I had a hair transplant 8 months ago, and the grafts are pitted. Can they be fixed?
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A bad hair transplant results are permanent and very difficult to fix. You cannot undo it. You may be able to hide the scarrin
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How do you solve pitted grafts?
There are two techniques to solve pitted grafts. Pitted grafts occur do to placement of the grafts below the surface of the skin. It is totally possible to avoid having pitted grafts if you do not bury the graft below the skin. Pitted grafts occur from poor surgical technique usually because the physician performing the procedure does not monitor the placement of the grafts by his assistants. The physician in charge should make sure that all the grafts are placed either slightly above the skin or even with the skin, but never buried.
The two ways to solve this problem are to either build new hair in front of the grafts or to remove the grafts. It is not easy to remove pitted grafts, but a skilled surgeon can do it. I have done it hundreds of times using techniques that I developed. I'm sure you can see some examples on my website. The method to remove the the pitted graft depends on how large the graft is. If it is a mini-graft, the graft should be cut out with a tiny scalpel. Then the wound should be sutured. If the graft is a follicular unit, the graft should be punched out using a FUE technique. Sutures are usually not necessary for this method. So the options are to remove the pitted grafts or to hide them with more grafts.
Pitting after a hair transplant
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