Hair Transplant Failure and Some Remedies for It



The title that is about hair transplant failure should not get you scared. Although a hair transplant failure is incredibly rare, I just want to inform those who experience this unpleasant event.

The hair transplant process is very significant starting from the pre-surgery period, which doctor and clinic you have chosen, to the post-surgery period including some suggestions after the hair transplant what to do and what to avoid.

For example, the most common reason is about during the actual procedure. It is about the failure of an individual follicular unit graft is desiccation. It is common because it will cause the graft spending too much time outside of the body from the time.

In short, you should definitely follow your way with professional health care or doctor so that you will decrease the risk of hair transplant. Yet, despite everything, if you encounter some bad outcomes, here are some tips for you to follow.

Hope to have a very successful hair transplant process!



Hair Transplant Failure Reasons


The hair transplant failure generally happens because some the low technical opportunities or the lack of professions use that technique tools. In other words, the clinics claiming they are good at doing hair transplant should not be done with very little knowledge fail to lead to poor results, low self-esteem, patient dissatisfaction, and depression.


Weak Surgeon Methods and Techniques


The DHI hair transplantation methods are one of the hair transplant methods one should be meticulous procedures because it takes a lot of time and effort to master. You should find an expert to have it. Otherwise, if someone not experienced makes your hair transplant, it is risky to be failed. As a result, grafting does not take place properly causing the procedure to fail.



When it comes to graft placement, it is something no one should skip for the hair transplant process. This vital part has an important role in the final appearance of the patients’ hair. That is why experienced doctors care about it when taking the permanent safe donor area for hair transplantation.

Apart from that, beard and breast hair are important for hair transplant. They can be also used as additional donor resources as alone or combined with other body hair for part of the treatment via improper techniques.


Drying Graft


The hair graft happens when it is exposed to air for more than 10-20 seconds. However, even the tiny ones are risk and damage.

The times when the reasons for making the possibility of drying graft might occur can be listed as when the grafts are not immersed in a bath of a physiologic solution directly after the graft is extracted, while trimming the graft, when shifting of graft from one place to another, and during placement of the graft.


Choosing Wrong  Hair Transplant Clinics


Before deciding which clinics or hospital you want to have a hair transplant, you should search for it very carefully.

There are many unprofessional so-called doctors and professions claiming they are experienced in this medical field, but the reality is that they are not professional at all. There being honest and well experienced are so significant in this sense.



To evaluate the credibility of hair transplant clinics and your doctors, you can search for their former experiences. Today, almost every foundations, hospital, and the person himself has a social media account. You can check their page and profile.

If you still have hesitation ( because sometimes they exaggerate what they have done on the social media account), you can even contact with the former patient who has experienced hair transplant from that clinic so that you might get informed about what you might face.

The other critical thing you need take into consideration is that the money you will pay should be worth it. That means sometimes even some good clinics take more than the money they deserve. The services they give might not equal the money they request. Therefore, you should search very carefully about your clinics to make your hair transplant result equals the money you will pay.



Weak Post-Operative Care


Not only the operation itself, but the process after the hair transplant procedure is equally important to the operation time. After the surgery, you should be informed by your doctor what to do and what to avoid for the following days and even months.

For example, scratching this area or improper hair wash may have an adverse effect on graft survival.

The side effects and precautions might change according to personal background, so the best information you can get must be from your own doctor. Otherwise, you might encounter some serious problems such as skin infections may due to poor hygiene conditions.


What to Do If a Hair Transplant Fails?


Your first reaction against a hair transplant fail might be a disaster, but you should take a deep breath and look for a better solution. I can understand the condition as a patient hesitation of undergoing a hair transplant surgery and face a fail condition must be hard. That is why it is quite normal for you to be demoralized.



However, it is not happening only to you. I do not claim to end up with a failure of a hair transplant a common issue. Yet, you are not the only one experiencing it. The first thing against a hair transplant failure is to identify the cause for the failure.

It is important because you will take a step accordingly as a next step. For example, some certain behaviors or health conditions could play a role in causing a hair transplant failure. You should find the main reason for it. You should take advice from your doctor when identifying the main cause of your hair transplant failure.

After your doctor, you should inform your hair transplant clinic to understand the cause of the failed procedure. After that, you need to decide the next steps, which will develop a course of action for correcting the failure issue.

After identifying the main reason of your hair transplant failure, there are many ways to rescue your hair. For instance, your body hair may be opted to rescue for patients with a depleted donor area. You should ask for advice to your doctor so that you can understand if your donor area and your new surgery would match well.

The other options for you are the fact that FUT Scarring on the backside of the scalp can be concealed with the aid of scalp revision or scalp micro pigmentation, and also a bad frontal hairline can be totally redesigned by extraction of the wrong grafts with the assistance of FUE technique and relocation.



