Reasons for poor hair growth after hair transplant surgery


Hair transplants or restoration procedures are the best solution available for balding and hair loss, these are highly advanced and have a high success rate. Depending on the degree of baldness and the availability of good quality donor hair grafts, these procedures can give very natural looking results. But sometimes hair regrowth post surgery becomes an issue.

Here is why that might happen:

  • If the surgeon uses donor grafts that are already in a state of decline or undergoing miniaturisation, they will not grow properly after the transplant.

The donor grafts usually come from the back and side of the scalp, areas that are resistant to hair loss, especially in the cases of Androgenic Alopecia, or male pattern baldness. But sometimes baldness has already progressed to a stage where even the follicles in the donor area are undergoing miniaturisation or the process by which follicles shrink in size over time, become weak, and eventually cause hair fall. These follicles are not good donor grafts and will either not regrow, or if they do, they will fall out.

  • Poor hair regrowth post transplant can also be a result of desiccation. Desiccation is a state of extreme dryness. When hair grafts are extracted from the scalp or the body using Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) methods, they are cut off from capillary circulation, which means thattheir source of essential nutrients and oxygen is disrupted.

Since these grafts are extremely delicate, they cannot be left outside for too long, prolonged exposure to air puts them at risk of desiccation. To prevent that surgeons use a holding or storage solution, until another source of nutrients is established. Either that or they are immediately implanted into the recipient area.

Here the skill and experience of the surgeon and their team comes into play. They have to ensure that the movement from the donor site to the storage solution and then to recipient site hasminimal air exposure. The follicles can become useless, or die even with exposure of as little as ten seconds. Unfortunately, it can remain undetected for months after surgery. In fact the patient might notice it in the form of poor regrowth

Although you cannot do much if the surgeon has done the procedure carelessly, but there are some things that can support healthy regrowth after the surgery.

  • Be very gentle with your scalp, even if the scars itch, resist the urge to scratch your scalp as it may dislodge the grafts. You can shampoo your hair, but consult with the doctor before doing so and refrain from massaging your scalp too much while shampooing.
  • Stay away form contact sports or any rough physical activity. Avoid exercising too much or anything that makes you sweat. If you want to exercise, walking and light running are a good idea. Too much sweat is not good for the implants.
  • Patients can also use Minoxidil, a topical solution to help faster regrowth.
  • Eat well, and include foods rich in protein, iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. These nutrients can be found in lean meats, egg whites, leafy greens, nuts, beans, and fish, and they boost hair growth.

Most importantly, spend enough time to find an experienced surgeon for hair transplant in Delhi or hair transplant repair in your specific area who will not only do a thorough study of your hair-loss problem, gauge the availability and quality of donor hair, create an aesthetically pleasing hairline, and ensure that the grafts are properly lodged in their new place without any damage.