Correction of Poorly Done Hair Transplantation
Correction of a poorly done hair transplant is a complex procedure that requires experience. Hair transplantation not performed by a good hair surgeon causes patient dissatisfaction. Poor hair transplantation not only wears down the patient psychologically, but also causes financial and time loss.
Although the repair process is more difficult than the primary operation, it is possible to obtain satisfactory and natural results by an experienced hair surgeon.
Hair transplant repairs are as follows:
- Correction of Old Hair Transplantation
- FUT Scar Revision
Hair Transplant Repair
If you have had a bad hair transplant before and are not satisfied with the results, you may want to consider a second surgery to repair it.
- Hairline restoration
- Repair of donor area scar
- Increasing the density of hair
- Improving hair distribution
What are the causes of unnatural hair transplant results?
- Unnatural distribution of grafts
- Poor intensity
- Poor placement of the grafts causes the hair to point in the wrong direction.
- Old hair transplant techniques, eg. plugs and mini graft techniques
- Poorly designed thin lines (lines that are too low, too high, or asymmetrical)
- Excessive extraction of grafts with FUE causes visible scars
- Large FUT scars
Which techniques are used in hair transplant repair?
In order to prevent visible scars, the incision sites should be made with very fine tools. The punches used for graft removal with FUE should be a maximum of 1 mm. The incision angle of the grafts should be carefully determined to ensure that the results are natural and smooth. Recipient sites are prepared with lateral slits that will result in a fuller and denser appearance.
Graft excision: Grafts that are planted in the wrong places or in the wrong directions can be removed and re-implanted correctly. This is very useful for plug techniques, plugs are removable; grafts are cut from them and placed again in a natural distribution.
FUT scar revision: Grafts can be transplanted into the FUT scar along with scar excision to reduce the size of the scar. Laser resurfacing, fillers and dermabrasion procedures can be used to correct and prepare scar tissue before transplantation.
Fine line redesign: Can be done to correct irregular and asymmetrical fine lines. The perfection of the hairline design and frontal hair distribution play an important role for a good look.
Camouflage: For a soft, natural hairline, 1 and 2 follicular grafts are placed in the front, then larger 3 and 4 grafts are planted behind them.
Laser epilation: Hair follicles planted in the wrong place can be removed permanently with laser.
FUE: Grafts can be planted in areas with sparse density and traces.
Body Hair Transplantation: In case of insufficient donor supply, body hair can be used.
Scalp Micro-pigmentation: In cases with large bald areas or weak donors, scalp micro-pigmentation can be performed to give an impression of the presence of hair.
FUT scar repair
FUT scar repair is done to hide the scar caused by FUT hair transplantation. During FUT hair transplantation, grafts are removed from a thin strip of skin taken from the back and sides of the head and a linear scar remains. The strip should be thin enough so that the resulting scar is almost invisible. If a large strip is removed, a large scar that looks rather disturbing remains.
How is FUT scar repair done?
The grafts can be directly transplanted into the scar tissue using the FUE method to prevent further scarring on the patient’s scalp. Laser scar removal techniques, fillers and dermabrasion can be used before transplantation to flatten the scar tissue and prepare it for transplantation. The number of grafts transplanted varies depending on the size of the wound. Estimated graft survival rate in scar tissue is approximately 70%. Another way to fix the scar is wound excision. Here, the scar tissue is removed and stitched back using the trichophytic closure technique. This method is suitable for patients with elastic skin. This method can also be combined with FUE hair transplantation.
Can scar repair completely hide the FUT scar?
Yes, enough grafts transplanted into the wound can hide it completely. The fine scar that occurs in the case of scar excision is not visible with long hair.
How long does it take for FUT scar repair to heal?
It takes 2 weeks for the stitch to heal (in the case of scar excision) and 10 days for the planted area to heal completely (in the case of FUE).