I have lived With my nightmare Freaky hair transplant look too long, what can I do about it? Can you help me?
This patient would not allow me to show his pictures, but I will tell you in general what his “freaky” hair looked like. He had four scalp reductions (removal of bald scalp from the crown of the head) which left a scar down the middle of his head, and he had 4 partly failed transplants creating the old doll’s head look. Between all of these procedure, his entire donor area (except for one area high in the donor area that might still provide for hair for another hair transplant – perhaps not the best option). You can see through the hair on the back of his head and he looks like a cancer survivor despite his good health. This surgery was done over 20 years ago by a Los Angeles surgeon known to the professional community for this type of terrible work, but not known by his victims. The patient was in his early 20s back then and wanted to believe in the doctor and after many surgeries there was a progressive loss of trust. His hairline was placed an inch too far above its normal position, so he even looked worse.
My job was to assess his situation, communicate realistic (not idealistic) possibilities clearly to him and then recommend a possible treatment for him – if one was possible or agreeable to the patient. Many patients like this have few options and the 8 previous surgeries and all of the deformities that were created, left him mistrusting all doctors with few options. None of the options would bring him back to being completely normal without sacrificing certain styling options. Some of these options were:
1- Shaving his head and having Scalp Micropigmentation done, This is a reasonable option if he can put up with a shaved head and many people in his situation select this option. For an example of a result he might expect, go to scalpmicropigment.com and see patient 161 who has deformities in the back of his head similar to this patient. His after pictures show camouflage of these deformities but the deformities and scarring will still be there on close inspection.
2- Fortunately, I believe that he has enough hair that I can still harvest to recreate his frontal hairline with hair transplants. Then he can then have SMP done to cover the massive scars on the back of his head and cover the scars in the front, top and crown of the head. A good frontal hairline will allow him to let all of his hair grow out and style it once the new frontal hairline is created. SMP will help to minimize the look of thinning and scarring.
I have literally seen thousands of patients like this over the past 24 years, and helped many of them. By helping I do not mean making the deformities go away, but with good styling and some surgeries, at times, a much improved look is very feasible. Since Scalp Micropigmentation has been available in our practice, we have been able to create amazing improvements in patients like this. I think that we have done more of these types of repairs than any medical group in the world today.