Originally Posted by Murphys_Law
I like to consider all possibilities on everything, including the worst ones. So if I had a hair transplant and say something came out wrong like
1) grafts didn't grow
2) shock loss
3) bumpiness where the grafts where placed
4) larger than normal scar
Would I be able to have it repaired? Could I look normal, even if still balding, but normal ?
It is hard to know what doctor to go to and who to trust. Even the best doctor in the world could have had a late night out or something and what if I was the patient the next day. What if, what if.
I have a bit of bad luck so this is all concerning since this involves surgery, so that is why I ask about hair transplant repair even before booking a surgery date with a doctor.
Well the first thing you may want to consider is changing your handle to "Great Expectations"!
Obviously you have done some homework and discovered some of the well known risks of HT surgery. And that in itself is a good thing because how else can a potential patient make a sound decision if they are not aware of the potential risks along with the potential benefits?
Here's some additional thoughts which I hope will help you along the process:
1) If the grafts did not grow then either the place you went to completely whacked your procedure by damaging/transecting them, OR another reason to have no or very little yield from a HT procedure would be something related to your current medical condition and/or one's physiological makeup. In addition, a patient may be on certain medications for other medicial conditions which could potentially affect the re-growth. That's why it's so important for the doctor and patient to review that patient's medicial history and current and prior medications BEFORE any decisions are made about moving forward with the procedure.
2) Shockloss is unpredictable, PERIOD! Yes some of the instrumentation which create the recipient sites have been greatly improved and subsequently less invasive to the recipient area, yet a ceratin level of trauma is caused by ANY incision and what we cannot predict is how any patient's scalp will respond to that trauma. I will say this. From my endless observations since the advent of using much smaller custom-sized blades, shockloss has not been as extensive as it was years ago. And I attribute that to the improvement of the tooling and the types of incisions used by the best docs today. Not all HT docs use the most improvised tooling and methods so that's something to be to asking in the consultation, "Which type of incisions will you be doing and what instruments do you use to create them?" See what I mean?
3) Bumpiness, pitting, ridging, etc, etc, are usually the result of being treated by an imcompetent HT doctor. Notice I said usually, not always. Do your research on docs, look for patient examples trying to see as many in person as possible. Obviously most HT docs are only going to preview the best pics they put up at their websites. Nothing can match seeing the patient in person.
4) This should not happen UNLESS you do not have the scalp elasticity to accomodate a strip excision and the doctor decides to do the strip anyway for the money. Believe it or not, many docs still never test scalp laxity for strip. You have no idea on how many guys with wide scars have told me over the years that their doc never tested for laxity, nor even discussed it! IMHO, every doctor should discuss with EVERY poposed patient "how they heal" from cuts, wounds, lacerations. And especially cuts above the neckline. Some patients heal with wider scars, but is the exception, never the rule. If the doc is reputable and competent, the scar should come out fine IF the proper closing method was utilized for that particular patient, AND they have no issues with healing. Worst case, if the patient does not have the laxity to accomodate a strip, then FUE is the best path to take from there.
Wishing the best in your research!