Any man or woman suffering from hair loss would jump at the opportunity to have a hair restoration procedure done given the chance. There are a variety of hair restoration techniques available on the market. The cost associated with these procedures means some people must use a significant proportion of their savings to pay for it. As the industry evolves, there are some outdated procedures or those with less successful outcomes which some doctors still offer. These procedures may be offered at reduced rates or the practitioners offering them may not be fully qualified. Below we list them and briefly explain why it’s best you avoid them.
Free-form flap procedure
This is one of the very early hair restoration procedures and involves cutting a flap of hair bearing skin from the sides of the head. The cut flaps retain their blood supply and are then sewn on to the surgically prepared bald areas. This is a highly-specialized procedure but the outcomes are not great due to the following:
- High risk of flap necrosis (the hair bearing flap dies) and begins to rot.
- Level of surgical expertise the procedure requires.
- The alteration of the scalp line may impact aesthetic appearance.
More advanced techniques are now available, such as a hair transplant, and so very few specialists now offer this procedure.
Hair grafting procedures
The precursor to modern hair transplant procedures, linear, round or square hair grafts are one of the procedures to avoid. Just like skin grafting where skin is harvested from one area to be used in an area injured in a fire or accident, hair grafting is similar. Linear, round or square sections of healthy skin and hair are surgically removed from areas of the scalp and grafted onto surgically prepared bald areas.
The last procedure we’ll briefly discuss is called scalp reduction. Also, called alopecia reduction or male pattern reduction, the procedure involves cutting away the bald area of the scalp. The skin with the hair is then folded over and stitched together. The impact of this procedure may be immediate or can be felt later in life. Common outcomes of the procedure include the following:
- Reaction to the sutures leading to skin irritation and sometimes pain.
- Infection as a risk in any surgical procedure.
- Increased rate of hair loss.
Vinci Hair Clinic offers modern hair restoration solutions in state of the art clinics, carried out by specialists. Read the treatment pages to find out more about the range of treatments on offer for men and women.