for our New York, New Jersey, and Boston patients:

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Hair Transplantation Risks

During your consultation, either Dr. True or Dr. Dorin will evaluate your personal needs and goals in an effort to determine whether hair transplantation is right for you. For those who seriously express interest in the treatment, your experienced surgeon at True & Dorin will carefully go over hair transplantation risks with you at either our New York, New Jersey, or Boston facility.

  • Bleeding: Slight bleeding is expected, resulting in tiny scabs about 24 hours after surgery. The scabs should shed themselves in about seven to ten days. However, your transplants or incisions may bleed significantly from strenuous activity or incorrect placement, in which case you should consult with your surgeon immediately. To avoid this type of bleeding, hair transplant patients are asked to refrain from intense physical exertion.
  • Infection: Patients are most vulnerable to skin infections during the healing period. Fortunately, common infections can easily be treated by a doctor. In the rare event that a more serious condition results from a transplant issue, patients should seek emergency medical attention.
  • Scarring: Some scarring will be unavoidable with certain techniques. Our doctors have great success in keeping scarring to a barely noticeable minimum, and plan incisions so that any fine-line scar can ultimately be concealed beneath the hair.
  • Numbness in the donor area or recipient site: More of a side effect, lack of sensation in the transplant areas may be a sign of problem. Most always, it is temporary (subsiding within two or three months of the procedure).
  • Chance hair transplant will not survive: Not as much of a risk as it is misfortunate, it is possible that the hair transplant will not survive the procedure. Drs. True and Dorin proudly boast an incredible record of success in performing hair transplantation, as their numerous patients will attest.
  • Dissatisfaction: Although less likely in light of the newer hair replacement techniques, the slight possibility of being dissatisfied with your hair transplantation results remains.

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Learn More about Hair Transplantation Risks

Drs. True and Dorin make it a priority to walk each patient through potential hair transplantation risks in New York, New Jersey, and Boston. If you would like to learn more, please contact True & Dorin Medical Group.