I had a hair transplant in my crown area about 4 years ago. Although medically it was a success, cosmetically it did not adequately cover the bald spot and the bald spot is still obvious. I was fed up and tried shaving my head bald. This left the transplant scar clearly visible. The hair has grown back but I am now back to square one. I am not sure what to do. I think my options are to a) have more transplants in the crown, b) have hair transplants in the scar area and cut my hair short, or c) treat the scar. Are these my only options or are there other options. What would you recommend? I now feel I am in a catch-22, because I cannot cut my hair short, and I have noticeable hair loss.
You probably didn’t get good counseling and were not given realistic expectations. Without seeing you, I can’t really give an opinion, as I do not know how “bald” you are. People have different views and I would need to see what you mean. Its all perspective. I could let you look at my (Rassman) transplanted crown and use my results as a yardstick of your expectations. If you have enough donor hair, you might be able to have more transplants to fill out the area.
Generally, it is very difficult to completely cover the bald spot on top of your head. Not because it is technically difficult, but because you might not have enough donor hair. You can transplant hair to the scar, but you will always have the scar there, although less visible. You can do a scar revision and this time the surgeon can use a trichophytic closure to hopefully make the scar even harder to detect (almost normal, but possibly not enough to shave your head). Another potential possibility is to use the FUE technique to extract hairs one-by-one and place them into the linear scar. Again, I can’t tell you what is actually possible without an exam first. For your crown, there are products like Toppik which work nicely to camouflage the area.