I’m concerned that one of my donor scars is too high and that eventually it would show as well as the grafts taken from the area will die. I’ve had three procedures. The first was in 1997. I had 800 micro/mini grafts. Then in 1998, I had another 1000. This time the doctor seemed to place the incision in the donor area high. My third procedure was in 2007. I had 2000 FU’s placed. I think I’m a class 5 or 6 (not completely sure). During my last consultation before my procedure, the doctor told me that the scar from the previous procedure looked high.
It is 2″ above the bump at the base of my skull – about the height of my eyes and the top of my ears. I’m not sure if it was higher before my last procedure. Is it possible that it now appears a little lower given that 2000 FU’s were taken below it? Does this sound too high? Would hair mapping help me to know with greater certainty? If so, where can I go to have my hair mapped?
I appreciate your time in reading and responding to my question. I’ve read several of your blog comments, etc. and I’m considering using your services in the future.
Perhaps your donor scar is higher than normal, but this can be a normal thing as the doctor will make subtle judgment calls during the procedure. It may bother you cosmetically, but there is not much you can do other than to grow your hair long enough to cover the scar. From a long term point of view, if the donor hair was taken too high, it may not be in the area of permanent hair, in which case you risk losing the hair that was transplanted from that area.
You should start off with a good examination and consultation for a second opinion. That will address your concerns above. You must have a worst case scenario managed with a Master Plan for future hair loss, as you are suggesting in your questions. I don’t have a list of every doctor that will map your scalp, but you can find a transplant doctor in your area by using the physician search at ISHRS.org.