Risks of Hair Transplant Surgery

A great deal of men and women will experience hair loss in one form or another during their lifetime. Shedding is normal, although unfortunately for some people, hair loss can be severe and this problem requires addressing.

One way that people choose to battle hair loss is through hair transplantation, although there are serious risks involved. Hair transplant surgery is a procedure that entails harvesting of healthy hair follicles from the scalp, then implanted into problem areas to stimulate natural hair growth.

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Depending on the procedure, hair transplant surgery may be an outpatient case and you’ll be able to go back to work the next day, but other times it can take up to 20 hours for the procedure to complete.

Hair transplant surgery has been around since the 1950’s, although techniques have changed a lot in the last few years. There are two methods that are currently being used for hair transplantation: FUE (follicular unit extraction) or FUSS (follicular unit strip surgery).


The costs of hair transplant surgery ranges from $3,000 to as much as $15,000. Insurance plans don’t usually cover this, so you’ll have to pay for the procedure out of pocket. The price of hair transplantation will depend on how much hair you’re transferring.

Pain and Risks

Hair transplant surgery shouldn’t be painful since doctors use anesthesia, but sometimes patients will still experience pain and tenderness. There are also instances when hair transplant surgery leads to infection, bleeding, unnatural-looking hair growth, and scarring.

When the new hair starts to grow, some patients experience infection in the hair follicles, a condition known as folliculitis. Compresses and antibiotics are used to provide relief for this problem. Additionally, it’s possible to unexpectedly lose original hair in the area of the head where the new strands are placed; this is known as shock loss, although it’s only temporary.

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Other potential side effects of hair transplant surgery include:

Thinning of pre-existing hair: In rare cases, hair transplant surgery can cause pre-existing hair to grow thin. This is temporary and will go back to normal within a few months of hair transplantation.

Itching: Most patients experience itching to some degree after surgery. However, rarely is the itching bothersome and it usually just lasts a few days. Using a natural shampoo and conditioner after hair transplantation can provide relief from itching.

Keloid scars: Pre-disposed individuals may experience keloid scars after hair transplantation. Keloid scars are an abnormal scar that grows outside the boundary of a skin injury.

Cysts: The graft area that has been transplanted may develop one or more cysts. Cysts naturally disappear by themselves after some form of treatment.


When it comes to the results of hair transplantation, the results will vary depending on the severity of an individual’s hair loss. Ethnicity also plays a part in the expectations, as this procedure isn’t recommended for Latinos or African Americans.

You get what you pay for, so it’s more likely that you’ll experience a head full of hair after this expensive, yet oftentimes successful operation.

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