With every decision we make, there are always consequences, and before committing to something, you need to ask yourself are the benefits and the gains worth the inevitable consequences. For those of us losing our hair, and contemplating getting hair transplant surgery, there is obviously a financial aspect to the equation, but that is a pretty black and white decision, you can either afford it, or you can’t. One of the bigger dilemmas facing a prospective hair transplant patient is just how bad the resulting scars are going to be.

There is, of course, no guarantee that your hair transplant will be entirely successful, and if it isn’t then you could potentially be left with some very visible scars for the rest of your life, so it is an understandable concern.

The internet is a dangerous place to conduct research regarding scars, as in general those people whose transplant has been successful with minimal scarring, will be unlikely to broadcast this fact to the world. On the flip side, those people angry or disappointed with their personal results will want to tell everyone, so you could end up getting a very biased viewpoint.

As with all forms of surgery, there are always inherent risks, hence the reason why you have to sign consent forms before undertaking the operation. The area of your scalp known as the donor site, (where the grafts are extracted from) will usually heal perfectly with virtually no visible scarring. You will also know your body, and how it heals, so if you feel that you are more likely than most people to have scars upon healing,  then it may be worth discussing alternative hair transplant options such as follicular unit extraction. In just the same way that some boxers cut quickly, some scalps don’t heal as well as the general population.

One of the biggest factors in your result will be the skill of the surgeon.  Spend some time talking to the doctor and do not be intimidated by him or her. Ask to see examples of their work, references and photographs. Different doctors obtain wildly different results, and it is your decision who you use, so ensure that you perform due diligence and get the best surgeon in your local area. Regarding percentages, about 95 percent of the cause of little to no scarring will be as a result of the surgeon, with about 5 percent being the patient and how well their body reacts. With such a high responsibility lying with the surgeon, making the correct choice is essential.

While large scars become more common with multiple procedures, there is always a risk involved. Think carefully about your future hairstyles, if you normally like to wear a buzz cut, even after a transplant, serious scarring might prevent this, so you need to weigh up the benefits versus the risks. To put your mind at risk, this video of a hair transplant patient showing their scar seven months after the operation might reassure you.

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