When you’re desperate for a cure, there is nothing you won’t do to find it. Such is the predicament of those who are affected by hair loss. And why wouldn’t they do everything they could? The unwanted attention and cruel side remarks are enough to break even the strongest resolve. So when a medical doctor presents a solution claiming to be able to bring back their precious locks, a lot of patients take it seriously and immediately try it out.
Against their expectations, the results sometimes turn out to be disappointing and make the balding more obvious instead of hiding it or curing it permanently. Fortunately, most cases of botched hair transplants can be corrected by a certified hair transplant surgeon – but it comes at a price. So, before making any more mistakes and aggravating your hair loss, below are some important points that one must know before finding the fix for that botched hair transplant.
How to Avoid a Botched Hair Transplant
Before making these life-changing decisions, it would be extremely important to know exactly what you are about to do. Not everyone can be a good candidate for this procedure, as there are certain factors that an ethical hair transplant surgeon must consider. Some of the points you need to remember are the following:
It’s Too Good to be True
The market for hair transplant has rapidly increased and a lot of practitioners, professional or otherwise, have taken advantage of the situation and offered the service to desperate patients. However, some practitioners aggressively market their service even without the capability to provide what they promise. So, be very discerning and do the proper research to know as much as you can about your provider. If the offer they give is uncommonly low-priced and over-promising, then this should raise a clear red flag.
Experience Counts, but Aesthetics is Key
It is important that your chosen surgeon’s practice has spanned a number of years. But quantity should never be considered over the quality. You can check before and after pictures to see if the surgical aesthetics of the surgeon is something you are amenable to.
A Good Surgeon is Nothing with a Bad Team
Aside from the qualifications of the surgeon himself, you should also check the qualifications of his assistants, nurses, and even the clinic or hospital that he is affiliated with. All these play significant roles in the success of the operation and should also be properly scrutinized for possible liabilities in the future.
Repairing a Botched Hair Transplant
Because the aim is to reverse the effects of a botched hair transplant, there is a need to pay a lot more attention to it and it should be meticulously done on the patient. The good news is that with the right technique, most cases end up with happy endings.
For all of this to happen, the scope of the damage should be properly assessed to determine the best approach for the patient. Miscalculating this step can significantly worsen the condition and even make the damage permanent in some isolated cases. Here are some of the most common cases of botched hair transplants and tips on what can be done to reverse them.
Hiding the Pluggy Grafts with Camouflaging
Poorly done transplants often make the transplanted hair look “pluggy,” which makes any attempt at concealing the hair loss a failure. The good part about it is that not all the said grafts need to be removed or re-distributed. With the “camouflaging” technique, the strange-looking grafts are subtly hidden by placing the smaller follicular units right in front of the “pluggy”-looking grafts. By doing this, the “pluggy” appearance is reduced and a more natural look is achieved.
Micro Excisional Graft Removal
Nowadays, the process called micro excisional graft removal is fast becoming a popular option because it has a very straightforward objective, which is to remove, divide, and re-distribute hair grafts that are out of place. So, after removing the badly placed grafts, they are made smaller, and re-distributed for a more natural look.
This procedure requires particular care because if done incorrectly, the follicular units can be damaged. Another advantage of this method is that it does not require additional donor area hair removal.
FUE for Camouflaging Scars
The scars in the donor area can only worsen a botched appearance. An example would be the widening of the scar as time goes by. Those who prefer short hairstyles would have to worry since the linear scar at the back will be visible.
For the said cases, a corrective follicular unit extraction (FUE) can be done to minimize the unflattering appearance of the scar on the donor area. This approach involves the direct implantation of the new donor hair into the scar and the scalp that surrounds the scar in some rare cases. By doing this, the newly implanted hairs help conceal the appearance of the donor scar. To prevent new linear scars from being created, a punch instrument is used to extract the follicular units.
With the advancement of technology in the field of hair transplantation, the new techniques are now capable of copying the direction and distribution of hairs. This is particularly true with the identification of the naturally-occurring small groups of hair, otherwise known as follicular units. Such a development has become instrumental in advancing almost all hair restoration procedures that are currently used in the market. Aside from being able to mimic the appearance of natural hair, the surgeons are also equipped to take care of the ugly grafts and scars.
After identifying the right approach for the botched hair transplant, it is crucial for the skills of the surgeon to be up to par with the approach that he has to handle. Unfortunately, there is a limited number of physicians that can actually provide this service with the quality that you need. Be more stringent this time in picking your surgeon. You do not want another mistake on top of the first, especially when you are dealing with limited resources.
Choosing the right hair transplant surgeon is key to getting your hair restoration solution right. Dr. Tyng Tan’s Aesthetics and Hair Clinic is one of the hair transplant clinics in Singapore you can consider. Dr. Tan is certified to perform FUE hair transplant, having been trained by FUE pioneer Dr. John Cole.