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Horrible Transplant Scar!!!

Horrible Transplant Scar!!!

Postby gap2117 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:56 pm

Hello, I have a transplant scar that is almost an inch thick and wraps around my head before tapering off on the sides. I want this scar gone and I need a recommendation for a plastic surgeon with a ton of experience and a ton of success. I live in Los Angeles, but will travel. Please, I need help.
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Re: Horrible Transplant Scar!!!

Postby gap2117 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:57 pm

The scar is three years old by the way.
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Re: Horrible Transplant Scar!!!

Postby zebra » Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:38 am

Hi Gap

What is the scar from - a hair transplant? I have a wide ugly scar/bald patch on the back of my head from a bad FL where poor technique was used and the incision closed under tension. Lost alot of hair and it's permanent. As a result i can never wear my hair up or back - which i have done every day all my life.

I have travelled all the way to Cape Town a few months ago to consult 4 different surgeons (the poor work was done in UK and believe me, the bald patches are the least of my problems!).
Anyhow, i was told that the scar/bald patch could be excised and the skin stitched back together. However you need to be sure the right incision is used, that the incision is not closed under tension, and that your scalp has finished stretching/scarring, which i'm sure yours has.
I'm sure you can find a skilled surgeon in US who can do this for you. My advice would be to avoid the UK at all costs.
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Re: Horrible Transplant Scar!!!

Postby gap2117 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:00 am

Hey Zebra, thanks for the feedback. My transplant is almost non-existent, which I don't really care about, but the scar is enormous. I was told the same thing here in LA, but I really want to go to someone that has a lot of experience with scars. I was told that it will never be hair thin, but I want it as close to that as possible. Looking back I'd never have the HT if I knew it would lead to this, but I guess hindsight is 20/20. Are you gong to get it done?
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Re: Horrible Transplant Scar!!!

Postby frankwest12345 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:06 am

It will be a two step procedure. Closing up the scar as much as possible, depending on scalp tension (there are exercises you can do to loosen the scalp a bit). And then using FUE (folicular unit extraction) to take individual hairs from one area (can be from your body) to fill in what is left of the scar after it has been cut and closed up and healed. I had an approx 3mm scar from an old hair transplant and the new transplant guy took hair from around this area for the final transplant and closed it up using the latest techniques (the skin is cut at an angle so it overlaps, allowing to hair grow through it) and I can't find any scar now - does not help you but this is what you should expect from a modern transplant. I would sue the surgeon who left you with that scar, BTW, you would not get such a thing even in an emergency situation at a public hospital (ie if someone hit you with a metal bar on the back of the head and opened up a wound).
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