So, maybe you’ve dreamt of having a full head of hair again, and even looking into a hair transplant? Be careful. Hair transplants are not a dream come true for everyone. There are many different scenarios in which a hair transplant can go very wrong. Dare we say, they can even be a nightmare?

Just how bad can a hair transplant go?

Hair transplantation takes hair from sections of your scalp that are still producing hair and relocates it to parts of your scalp where the hair is thinning or missing altogether, simple enough, in theory. In practice, there are many unscrupulous and exploitative providers who cause no end of trouble for people eager to solve their hair loss.

The potential for hair transplant procedures to go awry, and that’s putting it mildly, is so significant that the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery released photographs to the press in Europe warning about the dangers of botched procedures. Here are nine examples of botched hair transplants that amounted to nothing more than expensive, thousands and even into the five figures, horror stories:


  • Overharvesting from donor sites that leave you permanently scarred and disfigured
  • As many as 4,500 grafts harvested from a single site by untrained technicians
  • Harvesting can be so aggressive as to be irreversible, meaning you’ll need to supplement your hair in the area where you started with so much hair that you had hair to spare, but no longer
  • Scarring from overharvesting can be long-lasting and permanent
  • Use of outdated techniques or current techniques poorly executed because of inadequate training
  • Placement of implants too deeply or too densely can result in wounds, resulting in infections and scarring
  • Excessive use of drugs such as epinephrine to reduce bleeding during transplant can result in necrosis, which is medical-speak for the death of body tissue because of the lack of blood flow
  • Hair growing in the wrong direction compared to the rest of your hair, and is spaced so poorly or arbitrarily as to be unnatural
  • Even if initially successful, grafted hair can fail to grow due to improper excision or handling, or poor placement. You’ll have gone through the whole process, and paid thousands, but wasted your time

All is not lost!

Even the most successful hair transplant surgeries, and, as we’ve seen, they’re not all successful, can leave scarring depending on the competency of the practitioner and the type of transplant procedure undertaken (follicular unit extraction (FUE) or the strip method (FUT)).

Scalp micropigmentation is a permanent and instantly effective treatment for baldness; it’s true. But it also offers a solution for people who’ve experienced severe scarring as the result of prior hair transplant procedures. Using scalp micropigmentation, technicians will, over a thousand times per square inch of scarred tissue, place micro insertions of pigment to mask scars and blend the scarred area with your remaining natural hair or other areas of scalp micropigmentation.

If your goal of solving hair loss has led you to the horror of a botched hair transplant and unattractive scarring, let us review your situation. Scalp micropigmentation may be a solution to those unsightly scars.