The Risks and Dangers of Hair Restoration Surgery

Hair loss surgery, or ‘hair replacement surgery’ to use its modern name, is a medical procedure whereby hair grafts (or skin grafts) are surgically implanted from a donor site on the scalp to a bald or hairless part of the human body known as ‘the donor site.’ The surgery is also sometimes referred to as ‘body-sculpting surgery’ because hair replacement surgery alters the entire look of a patient by stimulating hair growth from areas where it is typically missing.

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The surgery can be used for women who are at a normal weight but would like to add some facial hair. The surgery has also been used to address issues such as receding hairlines in men and ‘laying in’ the eyebrows Some patients with severe hair loss have sought out hair restoration surgery for cosmetic purposes, though it is a fairly controversial subject due to the fact that there are some risks involved. In addition, the cost of hair restoration surgery can be rather high.

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One of the main risks involved with hair replacement surgery is the risk of infection. There are three main sites from which the hair can be transplanted; namely, under the arms in the chest area, on the back of the neck in the face, and in the groin area.

There are typically two different types of procedures; namely, standard and mini excision procedures. In the standard hair restoration surgery, a small incision is made into a fatty part of the skin, such as the neck, where the hair will be planted; whereas, with the mini-exposed grafts, no incision is required.

Another common issue that is raised with regard to this type of surgery concerns the possibility of developing an androgenetic alopecia condition. If you have family members who suffer from androgenetic alopecia – also known as male pattern baldness – it is possible that you could develop symptoms of hair loss as a result of having this type of surgery.

These symptoms typically include experiencing significant hair loss, thinning on the top of the head, a receding hairline, and eyebrows that are slowly becoming more pointed or lacerated. Fortunately, many patients who experience androgenetic alopecia have been able to successfully treat the condition using hair restoration surgery.