Corrective Hair Transplants Dallas
A good hair transplant result is undetectable not only to another viewer but to another hair-transplant surgeon. There are many reasons for a hair transplant to look unnatural and require a corrective procedure. Sometimes, it can be due to the use of old technology, progression of hair loss, or poor technique. For example, large round “plugs”, scalp reductions, and/or flaps were the procedure of choice in the past but with the progression of hair loss their results became unnatural. Sometimes the transplanted area looks unnatural and sometimes the donor area is left with wide scars and at times unnatural hair patterns that may be difficult to correct. Even though plugs and large reductions may not be performed anymore, the results of hair transplants can still look unnatural.
This patient had plugs transplanted into his crown in his late twenties. As his hair loss progressed, the plugs became exposed and made his crown look very unnatural. The photos show him before and after corrective hair transplant.
If an inexperienced surgeon designs an unnatural hairline shape, the patient will have a result that is unsatisfactory to the eye. If the hairline is not meticulously created in a way that is consistent with a natural hair pattern, it can still look pluggy, too straight, or unnatural for a number of reasons. If the hair-loss pattern does not match one that exists in nature (following the Norwood-Hamilton Scale) and even slightly deviates from this pattern, the result may not look natural to one’s eye but the viewer will not be able to articulate why that is the case.
Finally, if the assistant team does not place the right graft into the right-sized recipient site with the right hair-curl direction at the right depth with minimal manipulation and trauma, the result can be unnatural due to kinkiness, poor growth, hairstyling difficulties, etc.
The first step of a corrective hair transplant is to determine what is wrong and secondly what can be done to correct the transplant. Sometimes larger plugs or poorly placed grafts can easily be covered in the front with better grafts (a process known as “de-emphasis grafting”) and make the previous result almost entirely invisible. At other times, the grafts simply are poorly positioned in an area where only naked scalp should be (like in the forehead), and these grafts must be removed and recycled (i.e., placed back elsewhere in the scalp). In many cases, the corrective hair transplant requires extensive judgment and experience, which Dr. Lam has. In addition, Dr. Lam will evaluate the type and extent of aesthetic deformity as well as the donor-hair capacity, and create a very thoughtful creative plan that is the best solution for you. A thorough consultation with Dr. Lam will help you decide what would be the best strategy suited for you. Please visit Dr. Lam’s corrective hair transplant photo gallery to see some examples of his corrective hair transplant results and how he achieved the correction.
This patient is shown with poor density with poor angles of transplanted hair and underwent correction with a higher quality hair transplant procedure.
For those who wear a hairpiece/hair system but would like to look more natural, hair transplant may be a good solution. Depending on the individual’s donor area and the extent of the baldness, Dr. Lam may recommend one or several hair transplant procedures to help exit theuse of a hair system. Alternatively, in an individual who does not have sufficient donor hair to cover the entire balding area, Dr. Lam may recommend keeping the hair system but transplanting only targeted areas, such as the hairline or the temporal points in order to make a hair system appear much more natural.
This patient must wear his hair system down to cover the exposed temple (left image) but after temple hair transplant (right image)his hair system can be styled more naturally and freely.”The temporal point refers to the triangular shape of hair that extends outward, as shown in the illustration from Dr. Lam’s textbook.
The temple is a very difficult area to do well and should not be undertaken by an inexperienced hair-transplant surgical team. With a beautiful hair transplant in the temple, however, the face can be very well framed and the hair system appear more natural. Whatever your desire regarding your hair system, whether it is a surgical complement to it or a surgical replacement of it, Dr. Lam and his team can provide a solution for you based on your anatomic limitations and aesthetic desires.