If I don’t require to have a lot of grafts placed on my scalp, and I want a strip surgery, can the doctor cut a small strip of hair, lets say, 3-4 inches in length so the linear scar is not big and doesn’t go from ear to ear?
My other question, if a person doesn’t require to many grafts placed on the scalp, why do the surgeons still cut a long strip that is from ear to ear?
This is one of the things the doctor should go over with you during a consultation. There are many patients who do this! Requiring a small number of grafts will give you a shorter scar. Some patients wait a year after their first small surgery for another small surgery, and they end up with a single short scar (replaced from the old). Many patients are not informed about this opportunity prior to coming to see me, but learn of the option during the first consultation. This is a part of the Master Plan we create with every patient.
On the flip side… if you want to have as many grafts as possible in one surgery, a larger scar is necessary to obtain the grafts needed.