Hair Surgery

What is a hair transplant?
A hair transplant involves moving hairs from one part of the body (the donor site) to a bald or balding part of the body (the recipient site).  It is primarily used to treat male pattern baldness.  It can also be used to restore eyelashes, chest hair, pubic hair, eyebrows and beard hair.

What is the process involved in having a hair transplant?
When some is having a hair transplant for male pattern baldness, there are two techniques which are generally used today.

Strip harvesting involves removing a strip of the scalp is removed under local anaesthetic, and this wound is then stitched back together.  The strip of scalp which has been removed is then cut up into smaller pieces called grafts which are then transplanted onto the balding area.  Recovery time is generally around two weeks.

Follicular unit extraction involves removing individual follicles of hair under local anaesthetic.  Each follicle is then re-inserted back into the scalp using a micro blade.  Recovery time is generally around seven days as there is no stitching required.

What are the risks of having a hair transplant?
The risks of undergoing strip harvesting would differ to that of follicular extraction as it is slightly more invasive and a wound is created.  Complications that can affect anyone who has surgery include an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic, excessive bleeding and risk of infection.  There are also a number of complications that are specifically associated with any hair transplant surgery.  These are all recognised risks, but sometimes poor management of these complications can give grounds for a claim for compensation

Specific complications could include:

  • Inflammation including itchiness and tingling
  • Skin damage
  • Alterations to the pigmentation of the skin
  • Hair thinning or “shock loss” is also common but usually temporary

If you have sustained excessive physical or emotional problems after the procedure, you may have a claim for compensation if your surgeon has not taken sufficient care and skill during the surgery or has not provided you with proper advice in your consultation before the surgery has taken place. You may also be able to claim for the costs of any further corrective surgery that is required.

How much compensation am I likely to receive?
If your hair surgery has resulted in you being injured, please complete our online claims calculator to find out how much you could be entitled to.

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