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Can Hair Transplant Surgery be Performed on Scar Tissue?

2/22/2012 2:40:20 AM

Question:

I had a deep wound down to my skull (part of my skull was exposed). When skin grew back in, it didn't grow hair follicles. I keep seeing information on hair transplants for balding people but I am not balding. I have searched all over the internet and can't find an answer to this question. Can hair follicles be implanted in a healed wound or new skin with no follicles?

Answer:

It is sometimes possible to successfully transplant hair into scar tissue from a healed wound. This will depend on the individual patient’s physiology and the nature of the wound itself. The most important factor here is blood supply. Blood supply in scar tissue is generally less than in normal tissue. Scar tissue is also less elastic than normal tissue and this can lead to the follicles becoming dislodged.

While I do not have examples of transplants on accident victims with lacerations, here are two successful hair restoration surgeries on burn victims with extensive scarring:

Dr. Hasson Patient/Burn Victim/2142 Grafts/One Session/11 Months

Reconstructive hair surgery on a 11-year-old burn victim – 3055 FU in 2 procedures

If you are interested in hair transplant surgery, I recommend that you consult our list of prescreened quality hair restoration physicians and schedule a free online consultation.

David (TakingThePlunge) Forum Co-Moderator and Editorial Assistant for the Hair Restoration Forum and Social Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q&A Blog.

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