Most hair loss patients are familiar with revision hair transplants and the chance for further hair growth and restoration. A successful hair transplant done at a reputable and specialized clinic should leave no visible scars or marks of disfiguration. Revision hair transplants are often sought after by patients who received their first transplant at general practitioner cosmetic clinics that do not specialize in hair transplants, and who often use outdated techniques and overly rely on machines and assistant technicians.
Dr. Yazdan of Modena Hair Institute is an expert in revision hair transplants and can work with almost any scalp to recreate a natural looking and full-bodied head of hair.
If you have noticeable scarring from past hair transplant procedures (as the patient from the opening of the article shows), particularly a FUT procedure, then revision hair transplant can help minimize the scarring.
Newly transplanted hair grafts will continue growing hair long after transplantation, as any successful first transplant will demonstrate. While hair transplantation surgery can greatly enhance your appearance, it doesn’t cure hair loss. Decades after receiving your first surgery you may notice that your hair no longer looks as good as it did. If that’s the case, a second hair restoration surgery is an option for most people and can revitalize your thinning hair.
With patients who are satisfied with the look of their previous transplant, a second treatment is sought out to add a more desired density and thickness. Partnering with the Specialized Hair Loss Experts
Deciding to tackle hair loss for a second or third time can be, for some individuals, a difficult one. By choosing the most qualified hair restoration expert, the decision becomes an easier one to make. Knowledge of technique is obviously not sufficient in itself. That technique must be specifically applied with meticulous attention to detail to produce superior results. And this is the goal of Modena’s clinical practice.
Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.
We often see patients for consultations who are dealing with the effects of having a scar on their scalp. Thankfully, there are hair restoration options to restore and repair scalp scars.
When you have a scar on the scalp, whether it’s from a hair transplant surgery or an unrelated traume, there is often a lack of hair growth in or around the scar.
The scalp is similar to the skin in that it is made up of layers of dermis. When the tissue is damaged for whatever reason, there is often damage deeper down than just what we can see on the superficial layer. Part of this deeper damage effects the hair follicles that reside there, causing a lack of hair growth.
In addition to hair loss in or near the scar, another side effect of scalp scars is scar tissue. Scar tissue is what gives scars that scar-like appearance. Your genetics, healing history, and time all play a role in the severity of your scar tissue. While scar tissue may lessen over time, generally, scar tissue is here to stay.
Hair loss coupled with scar tissue can leave many individuals feeling insecure about their scalp scars. Regardless of the cause of your scar, there is hope to restore a normal scalp and hair appearance.
Hair restoration techniques such as FUE hair transplant surgery and scalp micropigmentation allow individuals to conceal scalp scars with hair or hair-like coverage.
The FUE hair transplant surgery method to repair scalp scars is similar to the standard FUE hair transplantation procedure. Grafts are extracted from a healthy donor area (often the back of the scalp) and are transplanted into the scalp scar. The hair follicles are able to grow healthily and naturally in the scar area.
Scalp micropigmentation or SMP to repair scalp scars is a unique method in involves pigment being applied to the scalp in a dotted hair-follicle appearance. This method is ideal for those with a buzzed or a shaved hair style.
If you’d like to learn more about these methods for scalp scar repair, give us a call for a consultation today.
Scalp Micropigmentation, or SMP, is a non-surgical option to restore the appearance of hair in those experiencing hair loss.
How does it work?
During an SMP procedure, natural pigments are applied to the epidermis of the scalp in a dotted manner. This gives the natural appearance of hair follicles on the scalp and in turn camouflages hair loss.
Scalp Micropigmentation is an extremely universal method of hair restoration. It can be used to add density to a thinning area, to conceal the appearance of a botched hair transplant scar, and to restore the hair line.
SMP can be used on its own to fill in between thinning hairs, or in conjunction with a hair transplant surgery.
Men who like to wear their hair shaved are often draw to SMP as it is a great option to give the appearance of hair while still being able to wear the hair very short or to have the head shaved.
SMP is a semi-permanent hair loss solution. The pigment typically lasts 3-5 years in most individuals.
Here at Modena, we’ve formulated our own brand of SMP technology to offer the maximum hair loss camouflaging available on the market today.
We’ve seen great success with Scalp Micropigmentation to add density to thinning crowns, to conceal botched FUT/Strip scars done by less experienced surgeons, and to give that ideal shaved head look.
If you’d like to learn more about SMP and see if you’re a candidate for this hair loss camouflaging technique, give us a call today.
Unfortunately, botched hair transplants are becoming increasingly common. Every week we see handfuls of patients for consultations seeking a corrective hair transplant or scar repair procedure done.
Botched hair transplant surgeries often leave the patient’s hair looking worse off than before. Botched can refer to the scar left by the Strip/FUT incision, extreme shock loss in the donor area, or a minimal-nonexistent survival rate of the transplanted grafts.
Don’t let this happen to you! There are many ways you can avoid ending up with a botched hair transplant surgery. I discuss two of those ways below.
First, and most importantly, do your research. Below is a list of useful questions to ask your prospective hair transplant surgeon:
How many years of experience do you have transplanting hair?
Do you use a machine or hand tools to assist you in extracting and placing grafts?
What size punch tool do you use?
Do you have any before and after pictures?
Do you have any testimonials?
Are you certified by the ISHRS?
Will you be the one actually performing my surgery?
What percentage success rate do you have for graft survival and overall successful outcomes for hair transplant surgeries?
Second, consider the cost benefit analysis. While a cheaper cost for surgery sounds ideal, its true what they say about getting what you pay for. Most cases of botched surgeries are a result of someone choosing a cheaper surgical option, whether that means going abroad or choosing someone with inferior credentials. Although you may save money in the short term, you end up spending more than you would have if you’d chosen the right surgeon the first time when you have to pay for a second surgery to repair your botched hair transplant.
While there are methods to correct a bad hair transplant or repair a bad Strip/FUT scar, not everyone is a candidate for these options. The best way to avoid this scenario is to take every precaution prior to your first surgery. It is much easier to do a surgery right the first time than it is to try and repair a botched one.
Here at Modena, we stand by every surgery we do. Feel free to browse our before and afters as well as our repair case studies. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have during a consultation. Save yourself the time, money, and stress of trying to repair a botched surgery and get it done right the first time.
Patient had Strip/FUT hair transplant surgery by a doctor who claimed to be an experienced hair restoration surgeon. During the surgery, the patient states he experienced immense pain as it felt like the technicians and doctor were struggling and pulling at his scalp tissue. When he asked the doctor what was going on he was told they were having trouble sewing the scalp back together. As the pictures illustrate, the resulting scar from this traumatic procedure left masses of scar tissue. All of this scar tissue left huge areas of no hair growth on the back and sides of the scalp.
The patient came to Modena Hair Center seeking a scar repair procedure. Dr. Yazdan assessed the scalp and the existing damage caused by the previous botched Strip/FUT hair transplant surgery. After evaluating all of their options, Dr. Yazdan and the patient agreed Scalp Micro-pigmentation would yield the best results. The patient now has coverage on the scar tissue area, creating a fuller more natural appearance of the hair.
Don’t let this be you! While hair restoration surgery is minimally invasive, it is still a medical surgery. That means your surgeon needs to be qualified and experienced. Do not hesitate to research and ask questions. A good hair transplant surgeon will take the time to walk you through the process and share their results with you. If you’d like to learn more about scar repair options, give us a call.