The Factors of Failed Hair Transplant and Some Remedies Against Hair Fall After Hair Transplant

If you are from those people who experience hair loss among 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women. That means taking hair from thinning parts of your hair scalp, or other parts of the body if it is suitable, will be your solution against hair loss. 

Although the common assumption it to hair growth from 10 to 80 percent of transplanted hair within a short time period like three and four months, there are some conditions that might be resulted in fail hair transplantation and hair fall at the end.

In fact, hair transplantation surgery might fail if your condition has happened because of chemotherapy or other certain medications. It is also possible to experience hair fall after the hair transplantation if the hair loss problem is because of the widespread thinning and baldness, and thick hair scalp scars due to injuries. The rest is coming below for you!

The Factors Resulted in Failed Hair Transplant

Before deciding where you have the operation of hair transplant or hair gratification, it is important to know the factors leading to a failed hair transplantation and hair fa after the surgery so that you can choose the best one for yourself and not suffer from the same problem that might be expected before the operation if it is planned well.

1.The Selection of Doctor and Clinic

Regardless of the selection, FUE or the DHI hair transplantation, all hair transplantation techniques are needed a careful process by expert and experienced people. 

Unless the necessary time and effort are given, the result might be different than you have experienced. Especially for the graft placement stage, your doctor should be very planned and careful. You might experience hair loss again after the surgery if your surgery has happened by surgeons who have less experience or no experience.

2.The Things for Postoperative Care

After the hair transplant surgery, you should follow the doctor’s instructions carefully so that you will not experience again hair fall. To illustrate, you should be very careful about being tired of yourself by avoiding hard work and exercise at least for one week after the surgery.

It is not possible to lift a weight and stay away from saunas steam and sunbaths for at least three weeks. I suggest you take advice your from friends who had already hair transplant operation before so that you can learn what to do and do not after the surgery.

For example, drawing hairline on the front head properly is a quite significant point to be careful about. Yet, when the operation team of the hospital does not care about this step that requires creativity and mastery so that you can get a natural and beautiful appearance after the surgery that you dream of.

3. Drying Graft

The condition and atmosphere around the surgery place are important for hair graft. It can only happen under a suitable condition which is needed to air for more than 10-20 seconds. Yet, this condition is valid only once for the grafts that are optimum size, not the tiny ones since they might be under the risk.

For instance, trimming graft step should be followed by the placement of the graft only under the possible circumstances related to the drying graft.

The transplanted hair is supposed to a permanent part of your scalp, which is proven by that fact that 80% of the hair emerges at most within eight months after the hair transplant surgery.

If the thing you experience is much different than the story mentioned above, you should go to your doctor not to face more negative result.

The reasons why tiny grafts are under a higher risk of damage and dying some certain conditions such as the process of the time during placement of the graft and shifting of graft from one place to another.

It is also related to the time when the grafts are trimmed and the time after the graft is extracted but the grafts are not immersed in a bath of a physiologic solution directly.

4. The Technical Failure

The technical failure might be because of the failure of the surgical team or sloppy surgical methods. This condition makes the first and second steps more important since all roles of doctors and hospitals are interconnected to each other.

In fact, although you can see many advertisements to show the importance of hair clinics to have hair transplant surgery, not all are qualified enough and well-equipment that is needed a successful technical process. 

The technical failure may be associated with the solutions that are needed for the survival of the grafts. For example, when the graft is left out of your body for a long time that is higher than the optimum time duration, that means you are exposed to face a high risk of damage.

Apart from that, handling graft would work improperly unless the moving part of the grafts from the physiological bath solution to the recipient area work well and properly. That is why the grafts should be taken out carefully before being piled up on a surface an end up on getting exposed to air. 

The next one is that placing the graft is too critic point since when it happens deep kills the graft to produce folliculitis after the surgery, it might cause a serious infection of your hair follicles.

What about for those who have a strange and weird appearance after the hair transplant surgery process? To prevent this strange outcome, hair transplant is needed to happen in the right direction as much as possible. That requires a well-planned technical process to avoid a hair transplant of the graft on the wrong or opposite direction.

5.Medical History

Before having the hair transplant operation, it is quite important to know the medical history of the patient. The biggest role here belongs to the doctors and hair clinic you choose for this important surgery.

Before any medical procedure, you should give all the important pieces of information about you. The clinic might ask you online about these questions. Or it is possible for some hair clinic and hospitals to send a form or a questionnaire to be filled out online or with a pen when you are face to face with your doctor or the hospital’s information stuff. 

