In a society that is always striving to look thinner, younger and better, it comes as no surprise that the cosmetic surgery industry has found a way to help patients who are unhappy with their hairline. A hair transplant is a surgical technique where the patient’s own hair follicles are removed from one part of the body, generally referred to as the “donor site” and transplanted into a bald or balding part of the body known as the “recipient site”. As with any other cosmetic procedure, sub-standard procedures or compromised medical care can often lead to disfigurement and physical and emotional pain for the patient, making hair transplant procedures another potential source of medical negligence claims.
How is a Hair Transplant done?
There are three primary ways in which hair can be transplanted:
• Strip Harvesting – an entire strip of skin with hairs is transplanted in the form of multiple tiny skin grafts.
• Follicular Unit Extraction – individual hairs are removed from one area and planted into the area where hair is desired.
• Artificial Transplant – synthetic fibres are planted into the desired area.
As with any surgical procedure, all three methods of hair transplantation carry certain risks, making them a potential source of medical negligence claims.
What can go wrong during a Hair Transplant Procedure?
It is estimated that at least one third of patients seeking treatment at hair transplant clinics are there for procedures to correct a previously botched transplant. The most common adverse result with hair transplants is scarring, particularly at the donor site. Scarring can also occur if the incisions on the scalp become infected, often a result of medical negligence. Poorly performed surgeries can also cause trauma to the transplant site, including nerve damage and loss of sensation in the transplant site.
When can I claim for a Hair Transplant Procedure?
There are a number of injuries that could be eligible for a medical negligence claim related to hair transplantation, including the following:
• Rashes, swelling, burning or irritation caused by an adverse reaction to chemicals used during the hair transplant procedure.
• Hair loss or bald patches caused by trauma or scarring to the transplant site.
• Severe scarring or even disfigurement to the transplant site.
• Divots or bumps on the skin as a result of a poorly performed procedure.
If you have suffered any of these effects or any other negative outcome from a hair transplant procedure, you may be entitled to claim for medical negligence.