Dr. Rassman, you won’t believe this. Maybe you will. I have had I guess 7 scalp reductions. Brandy did a lateral with that Y incision, but not a scalp lift, per se. Marzola, Stough, all did a couple of procedures. I saw my scalp under bright lights (the last thing one wants as that is very unforgiving) on a big screen last night and was shocked by the 1 inch by three inch or so bald thin area in the midline. Dr. Hitzig performed two large midline graft sessions around 1999 or 2000, fixing the scar but the density leaves something to be desired. I see you mentioned Dr. Frechet of Frechet extender fame I imagine in a response to a patient. Some sort of triple flap procedure. I have some donor left but can’t get over my lack of crown density despite a large number of grafts. I know Dr. Hitzig always grafted the midline before reducing a scalp. Do grafts just not grow after reductions, especially that many reductions? I could emply better styling but I wish I had followed the late C.P. Chamber’s advice and avoided reductions altogether. He knew what he was talking about. It sounds like there is no practical fix at any price.
Your case is complex. I have no idea what densities you have or the extent of your scar and wound defect. Most people who’ve had 7 scalp reductions are left with a slot deformity. I would like to see some good pictures of your scalp from the front, top, sides, and back. I am sure that you know that scalp reduction is no longer the standard of care today, because they do not work. I have seen men who had up to 16 scalp reduction surgeries and the last ones never really accomplished anything. I wonder about your 7th procedure and what you were trying to accomplish that the prior 6 have not.
It is best to be examined carefully by an expert and then see what your needs are. Patients should make a list of priorities and then try to work down the list. Patients who have had so many procedures never really get too far down that list, so be realistic.
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