Hair Transplant Repair-
Hair transplant repair is a mainstay of any successful surgical hair restoration practice. Have you had old pluggy transplants in the past and just an unnatural look overall ? A hair transplant repair may be the way to go. Read this story and learn how one patient was saved using repair techniques.
This patient of Dr. Griffin visited the office feeling his hairline did not look natural and that there just wasn’t enough volume of hair overall. His observations could not be more correct.
During consultation Dr. Griffin learned that the patient had received an old style hair transplant years before when he had more of his own hair, but since losing that hair the old style hair transplants became more and more obvious by standing out as thin and pluggy. A hair transplant repair is just what the doctor ordered.
If you look at the picture on the left you can see how he looked during his initial visit. Notice how the hairline looks clumpy. This is due to two things: The first is that each graft that was used in the hairline during his first procedure (elsewhere) contained too many hairs each. Rather than containing only one hair per graft (a follicular unit), these contained anywhere from 5 to 9 hairs per graft (a plug). The second is the large amount of spacing BETWEEN plugs.
Also, if you look just behind the pluggy hairline the patient lost any native hair he had at the time of his prior procedures. Obviously, when he had his original hair behind the plugs the hairline didn’t look as bad because it could blend into them. But since losing that hair the plugs became ever more obvious.
So how to treat this extremely unnatural state of affairs?
Dr. Griffin knew he had to do two things. The first was to somehow soften the hairline and fill in the spaces between the plugs. The second was to thicken up the area just behind. However, instead of trying to use a few old time plugs as the original doctor did, Dr. Griffin chose to use true follicular units (FUs) which were produced by removing a strip of skin from the back of the head and having his team of technicians divide the tissue down under magnification. Then, by densely packing only single hair grafts in front of and between the old plugs he was able to soften the hairline tremendously. After that he packed in 2-4 hair follicular units just behind the hairline to fill in that rather large and unnatural space.
In the photo to the right you can see how it looked all grown out. Notice that by using one hair follicular units the hairline no longer looks clumpy, but rather a bit thin. And as you look deeper behind the hairline the over all appearance is that the hair is getting thicker and thicker-which is exactly what you would expect from someone who was NOT going bald.
The best part is that he will likely never look unnatural or bald again. Because the new hairs came from the back of the head they are resistant to falling out so he will likely have this new growing hair and enviable hairline for the rest of his days.
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