I had scalp reductions many years ago, about 7 such surgeries. I have this long narrow straight defect in my head that looks crazy from the back. Many people think that I had brain surgery and ask me about my brain operation. Can this be fixed?
Thousands of men have had the bald spots of the scalp removed in a procedure called a scalp reduction. There was a naÃ¯ve view by many doctors that bald areas could simply be excised surgically. When this was attempted, the surgeon might be able to remove about 1 inch per procedure and therefore some patients would have many procedures done to tackle extensive balding of the â€˜Top and Crown’ that might be as much as 7 inches wide. What the patient found out, however, was that after 7 surgical procedures, they might have only reduced the bald area by 3 inches or so. The match did not add up.
That meant that the bald areas came back by stretching (“stretch-back” was the term used), and the patient was subjected to a never ending battle to remove all of the bald spot. Rarely was this ever successful for any large bald spot, but what was successful was the appearance of a slot in the back of the excision area which joined the two sides of hair that normally was on the side of the head, growing towards the ears. It was like a aprt in the middle of the head with a bald slot in the center of this slot that often measured 1/2 inch wide or so. This abnormal hair direction moved to the top of the head accentuating the slot deformity that appeared.
There have been many attempts to get this fixed, but only one surgery really works well. It is a triple flap procedure where scalp is moved around on the two sides of the slot. The hair direction is changed. The scalp reductions themselves are well exemplified in this article by Dr. Patrick Frechet, where the slot deformity as well as Dr. Frechet’s newer methods to remove the bald areas are shown.
You might want to go to France and consider having him do the surgery, as he is one of the few doctors world-wide that can achieve consistent results from this surgery with minimal risk of scalp necrosis (a common problem in inexperienced hands).
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