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Can A Hair Transplant Be Undone?

Feb 11th 2019 at 5:01 AM


Buyer’s remorse is the sense of regret after having made a purchase or investment. In fact, this feeling of regret is quite common in the hair restoration industry and can occur for several reasons. H Hair loss affects individuals to Hair loss in Men and women is different and many individuals experience intense feelings of depression, low self-esteem and shame. The individual suffering from hereditary hair loss may seek a hair transplant on impulse to remedy the balding.  But afterwards, individuals can deeply regret their decision. In this article, we will be discussing whether or not a hair transplant can be undone or reversed.

How Do Hair Transplants Work?

Modern recommended hair restoration surgeons works by moving genetically resistant hair from the back and sides of the scalp and implanting follicles into the balding area. The back and sides of the scalp is referred to as the donor site. There are two methods of harvesting the donor hair from the back and sides of the scalp. The first of the two is known as Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) or strip surgery. FUSS is performed by removing a strip of hair-bearing tissue and dissecting the strip in to follicular units under microscopes. This method produces a linear scar, though typically pencil thin. The newer method of harvesting is called Follicular Unit Excision (FUE). FUE is performed by removing follicular units individually with the use of a surgical punch. This method produces tiny scars that are scattered across the entire donor site.

What To Expect After A Hair Transplant and Can It Be Undone?

A hair transplant can be reversed to a degree but allow us to explain in detail. Immediately following a hair transplant the scalp is typically pink with tiny scabs forming around the micro-incision sites. The tiny graft incision sites heal rapidly within 7-10 days.

After hair restoration surgery, patients may experience some minor swelling and redness. Generally, the redness clears up and fades away after a few weeks but can be prolonged for months in fair skinned individuals.

The grafts anchor into the scalp quickly and cannot be removed unless they are surgically excised. However, it is possible to remove the grafts immediately after surgery. While this would be technically “undoing” the hair transplant, it wont really for the following reasons.

Once the follicular unit is excised, it cannot be put back and the follicular unit would be lost forever. Secondly, the incision sites, while tiny still create micro-scarring that can be visible if no hair is present. Meaning, without a hair follicle growing in the site, the scar itself could resemble a pit. This is referred to as “pitting” and while uncommon can occur if someone tries to undo a hair transplant.

Moreover, several other skin related ailments can arise from attempting to “undo” a hair transplant including severe skin infections and necrosis (skin death).


It is understandable to regret an impulsive decision but it is impossible to know whether or not a hair transplant will fail immediately after surgery. Unfortunately, surgical hair restoration like Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) or Strip surgery needs is a process of recovery, shedding, growth and maturation.

It is not uncommon for the results of a hair transplant procedure to fully manifest after 18 months. Therefore, patients should allow a minimum of 12 months before appropriately judging their results. At that time, subsequent procedures may be necessary to add density or refinement. However, that is unknown until the appropriate amount of time has been allotted.

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