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What is a corrective hair transplant surgery?

While many people opt for a hair transplant procedure, be it Follicular Unit Extraction or Follicular Unit Transplant, not all of them come out happy or fully satisfied after the treatment. It is fairly common for people to be let down by a low-cost procedure or lured by advertisements into making a wrong choice. People can, therefore, be dissatisfied for a variety of reasons – it could be with the results of the transplant not being highly successful or some complication that has arisen from the initial procedure. In such scenarios, a corrective hair transplant also known as revision surgery is performed to treat these hair loss patients. Corrective hair transplant surgery is therefore performed to rectify the poor results of the previous transplant surgery.

Reasons for bad hair transplant

Let’s look at various factors that make hair transplants an unpleasant experience for some people.

  • The desire for natural looks : Nobody ideally wants the world to know that they have re-grown hair on their bald patch by a surgery. Rather, people prefer to keep it to themselves to have gone through any hair transplantation. That’s why one of the common reasons why men and women opt for corrective hair transplantation is to attain a more natural look.
  • A clinic with outdated machinery : Hair restoration techniques are much more advanced today than they were several years ago. Therefore, it is fairly common for people to feel disheartened when they realize that the same operation today could have yielded better results for their hair loss issue. In order to leverage on the advancement in the field of hair restoration, many such people decide to redo the transplantation via a corrective surgery.
  • Low-skilled surgeons : By now you must have realized that the hair transplantation method requires an ample amount of skill and expertise from the surgeon who is performing it. The task of picking a graft from the donor area, separating hair follicles and even implantation is quite challenging. If not done by an experienced surgeon, it often leads to unwanted complications such as hair plugs or scars. Hence, it pushes people to consider the option for revision surgery.
  • Scalp reduction : This is rather an outdated method of transplantation where an area of the scalp is removed from the back of your head and the hair-bearing area is sewn closed. This often leads to side effects such as scarring, infection and inflammation of the donor area.
  • Corrective hair transplant treatments

    There are many modern ways to treat complications from your poorly-done hair transplants.

    1. Fixing the scars – As we have seen, with traditional hair transplants requiring the part of the scalp area to be removed for grafting, it often leads to several scars in the donor area. That’s why the FUE method is more popular now where individual hair follicles are grafted from the donor area and later implanted into the recipient, carefully with the help of a needle or scalpel.
    2. SMP or Scalp micropigmentation – If you are suffering from common pattern baldness or scarring alopecias, you can consider getting inked with this cosmetic tattoo called SMP. You read that right – scalp micropigmentation can help you cover up your bald patch by creating a contrast between the scalp and the hair colour. It creates the appearance of a close shave over the area and gives you a natural look.
    3. Other modern techniques include Graft excision (using FUE to fill large holes and cover scar tissue), Hair camouflaging (inserting micrografts in front & later camouflaging the larger grafts with them) and Combined repair (grafts that cannot be camouflaged are removed for better results).

    Hair transplant procedures have come a long way with several advances in the field such as the latest machinery, the grafting and implantation method and the surgery overall. It is likely to continue evolving in the years to come. While you may have already gone through a hair transplant, it is better to research thoroughly about the corrective surgery before going through the same. This will give you a clear idea about what to expect and the nature of the procedure beforehand.

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