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Solutions To Scalp Scarring

Scalp scarring is usually the cause of some injury obtained on the scalp. This might include anything from healed head injuries, traces of previous surgery, scarring as a result of burns and a variety of other causes. In that sense, scalp scarring is also largely different from many other forms of hair loss which is usually experienced as a result of follicle sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone. Subsequently, the treatment of scalp scarring may require a variation of mild of surgeries, depending on which route you take. Let’s explore a couple of options.

Tissue expansion basically implicates stretching the skin, thereby stimulating growth of new skin in the area where scalp scarring occurred. This is done by inserting a small balloon, also called an expander under the skin of the scalp. This little balloon is slowly inflated with a saline solution, usually over a period that can last up to 10 or 12 weeks, which results in the stretching of the skin and thus decreasing the visibility of the area where scalp scarring occurred.

Hair transplantation is a process in which hair from the sides or back of the head is relocated to the areas where scalp scarring occurred. This process is performed by taking small grafts from healthy areas on the scalp and inserting them into tiny surgically created cuts on the affected area. This area of hair restoration has seen significant improvements in recent years and has developed to such a degree that it is able to mimic natural hair quite effectively. It is a technique that has enjoyed rising popularity among people affected with scalp scarring as well as those that suffer from hair thinning and baldness.

Scalp Flap Surgery is a process in which one area of the scalp as well as the underlying tissue is relocated to the area where scalp scarring occurred where hair follicles are either damaged or dead. This type of surgery is applicable in cases related where the aesthetic appearance is to be improved as well as areas where the skin has suffered certain forms of severe trauma. Scalp flap surgery involves the use of one of two kinds of flaps:

  1. Pedicle flaps are skin flaps harvested from a donor site with a small pedicle of tissue still attached. This pedicle of tissue contains the flap and underlying tissues’ artery-vein blood supply.
  2. Free flaps are skin flaps without the pedicle of tissue that contain the artery-vein bloody supply. This type of tissue must have the arteries and veins necessary to reattach it at the target site using micro vascular surgery.

Scalp Reduction is another process to alleviate the effects of scalp scarring. This process basically involves removing the affected area and then stretching the skin upward. This process may be used in conjunction with hair transplantation and is also used to treat a variety of other conditions such as brow lifting, removing frown lines and also to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet.

People affected by scalp scarring that choose to undergo any of these procedures must first go through a patient selection process. This will usually involve a close examination of the affected area as well as the surrounding areas that will serve as a donor site.