While there are a high number of success stories with hair transplants, there are also a number of bad hair transplants that can leave patients with both physical and mental scarring. There is nothing worse than building yourself up to go through the procedure, 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, who may have promised a certain level of results.
However, if you have been the victim of a bad hair transplant, whether this is through poor execution of the procedure or an out-dated procedure that didn’t deliver successful growth of hair, there are a number of ways that it can be fixed.
Help is available
At the Wimpole Clinic we specialise in trichology – the study and practice of cosmetic procedures for the hair and scalp – 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 patients 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 a 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. The first is camouflaging obvious grafts from previous transplants. Using micro grafts placed in front of larger existing grafts, it can work to camouflage unnatural looking hair plugs or old implants giving a more authentic hairline.
The other option is graft removal, where existing hair grafts are carefully removed, dissected and redistributed to gain a more natural looking hair transplant finish. With this procedure generally no new scalp donor areas need to be harvested and it can be used with the camouflaging procedure too.
Thirdly if you are self-conscious of linear scarring from previous FUT or plug-in style implants, then FUE can be used to hide the scar tissue and also won’t cause any further linear scarring when hair follicles are taken from the donor area.
If you’re suffering from a bad hair transplant, then let our experts at the Wimpole Clinic help you find the right solution for corrective treatment.