Baldness and hair loss is a natural occurrence among men and women from all walks of life. Although it is perfectly natural to lose hair, some people find the situation extremely distressing and embarrassing. It is therefore not surprising why people make the tough decision of going for hair transplants so as to finally regain a full head of hair.
The adverts meant for bringing awareness about hair transplants portray an instant and straightforward cure are therefore very appealing for people longing for a way to prevent a receding hair line.
Unfortunately, hair transplants are more than meets the eye. They are rarely a miracle cure and the results of the procedure could often be below the expectations of the patient. So, the bitter truth is that you could have a hair transplant gone wrong depending on the techniques used and the competency level of the surgeon who performs it.
What happens in hair transplants?
Hair transplant techniques entail removing hair from the back, sides or areas where hair is thicker and fuller and then placing them in areas where hair loss has taken place. The technique used nowadays is known as the Follicular Unit Transplantation Technique.
This technique can be done in either of two ways 1) Follicular unit extraction technique and 2) the strip harvesting technique. The difference between these two techniques is in the manner in which the follicular units are usually extracted. Both techniques have their advantages and disadvantages that you need to be aware of before going for hair transplant.
What can make a hair transplant go wrong?
For starters, hair transplant entails having to go through a surgery. Just like any other surgical procedure, there is always a risk that something could go wrong. There are side effects to take note of such as swelling of the forehead or the scalp, numbness, itchness, infection, pigmentary change in the skin, cysts, pimples and of course scarring.
This is scary but you must know: at the beginning, almost all of the transplanted hair could fall out. These hairs are usually expected to regrow in about two to three months. Unfortunately, this may not be a consolation for someone who was already distressed about their hair loss.
There is something more, although some of the risks involved are unavoidable, some are caused by negligence on the part of the surgeon. This explains why you should be very careful when selecting the best surgeon.