You can also think about those options after talking with your doctor. After learning the pros and cons of each option, and after checking the feasibility according to your budget, you can decide which way to follow.


Here are two other common techniques used to repair the failed hair transplant:


  • Follicular Unit Extraction

This technique is about taking the individual follicular grafts from the donor site and implanting them on the bald area. It should be followed by the slits made on the bald area generally heal as basically untraceable dots in the scalp.


  • Direct Hair Transplant

If your doctor and the adviser could not find any other solution, this time you can apply this as the latest technique of hair transplant. For this type that is known as the direct hair transplant way, hair follicles are extracted one by one from the donor area.



After that, they are implanted in the recipient area directly in a single step. At the end of the day, you will have healthy and natural looking hairs with a successful appearance.


Moreover, there are some cases where hair transplant repair is required. This can be listed as:


  • Unnatural Hairline Design
  • Low Lying Placement of the Hairline
  • Wide Scar after FUT
  • Compromised Density
  • Bushy Temples
  • Stretched Scar

What to Do After a Hair Transplant?

It is for sure that you should follow a correct path in order to avoid a fail hair transplant. Therefore, after you are done with your hair transplant surgery, and ultimately arrive at your home, you should follow these steps written below:



  1. You should sleep with your head elevated in 45 degrees and for three nights after the hair transplant procedure so that you might avoid swelling.
  2. You should not eat any ice cream. Also, aspirin and alcoholic drinks are the thinks you should stay away from 3 to 5 days after the procedure.
  3. If it is possible in terms of weather conditions, you can apply snow to your forehead every 2 hours and for 15 minutes so that you can avoid swelling by doing so.

How to Wash Your Hair After Hair Transplant?


The next thing to decrease the possibility of a hair transplant failure is about how to protect your hair and scalp. For instance, you should avoid washing your hair in the first two days. After that, on the third day of the procedure, you can wash your hair. In fact, you have to wash your hair to clean.



You need to take a bath gently by trying not to pour water or add pressure to the area where the follicles are planted. Needless to say, the water should not be too hot or too cold. It should be just at an optimum level.

You need to follow those rules until the fifth day. You can use a glass or a small jar to wash the location of the transplanted roots easily.

After that fight day, now you can touch the roots gently with the tips of your fingers during bathing. However, you need to still be careful about plucking the transplanted roots.

I am sure you will get used to in time how to use gently your hair, it is not something you get worried about. You should keep avoiding too hot or too cold rules for the following two weeks. You doctor must inform you about this process more detailed.



When it comes to combing your hair, you need to do it very carefully and gently. Otherwise, it might move the planted roots, which is a quite dangerous situation causing hair transplant failure in the long term.

After combing your hairs, normally you might use hair dryers. Yet, the hair transplant procedures do not allow you to use it because your scalp should not touch any hot hair. That is why you should avoid using hair dryers in the first two weeks.


Other things to avoid directly after the hair transplant:


  • You should avoid hard work and exercise for one week after the procedure.
  • You should stay away from weight lifting or carrying high weights for 10 to 14 days after the procedure.
  • You should avoid too hot or too cold places; for example, you need to stay away from saunas steam and sunbaths for at least three weeks.
  • The other thing you should avoid is sexual contact for at least one week.
  • In case of any infections ( although it is a rare possibility)  you should not touch the donor area or the planted follicles because it should be sterilized by a doctor in order to minimize the possibility of having the area infected.


Hair Loss and Hair Transplant Relationship


When it comes to hair loss prevention, unfortunately, there is simply no available procedure for hair loss prevention. You can only make a decrease in the process of your hair loss by having some mixtures, oils, or medical techniques.

To make this hair loss percentage decrease, the patient’s age and the current extent of the candidate’s hair loss are important. The effect of hair transplant would be determined by the patient’s individual history and background, as well as the age.



Although hair transplant period has almost no effect on hair loss prevention process, your future hair loss might be accounted for and obscured by the doctor performing the hair transplant procedure so that the doctor would predict future areas of loss that can be successfully obscured by the hair transplant procedure, which is a big advantage for you.

Apart from that, your hair transplant doctor can recommend you some prescription medicines so that you can contribute to the improved health of the transplanted hair as well as the naturally growing hair that may be at risk of future loss.

You should keep in touch with your doctor in order to follow your individual process and take the precaution as long as possible when facing any unpleasant condition for your hair growth and hair loss.

Savaş Ateş

I'm a hair loss expert. The picture was taken 10 years ago :) I have been losing my hair. So I started to learn everything about hair loss and hair transplants. I contacted a lot of hair transplant doctors. We shared our experiences. I'm writing blog posts for people who have the potential of losing their hair. I give some tips about hair transplants and medical issues too.

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