Complications in General
Though hair transplant surgery is considered a relatively safe procedure, it is not without risks. Awareness of these risks and complications equals prudence. These complications can be avoided through thorough history taking and physical examination, patient selection, careful planning, improving one’s surgical techniques, knowing the appropriate management for these complications when they arise, and adopting methods that would prevent similar occurrences in future cases.
Preventing complications in hair transplant surgery starts during the initial consultation with proper patient selection, with knowledge of which comorbidities and medications to watch out for, and with advice to patients regarding what to avoid prior to surgery.
General complications can be encountered both intra- and postoperatively. Intraoperative complications include drug hypersensitivity, local anesthetic toxicity, hiccups, vasovagal reflex, hyper- and hypotension, pain, and excessive bleeding. Postoperative complications include persistent hiccups, hyper- and hypoesthesia, facial edema, nausea and vomiting, shock loss, and folliculitis.
KeywordsHair transplant Prevention Intraoperative Postoperative Complications
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