Send to

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

Complications in hair-restoration surgery.

Author information

Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 South First Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153, USA; Chicago Hair Institute, 1S280 Summit Suite C-4, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181, USA. Electronic address:


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.


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

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center