Signs of a Bad Hair Transplant Practice

Hair loss has been a common concern for many individuals, especially those who are victims of a fast paced, hectic and stressful lifestyle. The most common hair loss issues, from thinning of hair shafts to androgenic alopecia (pattern baldness) can lead to dramatic changes in appearance, irrespective of gender. Stress, hormonal fluctuations, vitamin and protein deficiency as well as steroidal medicines, are typically encountered to be the leading offenders for increasing evidences of hair fall.
In this regard, dermatologists have suggested many topical applications like Minoxidil, Finasteride, etc. or hair regrowth products like groMD shampoo and follicle activator spray. Others looking for a more permanent solution are more inclined towards a hair transplant procedure, which, if done by an experience hair restoration specialist, has a very high success rate.
However, in defining the success of a hair transplant, a discerning client needs to take into account many things:

  • The physicians technical ability
  • The physician’s artistic ability
  • The physician’s oversight
  • The physician’s track record and testimonials
  • The physician’s pre-op and post-op care/guidance

The success of a hair transplant should be judged by its imitation of nature, alignment, spacing, post-op scalp condition and overall patient satisfaction. Less successful black market-type hair transplants usually demonstrate two consistent elements:
Shallow Expertise
Technical skill can be noted as another decisive factor in determining the success rate of the hair transplant procedure. Hair follicles that have been extracted poorly generally tend to get dried up at a faster speed, which results in a higher chance of follicular death, immediately or after some time post-transplant. A poorly preformed procedure can also initiate a formation of bumps on the transplantation sites. An experienced FUE surgeon will use micro-instrumentation and delicate harvesting techniques to ensure maximum graft survival with virtually no scarring.
Shock Loss
In more than 15% of people who have undergone hair transplant treatment the phenomenon of ‘shock loss’ is being reported. It is generally associated with loss of natural hair as well as grafted follicles, due to limited oxygenated blood supply and nutritional supplement. As a result of which even normal hair as well as follicles can be lost in their telogen phase. But many expert hair restoration specialists know that shock loss most often stems from untrained technicians, overharvesting (either by man or machine) or poor post-op hair management. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is an extremely delicate, precise and intricate procedure which requires the utmost artistic ability and scrupulous eye.
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Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, and an advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.