This is the result of surgery after a car accident. I have no feeling, nerves, hair follicles, etc. in this area. Area is approx. 6.5" x 1-3.5". I am 66 and my natural hair is thinning more and more, would you recommend this surgery? Also, would I be a candidate for surgery at any medical education institute that you are aware of? I assume it is quite expensive. Thank you in advance for your opinion and comments. Sincerely.
Scalp Reduction Surgery. (photo)
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Large scalp hair fefect
Scalp scar reduction with hair transplant
Remember, perfect is the enemy of good
With a scar like that I imagine your injuries may have been life threatening, so considering the possible outcomes you look very good. You will likely always have a large scar there, but there are certainly steps that can be taken to make it less noticeable. Step one, keep the hair you have. Discuss changes that you can make including the possible addition of medications to stop your active hair loss with your primary care provider. Once you have done everything possible to stabilize your current hair you should see a surgeon to discuss a scar revision. You will need your medical records so it can be determined if there was any damage to the underlying bone. A removing some of the scar may be possible, but it is likely that it can not all be removed at once. Serial excision, or removing it a little at time, or tissue expanders are options, but these require multiple surgeries. I think there is a good chance that after part of the scar is removed it will be small enough that you won't notice it as much. Removing all of the scar may also make your forehead appear higher. You can also consider hair transplants, but if the hairless area is too scarred or thin the hairs may not survive the transplant. Your surgeon will be able to help with these decisions. Good luck on your road to recovery. Bryan Rolfes, MD
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