Some hair restoration patients may only need one surgery in their lifetime. However, it is more common for individuals to undergo additional procedures. Subsequent operations may be needed for repairing unwanted outcomes. But they may also be conducted to touch up sparse areas that could develop among the patient’s natural hairs.
The actual number of operations needed can sometimes be estimated in advance. This may be the case for some younger patients who are still in the process of losing hair at a rapid rate. It is often possible to let them know ahead of time that they will need additional procedures.
However, if the surgeon does not possess ideal experience, errors may occur to the patient’s surprise. And the need for additional surgery will be something that was completely unanticipated.
Hair Restoration Repair
Hair restoration repair surgery is often chosen for the following types of cases:
- poor growth
- graft insertion mistakes
- highly visible scars
Some patients will find that their grafts were not able to survive long term. So they continue to struggle with the appearance of hair loss following their procedure.
Others may have follicles that were inserted at incorrect angles. Therefore, hair may stick straight up or point in the wrong directions. Or the doctor may have used hair from thicker regions which created an unnatural looking result.
The use of scalpels or large sized punches will leave noticeable scarring. This will look even more apparent when the expected growth did not take place.
Touch Up Procedures
Native hair (i.e. natural and non-inserted) will most likely continue to shed. These follicles will have sensitive protein receptors which respond through miniaturization to the presence of DHT (dehydrotestosterone).
Therefore, after a hair restoration surgery, the presence of DHT may continue to cause hair loss beyond the recipient region.
Areas of sparse, low density may develop as a result. Or empty gaps can manifest. However, these can be touched up through additional surgery.
Choose the Right Hair Restoration Surgeon
Avoiding the need for unnecessary hair restoration repair starts when the patient is choosing a highly experienced service provider.
Priority should be placed on finding images of successful results. Ideally, this should be in the form of ten or more patient cases which visually depict solid growth, quality aesthetics and coverage of any scars.
Even more so than photos, videos help convey an even greater extent of information. Through the presence of testimonies, viewers can get a sense of whether or not the featured patient was able to have their goals met or exceeded through their hair restoration.
Manage Hair Loss Through Smart Choices
Although touch up procedures can be an option for adding density to sparse areas, patients may want to manage and control the rate of their hair loss.
This can be achieved with the help of medications. However, Dr. U warns that all drugs are associated with the risk of side effects. Therefore, patients may want to consider the use of natural treatment ingredients whose effects are supported by research studies.
Although genetics is usually the main culprit, the rate of hair loss is often influenced by environmental factors. Therefore, adopting healthy habits through diet and exercise can help minimize the rate of loss. Quitting cigarettes and even alcohol is also likely to help reduce thinning and balding as well.
Dr. Sanusi Umar is a pioneer in hair transplant surgery and is widely published and recognized in his field. Dr. Umar is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and the founder of DermHair Clinic in Los Angeles, CA.