Several factors can cause the more conventional hair transplant techniques to produce unsuccessful hair transplants. Poor cosmetic surgical outcomes cannot always be avoided, but doctors and patients can greatly lower the risk of complications by taking certain measures.

Taking into account the experience and skill of the doctor, current technology, and patient selection and expectation are all determining factors for the desired outcome of a natural-looking hair transplant result.

Not only does a reputable hair clinic stay up to date with the latest techniques and advances to continue to provide exceptional care and results, but they also have the experience of managing possible complications like correcting a failed hair transplant.

It is essential to select a surgeon with extensive training in both surgical hair restoration and repair. Most patients who are unhappy with the results of their initial transplant desire outcomes that appear more natural. Only a qualified hair transplant surgeon using cutting-edge methods can achieve this.

The good news is that at Medical Hair Restoration, patients who are unhappy with the results of their conventional hair transplant can choose a reparative hair transplant operation to address the problem.

Unsatisfactory results include visible plugs, unsightly scarring, unequal grafting, an unnatural-looking hairline and lack of results.

Poor hair transplant side view
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Older methods

Older methods may leave noticeable plugs in the transplanted hair or result in significant scarring on the scalp. There can be further issues, such as unnatural-looking hairlines.

When a surgeon transplants a hair graft with more than two or three follicular units, the apparent plug appearance frequently happens. The graft seems more noticeable in the transplanted area due to its increased size or incorrect area of placement. Large grafts also frequently result in visible scarring in the donor location. 

Older techniques of hair transplantation can also leave the hair growing in the incorrect direction. If hair grafts are planted too deeply or too superficially into the scalp it might generate the appearance of scarring in either a pitting/dented or elevated/cobbled appearance.

Lack of medical skill

Failed hair transplant results can often be attributed to outdated procedures, but they can also be brought on by ineffective surgical methods or a general lack of skill.

Each hair may not be placed correctly by the surgeon, and the follicles may eventually grow in the wrong direction. Similarly to this, the procedure may lack long-term results if the surgeon does not account for future hair loss.

There are ways to determine if a surgeon possesses the skills and expertise required for hair transplant surgery. Before the procedure, patients can, for instance, request pictures of the doctor’s prior work or request evaluations or referrals from other patients. 

Untrained surgeons

During the surgery, a skilled surgeon is meticulous and patient while adhering to a step-by-step grafting technique. However, inexperienced surgeons might not perform hair grafting correctly, leading to failed hair transplants.

A professional surgeon is defined by their ability to implant grafts precisely and comprehend the ideal donor-to-recipient ratio. It may be difficult for a novice surgeon to identify a donor location and to correctly harvest follicular grafts for transplantation.

Not every patient is a good candidate for a hair transplant. Before deciding to get a hair transplant, a skilled hair transplant surgeon will assess and determine whether a patient is a good candidate.

Each candidate’s medical history, including details on their general health, must be available to the surgeon. These elements aid in assessing a candidate’s whole diagnosis, potential hair loss patterns, and hair loss classification.


Impatience in general and disregard for post-operative care instructions might lead to unsuccessful transplants or expectations that are not satisfied. Patients risk having subpar outcomes if they don’t take prescribed medications or follow the recommended post-operative treatment guidelines. Other patients simply don’t comprehend that it takes time for the outcomes to become apparent.

How can patients avoid unsatisfying results?

Selecting a trained surgeon

The most experienced surgeons are always those who hold board certification. A patient might have a successful hair transplant treatment by selecting a practitioner with vast knowledge in hair restoration.

Surgical novices are prone to making errors. Choosing a less skilled surgeon may be less expensive, but it may harm the outcome and graft success.

Know if they are an ideal candidate

Before having surgery, it must be determined if a patient is a good candidate for a hair transplant. Stress can sometimes cause hair loss, which doesn’t need any surgery. By choosing a physician who can guide patients through the thorough examination process, patients may make sure that only qualified individuals undergo the procedure.

Keeping postoperative care awareness 

In the weeks following surgery, patience is essential. Following a hair transplant, patients should restrict sun exposure, avoid strenuous exercise, and wash their hair gently as instructed.

Additionally, patients should be aware that successful hair regrowth takes around a year. Patients can hasten their recovery and take pleasure in the benefits of a successful procedure by carefully adhering to the aftercare recommendations provided by the surgeon.

Corrective surgery on bad hair transplant
Perfect FUT scar
Fixing a bad hair transplant

Help can be provided

Hair restoration surgeons all over the world receive a negative reputation due to the prevalence of unsuccessful hair transplants. Patients who have failed operations are unhappy with the results, and fixing them can be pricey. Depending on the issues each patient has, a failed hair transplant may need to be revised or repaired. Our reparative surgeon will be able to assess and advise on possible solutions to address your concern.

Ask the surgeons at Medical Hair Restoration for help.

Patients interested in a successful hair transplant repair should contact Doctors Larry and Ryan at With their extensive training in corrective procedures, they assist each patient in regaining their confidence so they can have a full head of natural-looking hair in the long run.