Can we correct bad hair transplants?

by Dr Abhinav Kumar, MD

There are thousands of successful stories of hair transplants, there are also a number of bad hair transplants that can have a significant psychological impact.
There is nothing worse than getting a procedure done with high expectations and only to be disappointed with the results.
It not only feels like a waste of time and money but can also feel like a betrayal of your trust by your surgeon.
However, if you have been the victim of a bad hair transplant, whether this is through poor execution of the procedure or an outdated technique,  there are ways that it can be fixed.
At the Eugenix, we specialize in corrective hair transplant and offer a number of highly effective treatments to overcome bad hair transplants.

The corrective treatments used today are Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or Follicular Unit Excision (FUE). Both forms of hair transplant involve a surgical procedure and require a great deal of skill from the surgeon, so choosing an experienced and reputable clinic is key to a successful restorative hair transplant.

Both transplant healthy hair follicles to bald areas of the scalp and can be carried out on scarred tissue from previous transplants to deliver good results. However, they differ slightly. FUT involves taking small strips of healthy hair follicles from the back or side of the scalp that are then cut into tiny units and microscopically inserted into the patient’s scalp. FUE uses an electronic punch to extract individual hair follicles from donor areas then insert each hair follicle into the affected part of the scalp.

Both offer good results, but you need to be aware that the nature of the FUT procedure does leave linear scarring and often requires longer healing time, whereas FUE leaves little to no visible scarring and has a much quicker recovery time.

The corrective solutions
There are a few ways in which these procedures can be used to correct bad hair transplants. A poorly designed or hairline with poor density can be corrected with the extraction of wrongly placed grafts and placement of grafts at right angles.   A new, slightly lower hairline can be designed to hide the wrong hairline. If one doesn’t have sufficient donor, beard grafts can be used to fill areas where scalp grafts fell short. A limited approach with correction of only frontal 50% of the total bald scalp extending till the crown cam also improve the look drastically. Use of Scalp micropigmentation also helps in hiding, depleted donor, and areas of critical importance where we fell short of grafts.
If you are self-conscious of linear scarring from previous FUT scar,  beard grafts can be used to hide the linear scar.
In the end, I would like to tell that, doing corrective hair transplant is much more difficult than a simple first-time hair transplant, as the surgeon has to correct other doctors mistakes and he can’t afford to go wrong. Secondly, there should be a complete understanding of the aesthetics of the face.
If you’re suffering from a bad hair transplant, then let our experts at the Eugenix offer you a solution.

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