Recently, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) released some very interesting findings. The society noted that, despite the sluggish global economy, the demand for hair restoration is stronger than ever. Currently, the hair restoration industry is worth $1.88 billion and growing. In spite of the increasing demand for hair restoration services, the industry has little to show for it.
Success rates for both surgical and nonsurgical hair restorations have never been impressive. Patients with extremely high expectations often get disappointing results. What patients must understand is that no procedure, surgical or otherwise, has the capacity of restoring their original youthful looks. The best that any operation can do is to improve a hair loss or receding hair line condition.
Negligence and inexperience on the part of an operating surgeon may be blamed for hair restoration gone badly. A procedure that is carried out inappropriately may make transplanted hair look and feel unnatural. Worse still, transplanted hair may fail to grow. As if this is not enough, a procedure gone badly may lead to excessive hair shedding in formerly healthy sections of the head.
Surgeons, however, are not the only party that carries the blame for surgeries gone badly. Patients also have their part to play. Not all people are candidates for hair restoration. Successful procedures, in most cases, are those carried out on people who have a thick hair of head. This means that the procedure largely benefits those whose problem is a receding hair line or small balding condition.
For those who have large bald sections and low hair density on donor areas, the chances of the procedure working has always proven to be very slim.
An operation gone badly may give a victim unnatural weedy” hair. Worse still, the procedure may give a victim an awkwardly shaped hairline. Besides these effects, an unsuccessful procedure is associated with transient and far-reaching side effects.
Most important of all, poor results lead to frustrations and hurt self esteem. It must be understood that successful procedures raise a patient’s self-esteem. When these procedures go wrong, the self-esteem sought becomes a mirage. Patients who are emotionally weak have been known to succumb to severe stress and depression after an unsuccessful operation.
Transient side effects include swelling of the scalp and infections. These side effects are easy to deal with, and all that a doctor may prescribe are antibiotics.
Unnecessary scarring, cysts, pimples, itching, and numbness of the scalp are other side effects associated with hair restoration gone badly.