Busting the Myths that Hair Transplant Causes Cancer


Busting the Myths that Hair Transplant Causes Cancer

  • 27 July 2022
  • Hair Experts @ AHS
  • 4 min. read

A hair transplant has proved to be an ideal solution for hair loss, especially in irrecoverable hair loss situations. Advanced techniques and expert hair loss consultants have made it possible for people with extensive hair loss to regain their hair volume.

Hair transplant has become a way for men and women of all ages to regain their lost confidence because of hair loss. This is one procedure that offers 100% results. Unfortunately, due to a lack of proper knowledge, many believe that a hair transplant can cause cancer. This is far from the truth.

Before you infer that hair transplant results in cancer or any other severe disease, there is much to know about this treatment. Read this article that will bust all these unsubstantiated myths.

Why is Hair Transplant Done?

A hair transplant is a hair restoration treatment for people with baldness, hair thinning, or bald patches. It involves transferring (transplanting) the hair follicles from a healthy hair growth part of the scalp which is also known as the donor area of the scalp to the area of the head where the growth is less. Hair transplant surgery has proved effective in severe hair loss cases.

Expert hair consultants recommend hair transplant after careful observation and running all the necessary tests on the person suffering from hair loss. They recommend this treatment when hair growth cannot be restored through any other treatments or procedures or any other remedies.

After hair transplant, it can take 8 months to a year for someone to see hair growth. However, it can be a permanent hair restoration solution for many. Hair forms a significant part of our overall look and personality. With a hair transplant, you can regain your confidence.

What are the Risks of Hair Transplant?

Hair transplant techniques are becoming more advanced and less complicated with the development of technology. It is cosmetic surgery. Choosing the right experts for the surgery is crucial because they can ensure that the entire process goes smoothly and that they are knowledgeable enough to avoid any difficulties to the best extent.

There are no significant risks associated with hair transplant surgeries. Generally, the side effects are minor and common. Some of these are:

* Numbness on the scalp
* Itchiness on the transplanted area or the donor site
* Some of the grafts may fail
* Swelling or inflammation

These are some of the common hair transplant side effects, which can be taken care of by the expert surgeon . In addition, some people may face uncommon complications in rare situations, such as blood loss, allergic reaction to antibiotics, anesthesia, or bleeding. These complications can be avoided if you consult with a hair transplant expert who is a qualified surgeon.

Does Hair Transplant Causes Cancer?

Suppose you come across an article or blog on social media that presents shocking details or’ facts.’ In such a case, looking for the article’s source is always advised before following it or spreading the given information. Unfortunately, social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp have become common grounds for spreading rumors and misinformation without proof.

On such platforms, you may have received a message or article claiming that hair transplant’s side effects include cancer. If not through these articles, someone who read them may have told you so. So let’s look at the scientific facts that will make you understand to what extent these affirmations are true.

The type of cancer that people associate with hair transplant surgery is skin cancer because the entire procedure involves grafting and transplanting skin cells. As it is scientifically proven that organ transplantation makes a person more prone to skin cancer, many people associate hair transplantation with organ transplantation and hence the unsupported declarations.

It is unreasonable to think that hair transplant surgery is similar to organ transplantation. Organs are a vital part of our body; their surgery is more invasive and complicated. Whereas hair forms an external part of our body, its transplantation surgery which is much less complicated.

Another factor that puts this rumour to rest is that organ transplantation is an open surgery that increases the chances of infection as an organ from a foreign body is transferred to the patient’s body. Hair transplant surgery remains on the skin’s surface, and the grafts are taken from the same person’s scalp.

It is wise not to believe any information until it is supported by proven research.

Also Read: 8 Common Myths and Facts About Hair Transplant that you Should Know

Does Hair Transplant Cause Long-Term Side Effects?

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There are no major long-term side effects to your health after hair transplant surgery. However, one can face some transplant-related issues after the procedure. These are:

  • Graft Failure

Your consultant may also inform you about the fact that transplanted grafts have a 70% survival rate. This is because hair follicles extraction and transplantation can be traumatic. You may experience scattered growth on the transplanted area because some follicles may not regrow.

  • Damage to Donor Area

The area where the grafts with healthy hair growth are taken is the donor area, which sometimes gets permanently damaged after the surgery. Many people experience scars or bald patches in that area. This is why an expert surgeon collects donor follicles from the area of dense hair growth, which can cover up the scar.

  • Folliculitis or Hair Curl

Folliculitis refers to ingrown hair. Hair curl or folliculitis happens when the transplantation causes damage to the hair follicle, and it loses its strength to grow out of the skin. As a result, the hair starts curling inside the scalp, which can further cause sore scalp and infectious patches. Hence, you must choose the right surgeon only when you decide to go for a hair transplant.

  • Loss of Scalp Laxity

The scalp needs to retain its laxity for hair transplant surgery to work. If your scalp does not remain tight or becomes loose, it may not be able to hold the transplanted hair follicles and promote hair growth. Also, a loose scalp is more prone to scars.

These are a few long-term side effects of hair transplants. Feel free to ask your hair consultant about these effects. They will guide you in the best way to prevent any of these side effects.


Does a hair transplant cause cancer? No, the lack of evidence declares that hair transplant cannot cause cancer. At Advanced Hair Studio, our hair consultants are experts in their field of work. Our expert surgeons perform the procedure carefully and have extensive knowledge and experience in hair transplant surgery. They are cautious with every step towards the hair restoration procedure, offer expert advice, and put you on the journey to get the treatment done most effectively.

Article by Hair Experts @ AHS

Originally hailing from the length and breath of the country our team of hair experts bring together their strength that lies in consulting for hair and skin/scalp concerns that are faced by a lot of people. This core team involves field experts having passion in the field of aesthetics and creating as well as finding the right answers and clearing doubts about all things "Hair". Combining the interest in the field of aesthetics and general well-being, the team moves forward applying the knowhow gained in the field of trichology as well as hair transplantation contributing successfully in being part of our Team India operations and contributing to the needs of our patrons.

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Nail Robins
Nail Robins
I am honestly thankful to Advanced Hair Studios. I suffer from a hair-pulling disorder. There is this constant urge to pull off your hair follicles. It is painless when you pull but extremely painful when you see a missing patch on your scalp. But, I feel blessed with AHS hair fall treatment. I can see baby hair growing. It’s been two weeks. All I can see is low hair fall.
Sharid Sarwardhi
Sharid Sarwardhi
I have done my hair transplant surgery in AHS Delhi Branch on 2019 by travelling to Delhi from Dhaka, Bangladesh. The front and the back portion of my head were bald and through the hair transplant surgery, they have managed to cover the front portion of my head and the former appearance of my face returned back. The way they collected hairs from the donor portion did not affect my donor area at all. I am quite happy with my result. I have been consulting with them for a second seating so that they can cover the back portion of my head as well so that the hair density on top will increase and the bald portion of my head will reduce to a minimum level.
Prasoon Gupta
Prasoon Gupta
Hi all, I had a problem with my hair, and I visited Advanced Hair Studio, Hyderabad. Here, the experts are amazing. My low hair density problem was explained very nicely, and some solutions were suggested. The solutions were fantastic. If you have any such issues, I recommend that you come and make an appointment. There was a lot of care and attention displayed by their staff in handling my hair fall issue. Similarly, the receptionists are both friendly and courteous, and the atmosphere is clean and fresh. This clinic deserves 5 stars.

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