Complications in hair-restoration surgery

Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2013 Aug;21(3):505-20. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2013.05.012.


Most complications associated with hair restoration are completely preventable and arise from variables that are directly controlled by the surgeon and the patient. Physicians who thoroughly grasp the nuances of modern surgical techniques and fully understand the physiologic dynamics of the balding process are least likely to generate a physician-controlled error. Highly motivated, well-educated patients who carefully follow instructions and take an active role in the postoperative recovery process minimize the chance of patient-controlled errors. This article discusses potential complications associated with surgical hair restoration, and the roles of the patient and physician in minimizing the risk of complications.

Keywords: Complication; Donor-site scar; Plugs; Scalp necrosis; Shock-loss; Unnatural hairline.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alopecia / surgery*
  • Cosmetic Techniques*
  • Dermatologic Surgical Procedures*
  • Hair / transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Patient Compliance
  • Patient Selection
  • Physician's Role
  • Postoperative Care
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Postoperative Complications / prevention & control*
  • Preoperative Care
  • Scalp / surgery*
  • Tissue and Organ Harvesting
  • Transplantation, Autologous