What Are the Chances of Unsuccessful Hair Transplant?

What ointments or drugs can be used to increase the success rate? What does one do to prepare for a hair transplant?

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Rate of Hair Transplant Success

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With the right surgeon, technique and good grafts, hair transplantation should be very successful in creating volume and thickness in thin, balding areas of the hair.  Products like Minoxidil (Rogaine) or Finasteride (Propecia) help stimulate hair growth and can be taken before and/or after surgery.  To prepare for surgery, ensure that you have at least 1-2 days off after the procedure to relax and let your body heal.  Eat healthy, get plenty of rest, avoid alcohol, caffeine, smoking, and any anti-inflammatory or blood thinning medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Vitamin E, or Fish Oil.  Shower and shampoo the day of surgery and wear a button down shirt.  I hope this helps!


Pittsburgh Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Successful Hair Transplant

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In the hands of a competent hair transplant surgeon 95% of the grafts should successfully grow.  I also have patients stop using aspirin and aspirin related products two weeks before their procedure. 

Jack Fisher, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Unsuccessful Hair Transplant Possible?

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It is unlikely to have an unsuccessful hair transplant if you’ve chosen a practiced surgeon and the right technique for your needs. Taking care of your body and remaining in good general health is the best preparation for any surgery in order to improve results and healing. For hair transplant specifically, the use of finasteride or minoxidil may speed growth. However, your scalp should yield the planned outcome, again, in the hands of an experienced surgeon.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

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Unsuccessful Hair Transplants

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The chances of an unsuccessful hair transplant with an experienced surgeon and next to none. The use of both Rogaine and or Propecia has been shown to speed results. Eating well and stayinging good health are all you can do.....And no drinking or smoking

Richard Galitz, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chances of Unsuccessful Hair Transplants

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It is very unlikely that hair transplant surgery will be unsuccessful when done by a good surgeon and his/her team. However some results are better than others. It is important that the patient is a good candidate for this surgery with adequate donor supply and quality hair. Remember, alopecia is progressive throughout life. Good health is important with any surgical procedure. Success will depend on the goals of the patient who will be the ultimate judge. That is why many of our patients prefer the Fleming/Mayer Flap which provides immediate results with normal, uniform density and freedom of styling.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What Are the Chances of Unsuccessful Hair Transplant?

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The risk of an unsuccessful or successful hair transplant is related to many factors, but mainly the skill of the surgeon or technician, the technique used and the patient being and good candidate for the surgery. An experienced surgeon will assess the patient and determine those risks. Typical male pattern baldness patient with dense hair at the donor site (back of the scalp) is the best candidate. Our female patients have also experience success from hair transplantation. 

We start patients on finasteride (Propecia or 1/4 tablet of Proscar which is much less expensive) and 5% Rogaine. This combination helps preserve the non-transplanted hairs that are lost with aging. The transplanted hair will remain for many years if taken from an area that is not prone to hair loss, maybe a life time.

I have found hair transplants to be very gratifying for both patients and doctors. Good luck.

E. Ronald Finger, MD
Savannah Plastic Surgeon
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Preparing for your hair transplant procedure

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Generally speaking, we like our patients, especially the younger males, to be on both Rogaine topically and Propecia orally before and after their hair restoration.  The idea is to prepare the scalp and limit the shock-loss after the surgery.  Whether or not this routine is appropriate for you is best determined by your surgeon during an in-person consultation.  Best of luck to you. 

Allan J. Parungao, MD
Oak Brook Plastic Surgeon
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