Complications in hair restoration surgery

Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am. 2009 Feb;21(1):119-48, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.coms.2008.10.010.


Hair loss affects more than 1.2 billion people worldwide. As the technology and artistry of hair restoration surgery has improved including natural results, so too has the popularity of this procedure. As with any other surgical procedure, complications may occur and this presents a major challenge for the surgeon and the patient. This article provides an overview of the complications most likely to occur during the pre, intra, and postoperative periods with modern hair transplant surgery (single follicular unit or multifollicular unit) including scalp surgery, and discusses their treatment and most importantly their prevention.

MeSH terms

  • Cosmetic Techniques / adverse effects
  • Hair / transplantation*
  • Hair Follicle / transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / adverse effects
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / classification
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / methods
  • Postoperative Complications / classification*
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Postoperative Complications / prevention & control
  • Postoperative Complications / therapy
  • Prostheses and Implants / adverse effects
  • Scalp / surgery*
  • Surgery, Plastic / adverse effects*
  • Surgery, Plastic / classification
  • Surgery, Plastic / methods