Scarring alopecia is permanent, regardless of its origin. The hair follicles have been irreversibly destroyed and are replaced by a fibrous scar that makes the skin look smooth and shiny. One of the most effective and natural ways to hide scalp scars is to undergo a reconstructive hair transplant.
The advantages of a hair transplant
- Conceal the scars of the scalp in a natural and permanent way
- Suitable for both men and women
- Works on all hair types
- Indicated in cases of scarring alopecia
What is reconstructive hair transplant?
The purpose of reconstructive hair transplant is to correct scars resulting from an injury to the scalp or an inflammatory disease. Reconstructive hair transplants work on the same principle as traditional hair transplants: the surgeon extracts hair follicles from the donor area and grafts them onto the scarred area. Depending on the size of the scar, the surgeon may either use the FUT technique with long hair or the FUE technique (with or without shaving).
For which patients?
Hair transplants are recommended for all people who have scars on their scalp, whether they are caused by accidents, surgery, inflammation, infection or congenital diseases. This procedure can be performed on both men and women, whether they have flat or curly hair.
What are the results?
The effects of a hair transplant are definitive and natural. The first results are noticeable after 5 to 6 months, but you must wait a year to see the final results.
What happens during a reconstructive grafting session?
1st step: defining the receiving area
The surgeon determines with the patient the area where the new hair will be implanted. This allows the surgeon to calculate the number of grafts that need to be extracted.
2nd step: hair follicle extraction
The extraction method depends on the grafting technique chosen. For FUE grafts, the surgeon uses a circular micro-punch to extract the grafts. In some cases, the procedure may be preceded by shaving the entire area or a strip. For the long hair FUT technique, the surgeon removes a horizontal strip of scalp from the occipital area. In both cases, a local anaesthetic is used before the operation, making it completely painless.
3rd step: graft preparation
The grafts are immediately transferred to an enriched culture medium, both for FUE and FUT grafts with long hair. They are then sorted according to the number of hair per follicular unit.
4th step: graft implantation
A local anesthetic is injected into the receiving area. The grafts are then inserted into the scalp using a Choï implanter, a surgical tool that perforates the scalp while injecting the graft.
Reconstructive Hair Transplant FAQ
Is the transplanted hair permanent?
YES – They come from areas of the scalp that are not sensitive to the hormone that causes alopecia. Therefore, the transplanted hair will last for the entire life of the patient.
Is there a risk of rejection?
NO – Simply because the transplanted hair comes from the patient’s own scalp.
Is there any risk of pain during the procedure?
NO – All hair transplants are done under local anesthesia, so the procedure is completely painless for the patient.
Does reconstructive transplants leave scars?
YES – Hair transplants require extracting hair follicles from the scalp and this necessarily leaves marks. However, the scars are very discreet, regardless of the technique used. For FUT grafts with long hair, the result is a one millimeter wide line, which will be covered by hair. FUE grafts, on the other hand, leave circular scars, of less than one millimeter in diameter, that are even less noticeable.
Can I quickly return to my usual activities after a reconstructive transplant?
YES – Small scabs will form on the grafted area for about two weeks, but you will still be able to resume your social and professional activities the day after the procedure. However, you will have to wait three weeks before playing sports again.
YES AND NO – This will depend on the size of the scar. If your scarring alopecia affects most of your hair, you can always combine FUE and long hair FUT grafting to increase your donor area by 30%. If this is not enough, you can use reconstructive trichopigmentation to create more density. A hair system can also be considered for the most serious cases.
Will the results of my reconstructive grafting blend well with the rest of my hair?
YES – Hair harmony is the priority of the surgeon who will choose a high hair density per square centimeter while recreating, through the orientation of the implants, the natural and aesthetic movement of the hair.
YES – Reconstructive grafting is not recommended for patients who have low hair density in the donor area.