Many people suffering from hair loss or baldness are increasingly turning to hair transplant surgery as a solution. However, there are many misconceptions about what can be achieved with hair transplants. There are drawbacks and side-effects that many people aren’t aware of when they first decide to have a hair transplant. The procedure must be carried out by an experienced surgeon in order to minimise side effects. If hair transplant surgery is performed incorrectly, it can lead to a number of unwanted after-effects such as pain, scarring and greater hair loss.
Hair transplants involve taking hair follicles from an area with more abundant hair growth, often the back or the sides of the head, and placing them on the balding or thinning part of the scalp. The technical term for this is the Follicular Unit Transplantation Technique and there are two main methods employed by surgeons:
This involves the surgeon making an incision in the scalp to remove a strip of skin from a place on the scalp containing a large number of follicles. The follicular units are then dissected and implanted into the area of the scalp where the hair loss has occurred.
The advantage of this technique is that there is no damage to the follicles. However, due to the incision, this method can leave a scar. This means that the person undergoing the transplant must keep their hair a certain length in order to keep this scar covered.
There is no incision with this technique. It involves removing follicles individually and implanting them directly into the designated area of the scalp. There is no scarring, but this technique is only suitable for transplants treating smaller areas.
There are a number of side-effects with hair transplants that are within normal bounds and are to be expected. Most of these will subside over time, such as swelling, itching, numbness and a small degree of scarring. However, when the procedure is carried out by an inexperienced surgeon, it can lead to an unsuccessful procedure and more severe side effects such as extensive scarring, patchy results and the transplanted follicles falling out.
There is also a technique called Trigrowthic Closure, which is used in Strip Harvesting procedures. This technique allows the incision to be closed with a single stitch, minimising scarring. Sometimes, patients are promised Trigrowthic Closure and discover after the procedure that the surgeon used multiple stitches and that the scarring is worse than they were led to believe. It may be necessary for some patients to undergo additional transplants in an effort to correct the first unsuccessful procedure. This is costly and it’s often more difficult for a surgeon to achieve a good result.
If you’ve undergone an unsuccessful hair transplant which you believe is due to negligence on the part of the surgeon, then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. To learn more about how Cute Injury can help you, get in touch with us today.