Correcting Old Hair Transplants

Correction d'anciennes greffes
There is a now a way to bring about an improvement for patients who, many years ago, may have undergone one or two hair-transplant sessions with the old dermal-punch process, leaving them with an unattractive “doll’s hair” or cornrow look.
The micro transplant hair-replacement technique can use smaller grafts to camouflage the larger tufts of hair disfiguring their scalp

Though we should not judge the way things were done in the past, it must be admitted that, aesthetically, the results obtained with old hair-transplant methods left a lot to be desired. Given the technique in use at the time, better outcomes could hardly be expected.

First, plugs were taken from the scalp at the back of the head with a dermal punch. Then they were transplanted to the bald area.

The grafts were inserted in parallel rows, so the results looked more like doll’s hair or cornrows and were not particularly convincing or aesthetically acceptable.

Since the process advanced in stages with only a small number of grafts transplanted at a time, many patients grew discouraged after one or two sessions and discontinued treatment. However, as the hair grew denser, the large grafts became less visible, and a completed hair-transplantation program could well turn out to be more attractive.

Unfortunately, because they had stopped their sessions, many patients were left with a scalp showing the signs both of evident grafts and of the normal progress of hair loss.

Correcting Old Hair Transplants with Microtransplantation technques

There is a now a way to bring about an improvement for patients who, a few years ago, may have undergone one or two hair-transplant sessions with the old dermal-punch process, leaving them with an unattractive “doll’s hair” or cornrow look.

The microtransplant hair-replacement technique can use smaller grafts to camouflage the larger tufts of hair disfiguring their scalp. The procedure is the same as in a regular hair transplant, except that the grafts are inserted around the old ones so that they all merge together.

The largest grafts can even be extracted with a punch, recovered, divided into smaller pieces, and then transplanted in accordance with more modern methods. This technique saves hair that is perfectly viable and greatly improves its appearance.