Dear Dr. I am a 24 year old female who recieved a chemical burn on my scalp when I went to get my hair highlighted at a salon. This was in March 2007. It has been over 5 months now and the skin is now flat, shiny and a bit pink in color. There is no hair growing. The bald spot is about 2″ long by .75″ wide on the upper part of my head towards the center-right. I went to see a dermatologist and he said a scar had formed over the area where I was burned and my only options were scalp reduction or hair transplant. My question is will hair successfully grow back on the scar if I decide to do hair grafting?
It is unlikely that if the hair was ‘killed’ that it will return. Thin, shiny skin you see 5 months after a burn to the scalp probably reflects a ‘kill’ of the hair in the scarred area. If that is the case, you need to see a good hair transplant surgeon. Scalp reductions are generally frowned upon today. As you are in the Los Angeles area, I invite you to call my office at 800-NEW-HAIR to setup a free consultation.