Potential pitfalls of a Hair Transplant and how to avoid them

7/12/2018 5:03:25 PM

Done right, a hair transplant is so natural that even a hairstylist could not detect that one of their clients has had a procedure. However, done wrong a hair transplant could present a multitude of aesthetic issues that anyone in the general public could spot a mile away. In this article, we will discuss the potential issues that may occur when a hair transplant is performed incorrectly without skill, experience and talent.

Pluggy (large) grafts: Many early hair transplant techniques used large grafts commonly referred to as "plugs" these large grafts resulted in a "barbie doll" or "corn row" like appearance which are no longer aesthetically acceptable by todays standards. Unfortunately, some of these outdated surgical techinques are still being used today.

Hairline set to low: This is a common issue seen with young men requesting to have their adolescent hairline restored. However, this sets the patient up for failure, because androgenic alopecia or genetic hair loss is a progressive condition and placing a hairline to low makes it difficult to sustain adequate coverage and density as aging continues.

Hairline too straight: In nature hairlines consist of macro and micro-irregularities, these changes in linear patterns and density give hairlines the soft appearance found in nature. A straight hairline is abnormal and looks unnatural. 

Unnatural hair direction: Hair changes direction and angle as it moves around the scalp, it is important that the surgeon follows the natural angle and direction of the hair to create a natural undetectable appearance. Some surgeons incorrectly angle grafts perpindicular to the scalp and this leads to a distinct unnatural "doll" like appearance.

Cobblestone effect: Cobblestoning is a specific type of scar that has a "bump" like appearance that resemble cobblestone streets. This occurs when grafts are not placed deep enough into the graft site incisions, this results in the surrounding tissue raising as the graft sites heal.

How to avoid these issues: Choosing an experienced, skilled and talented hair transplant surgeon eliminates the above listed issues. Not all hair transplant surgeons are created equal. The skill, talent and experience varies widely, as do their results. It is important to carefully select a surgeon with a track record of excellent patient results. Find a prescreened hair restoration surgeon in your area and schedule a consultation today.


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    Melvin is an Associate Publisher and Forum Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network and the Hair Loss Learning Center. He is a 3-time hair transplant patient, having received over 5,000 grafts via FUE. He has thousands of helpful posts on the popular hair restoration network discussion forum. Melvin writes articles, moderates the hair loss forum, and creates YouTube videos for the Hair Transplant Network YouTube channel. View Melvin's impressive hair transplant journey HERE.