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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Successful hair transplant

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Thank you for your question.  In experienced hands, the craft success rate is 95%,  Make sure you find an experienced surgeon.  Best wishes. 

How to prepare for an unscucessful hair transplant

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Don't go to a doctor who can not give you some reasonable assurance that your hair transplant in his or her hands will work. We solve that by holding open house events every months where you can meet patients directly and probe our success rate.

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

To increase the success rate of hair transplant surgery, do more research.

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To increase the success rate of hair transplant surgery, do more research.  Find out about the doctor and his/her experience.  See former patients in person (not just photos).  Do more research.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 102 reviews

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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

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.

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Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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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

Achieving Successful Hair Transplant Results

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The more experience a surgeon has with a procedure, and the better his reputation for excellence, the higher the chance that a patient will have a positive, not a poor, result.  Choice of a top surgeon is far more important than the use of medications, etc.  Like with any plastic surgery procedure, there are risks and benefits, but performed properly, there should be a high rate of growth of the transplanted hairs, with low chance of donor site scarring,  and many other risks .

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.

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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.

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. 

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.