Another surgical procedure designed to reduce the amount of bald skin on the head is scalp reconstruction, often done in conjunction with hair transplants. Scalp reduction is a procedure which involves the removal of bald skin from the top of the head and is particularly well-suited for those with extensive hair loss. This procedure may reduce significantly the number of donor grafts needed to cover the area.
As with hair transplants, a local anesthetic is given and an incision is made, usually on the top center of the head, from the front to the back. Skin is loosened from the underlying tissue and excess skin is removed. The remaining skin on both sides is stretched gently over the midline area and the edges are sutured together. These sutures are removed in seven to ten days. Any discomfort or headache due to the incision is controlled with oral medication. A mild tightness of the scalp may be felt for one or two weeks following surgery.
Scalp reduction surgery
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Please note that plastic surgery results can vary for different patients. Every patient is a unique individual and every surgery has unique aspects. Therefore no two surgical procedures will get the exact same results - even if patients are fairly similar and even if the procedures are performed by the same Plastic Surgeon.