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Hair Transplant Repair

Many of the hair restoration procedures that are performed by our Hair Restoration Specialists are correcting problems that arose from hair transplants that were poorly performed.  Whether problems were caused by outdated methods, improper techniques or the patients were not good candidates for surgery, our hair restoration experts can correct the problem and perform the procedures correctly, while utilizing the most advanced techniques and technology available.

In the past ten years, the techniques for hair restoration procedures have improved significantly.  For repairing damage from a previous hair transplant, there are different options available, including:

Graft Removal

If it is necessary to take a more aggressive approach to remove and re-distribute the grafts, the grafts that are problematic will be removed carefully, dissected into individual follicular units and will then be re-implanted.  The benefits of this option are that the hair is being re-used and when the grafts are taken out, tissue that is scarred is also removed.

If there are too many grafts or if the grafts are really small, graft excision may not be the best option. For cases such as these, laser hair removal will most likely be the best option.

Camouflage

This option involves placing small micro-grafts in front of larger grafts in order to conceal them and make the hairline look softer and more natural.  The drawback to this option is that if larger grafts are placed too close to the frontal hairline, or if they are in the crown, camouflage will not be enough to fix the problem.  Camouflage will also not be effective if the hairline was transplanted too low on the forehead.

Combined Repair

For most cases, not all of the original large grafts should be removed on a patient.  If those original grafts were placed properly and are pointing in the right direction, it might be best to add in follicular units around them to give the most natural-looking results.  However, if a lot of grafts need to be taken out, it may take a few sessions for removing and re-implanting the grafts.

Using graft excision and camouflage requires vast skill, but the combination of the two techniques can provide excellent results.

Correcting Scars

One of the more current hair transplant repair techniques involves utilize FUE to camouflage a widened donor scar.  For this procedure, hair is taken from around the area of where the linear scar is and it is placed right onto it.  FUE can also be used for patients who have a normal linear scar, but they would like to wear their hair very short.  In order for this to happen, the grafts will need to be removed through direct extraction to hide that original scar.

Laser Hair Removal

If hair grafts are small, but were put into the wrong direction or location, laser hair removal can be a good option for correction.  In order for this to be a viable treatment option, the underlying skin needs to be pretty normal.  The disadvantages of using this option are that multiple treatments are necessary over the course of many months and the hair that is removed cannot be re-used.

Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing can be used as a hair transplant repair option to improve the scarred skin that came from a hair transplant in which larger grafts were used.  There is great control in how deep the laser is penetrated into the surface of the skin, so there is great precision and accuracy.

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a medical hairline tattoo that closely resembles the very short hairs of a closely shaved scalp.  Natural pigments are applied at the epidermis level of the scalp that will replicate the natural appearance of hair follicles.  This procedure is also useful in improving the appearance of outdated hair transplants and helping those who have widened donor scars.

 

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