I had a hair plug transplant back in 1989 when I was in my mid-20s and desperately worried about going bald. My own hair is now thinning around where these were placed and they are beginning to show. I also have a scarring at the back of the head from the donor site. Is there any way back from this big mistake I made (the original treatment was for three sessions but I only had one after I realized fully what i had let myself in for). I’m now not bothered about being bald as such, so long as i can have a natural look. However, I am worried about these plugs (I did have electrolysis on them a few years back; is that the answer?). There is also the problem of the donor site. I can’t cut my hair short because the ‘holes’ would be exposed. Is a strand-by-strand hair transplant on a hair plug donor site possible? Is there any way of solving this??
Most of the tens of thousands of men who had these procedures prior to the early 90s are in exactly the same place you are in. We have developed techniques to fix these which I would recommend that you read in our publications in medical journals, particularly Art of Repair, Part 1 and Art of Repair, Part 2 . These articles and other material that can be seen on the NHI site have great illustrations of folks like you with similar problems. There are some wonderful solutions, but totally undoing the mistake may not be one of your options. If you are in California or near New York, we can arrange for you to be evaluated. Otherwise, look at the hair society website ISHRS.org for the names of doctors in your area that may be worth investigating. If you would like to send me photographs, I would be willing to give you an opinion. If you want to take me up on this, send photos and write to me at the email address on the Contact page.