FAQ: What does hair transplant repair involve?

Hair transplant repair

Today is World Hair Transplant Repair Day, led by International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), the world’s leading authority on hair loss and hair restoration. They have launched this annual awareness day to raise consumer awareness about the risks to patients that undergo hair restoration procedures carried out illegally by unlicensed technicians which has become a growing concern.

IHSRS members such as Dr Mooz have seen a worrying increase in recent years in patients seeking hair transplant repair. This can be very challenging, as he often must correct poor results, severe infections, poor donor area planning and over-harvesting and visible scarring.

Do I need hair transplant repair?

Severe infections and visible scarring are often seen as the worst-case scenarios with a botched hair transplant. But, often, Dr Mooz sees patients that have been left with a less than pleasing aesthetic result that is the mark of an unskilled or inexperienced practitioner.

Typical aesthetic problems can include an unnatural hairline or not enough density. Planning is key to a successful hair transplant and Dr Mooz will carefully assess the donor area, the area of hair loss and your existing hair pattern to ensure that a truly natural result is procedure. He will take into consideration the texture, size, direction, and angle of each hair graft when they are transplanted.

What makes a hairline look unnatural?

Your hairline is the frame of your face and highly visible so it’s essential that your hair restoration surgeon gets it right. An unnatural hairline is very straight and has none of the typical irregularities that a normal hairline has. If it’s placed too high, it can make the forehead look too large. Dr Mooz will take new follicles to reshape the hairline and any poorly placed follicles can be carefully removed.

What is lack of density?

Lack of density is when not enough hair follicles have been implanted during the initial procedure. This can be compounded if there has been poor follicle handling or implantation that crushes the hair follicles or places them too close together to ensure sufficient blood supply. A secondary procedure can be performed to implant more hair follicles, but a skilled practitioner is a must to ensure none of the existing or previously implanted hair follicles are damaged.


Dr Mooz recently performed hair transplant repair on a young woman who’d gone to Turkey for her initial procedure. She was deeply unhappy with her frontal hairline which looked very fake and Barbie doll-like. Watch the video to see how Dr Mooz corrected her hairline to produce a much more natural appearance.