- Thursday.April 15. 2021
The concept of a hair transplant is astonishing. Moving these living, growing hairs from one area of the scalp to another? The fact that such a thing is possible is down to the wonders of science. And thankfully, according to realself.com, 94% of people who get a hair transplant are delighted with the results.
However, that’s not always the case. There are some hair transplant patients who bitterly regret making what they thought would be a life changing, confidence boosting decision.
This article looks at the most common types of patients who end up regretting a hair transplant. Hopefully, by reading this and learning from the mistakes of others, you’ll know what to do and what NOT to do to ensure you’re one of many who rejoices at the results of your hair transplant rather than regretting it.
Let’s start with the first type of patient who often ends up wishing they hadn’t had a hair transplant:
Getting a hair transplant is a big decision. Like moving house, choosing a school for your children, buying a car. Most people wouldn’t dream of making big decisions like these without first carefully researching and asking questions. What’s the house like? Does the school have a good reputation? How many miles has the car travelled?
Yet some hair transplant patients act on impulse. They decide to get surgery on a whim, book a surgeon and expect a miracle. Rushed decisions are often rash decisions. Unsurprisingly, hair transplant patients who don’t prepare thoroughly and who hurry into getting a transplant not only end up regretting it, they end up losing money too.
Not all hair transplants produce great results. If at first they don’t succeed, yes, you should try again; but you shouldn’t rush into trying again. Even if the hair transplant surgeon who botched the first job offers to put things right, don’t be tempted to accept.
Take some time to consider things before booking more surgery. Yes, you’ll have to live with the embarrassment of the poor results for a little while. But you need to find out why the first one failed. It might be down to the surgeon’s incompetence.
Or it could be something health related, like autoimmune or inflammatory issues in the scalp. Surgery can even fail due to undiagnosed scarring alopecia. These factors need to be ruled out before you proceed with more surgery, otherwise you risk more failure, and more expense.
Any surgery on patients with scarring alopecia is a big risk, as there’s no guarantee of success. Transplanted hairs might grow and delight the patient. Or this delight might be short-lived, with new hair growth falling out after a few years. It might be the case that no new hair grows at all. Worse still, the hair transplant could actually trigger the disease, leading to worse symptoms than previously experienced.
The fact is that any hair transplant on a patient with scarring alopecia is very difficult. Any surgeon worth their salt will know that a procedure should only be attempted if symptoms of the disease have been absent for at least two years. So, it’s vital to make sure your scalp is safe for surgery before the hair transplant process begins.
Losing your hair in your teens or early twenties is no doubt an unpleasant, even traumatic experience for many. The temptation can be to get a hair transplant as soon as possible. But often, patients younger than 23 years old aren’t happy with the results.
Of course, there are some young customers who are delighted with their hair transplant. But the problem with hair transplanting too young is there’s no sure-fire way to predict what further hair loss the patient will experience.
The danger is that after the transplant takes place, more hair loss occurs, causing the transplanted area to look unnatural. The result? Another transplant is needed to correct this. One hair transplant is likely to be beyond the financial means of many under 23 years old. But multiple surgeries? That’s virtually impossible.
By avoiding making the mistakes listed above, you can reduce your chances of being a hair transplant patient who regrets their decision. You should always look for long term satisfaction from what is a very expensive procedure. Short term gain might be tempting, but if you need more surgery a few years down the line, you’re going to spend a small fortune.
Dr Martinick says, an ethical and experienced hair transplant surgeon will not agree to perform surgery if he or she doesn’t believe it is in the patient’s best interests.
If someone is too young, if their hair loss is too extreme, or if they have unrealistic expectations of what can be done for them, she may counsel them against surgery.
With all hair transplants, it’s important to remember that the surgery isn’t going to stop the hair loss. Its purpose is to reduce the appearance of hair loss. One hair transplant might not be enough, especially for younger patients with more natural hair loss to come.
That said, no one should be put off getting a hair transplant. It’s a revolutionary procedure that can be rewarding and revitalising for patients who take time to research their options, find a great hair transplant surgeon and discover whether they are suitable for such a procedure.