Not only your past medical history and heredity condition but also your current condition and lifestyle as important as the techniques used for the operation. You should also inform them about the medications you used to use and have now.

When it comes to the medications, there is some certain medication which makes you suffer a lot from the post-surgery time period. As an example, the type of medications called anticoagulants such as Xarelto and Pradaxa might have resulted in your bleeding after the hair transplant surgery.

You should be ensured about the safety of the clinic for a successful period of hair transplant surgery. If you feel any kind of lack of honesty, you should search again and again to be sure about the process.

Please do not forget that you are a very important individual and it should cost whatever it is to be safe for your health.

Another reason why you may experience hair fall after hair transplants might be about the wrong choice of the donor grafts that are incompatible with your hair scalp. Both should be carefully checked if they are compatible with each other in terms of genetic factors and so on.

What to Do If Hair Fall Happened After the Hair Transplant Surgery

Defective Hairline such as the unnatural hairline design that is designed in an accurately straight line and high placement of hairline which makes forehead looking too large and even baldness are the signs of that when where hair transplant repair is required.

What do the conditions when hair transplants repair is required? Against the fact that hair fall might happen after hair transplant, there must be returning and make up the process of it unless it is not categorized under some certain conditions just like mentioned above.

Compromised density and wide scar after FUT are other cases that enable to repair hair transplant failure. When your hair looks very less dense than the expected result and your hair scalp might be still visible.

This unpleasant result will surely make you unhappy and disappointed. It may take time and be needed a lot of care and skill but there is a way to repair this unpleasant condition, which would give you still hope.

There are two techniques to repair the failed hair transplant, which can be listed as follicular unit extraction (FUE) and direct hair transplant.

While the former one is related to the individual follicular grafts from the donor site and implanting them on the bald area, the former one is known as the latest and high technological formula against hair loss problem, which works by being extracted of hair follicles one by one from the donor area after implanting the recipient area directly in a single step.

Other Side Effects of Hair Transplantation 

Not only hair fall after the hair transplant surgery but you might also experience other side effects of hair transplantation. It is good for you to know and be ready before having it to take some precautions.

  • You might experience some infections and pus drainage around your surgical areas.
  • It is possible to have scalp pain, itching, and even swelling for a short time period after the surgery.
  • Bleeding and losing sensation around the transplanted area are normal. There is no need to get worried since it will pass in time and you can take some medications according to your doctor’s suggestion.
  • Although they are the rare side effects, you can still experience irritated hair scalp, dizziness, chest pain, headaches, and irregular heart rate.

The History of Hair Transplant 

The root of hair transplant has come from Japan, which has started several decades ago with the effort of Japanese doctors and experts. In 1930, the Japanese surgeon, whose name is Sasagawa, has been known as the first person coming to the idea of hair follicles transplantation and it has continued until 1939. On that year, the second attempt of hair transplantation attempt was made again by some other Japanese people.

During this time period, the pillars of the contemporary medical situations came to the scene, which we see today as the autotransplantation, the functions, and numbers of grafts, and other settings related to the hair transplantation. 

Unfortunately, this condition had to start a bit because of some external political and social factors such as World War II). Under this circumstance, it was clear that research has stopped for a while.

Between 1943 and 1953, other Japanese doctors tried some other techniques. Yet, when it comes to 1959, it was the time for the studies and researches associated with both the transfer and implantation of hair from the back and sides of the scalp wherever you have hair falling. 

The first attempt for hair loss transplantation surgery had happened in 1952, which is known as the foundation of modern hair transplantation. For the 1960s and the 1970s, the operation part of hair transplantation has to get common and widely known. However, it was quite normal to see some failed result for that time, but it was still in progress. 

Through the 1980s, the area of hair transplantation and the size of the grafts was improved with some other advanced technology and innovative techniques. 

The 1990s was the time for advance scientific progress in hair transplantation techniques coming until today. For instance, the basis of follicular unit transplantation functioning to reproduce the natural way of hair growth and natural appearance and outlooking has started during this time. 

And lastly today, the laser hair transplant therapy is one of the most common and popular ones among those who suffer from hair loss related to genetics. It is known as photo biotherapy for the solution of androgenic alopecia, and hereditary pattern in order to stimulate new blood flow to the hair scalp and to have new hair follicles.

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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