I had an old fashion hair transplant using the large plug method. Now, I would like to cut my hair short (or shave my head). The plugs on the top of my head are virtually undetectable. I can probably have a laser treatment to completely hide them. No hair really grew anyway. But here is the real question, how do I get rid of the .75 inch high by 4 inch long rows of plugs where the donor area exists? I have spoken to several surgeons and have been told things from FUE to simply cutting around the entire area and sewing it back together. I am no surgeon, but cutting the area out and sewing it back together just seems like a waste of good tissue and hair follicles. Why can’t a surgeon simply re-cut the existing holes and sew them back together leaving the surrounding skin and hair intact. This is similar to the way he/she would do it if removing plugs on the top area of someone’s head? Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated.
There is an art to managing this problem and we published the various methods of repair in distinguished medical journals in the 1990s. One way, when the hairline is too low, is to remove the frontal hairline surgically — and then re-transplant it with modern techniques. This approach leaves minimal scarring and what scar may be developed is completely covered by the hair transplant. Another approach is to remove the big plugs one at a time. Using FUE, we can often just thin the plugs.
As you indicated you’re in the Los Angeles area, you should come in for a free consultation and then allow us to make a recommendation. Also, see past posts about Repair, many of which are about fixing old plugs.