Hair Restoration Procedures to Avoid

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Posted on : May 13, 2016 | Category : Hair Transplant | Author: John Kahen

Hair transplant Procedures to Avoid

There are many procedures for hair restoration that are extremely painful and that we don't recommend at Beverly Hills Hair Restoration.? These hair transplant procedures leave scarring and don't give the best results for the patient, while other are way more effective. Below are just a few that we recommend you avoid if you are considering hair restoration.

Flap and Free Form Flap

A flap of hair bearing skin is moved from the side of the scalp to the front hairline by cutting it on three sides, but not separating it from its blood supply or severing it completely from the scalp. The procedure is major surgery and is performed in a hospital.

A flap is one inch wide and approximately three to seven inches long. It has to be twisted for the hair-bearing side of the flap to end up facing outward from the head once it is shifted over and stitched into the surgically removed balding area. An unsightly knot will always form where the flap has to be twisted

Other serious problems with these procedures can include:

  • Necrosis, the chance of a partial or complete death of the flap, leaving a bad scar.
  • Hair always grows in the opposite direction of a normal hairline. Normally, hair in the hairline grows forward. In this case the direction is completely reversed, which makes hair difficult to style naturally.
  • Infection
  • Round or Square Grafts

Round and square grafts are original, standard, out-of-date pluggy-looking. A hole pinch device is used to make three to five mm graft, which results in a plug of hair nearly equal to the size of a pencil eraser. These round or square grafts are too large. Moreover, they do not resemble the natural growth of hair. These patches look ugly and fail to service the purpose.

The hair transplant carried in this way lead to doughnut effect since the grafts are too large and the blood circulation is not uniform. Hair in the middle of the graft fails to grow with the absence of blood circulation. These grafts also give the impression of doll hair- a pluggy look of islands of hair in an ocean. This procedure also results in Cobble-stoning, a common scalp deformity in hair restoration patients.

The mini grafts and micro-grafts- the most recently developed smaller version of grafts fail to restore that natural essence. Thus, follicular unit graft comprising one to four hairs is the best option of naturally occurring grafts which helps retain the originality.

Scalp Reduction

An unattractive appearance can result from alopecia reduction (AR), galeoplasty (GP), or male pattern reduction (MPR) or scalp reductions. Anesthesia is administered while performing the surgery. During this surgery, the bald part of the scalp at the top or crown of the head is cut away. The edges of the nearby hair bearing skin are then stitched together. This brings the hair-bearing scalp from either side to meet in the middle. Sometimes a scar results during this procedure which is commonly known as dog ear scar.

Scalp reduction also includes the following;

  • Accelerated hair loss. Hair loss exceeds the natural course of hair. Hair loss occurs within just a few weeks or months and often fails to grow again.
  • Due to the altered direction of hair growth, the appearance is unnatural.
  • Chances of infection.