Scalp Reduction

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Scalp Reduction

How does the Reduction of the Scalp Work?

Scalp Reduction – Scalp reduction is a surgical hair restoration treatment which involves stretching the skin of the scalp. It used to be a hugely popular method of restoring hair to the scalp. However, with the growing prevalence and popularity of hair transplant in Turkey, the technique may be starting to lose its appeal. Despite this, a scalp reduction is still an option which can be performed on its own or alongside a hair transplant process. Find out more about how it works here.

How It Works

The technique involves stretching the skin on the scalp and removing the balding areas. Then, the team will reduce the uncovered region using the hair-covered scalp to close the space. Experts will apply a local anaesthetic while conducting this process. And patients can also receive a mild sedative to help them to relax. A scalp reduction is a relatively invasive process given that it involves removing a strip of skin measuring 2-5cm in a single session. It then means stretching out the healthy scalp afterwards and repositioning this. Doing this helps to reduce the balding area and make it more manageable.

Reducing a larger scalp area, which can happen following severe burns or trauma, will require general anaesthesia. In these cases, the hair transplantation will take place in a second session. In top hair care facilities such as SHIFT Hair Transplant, surgeons are experts in injecting fat into the scar tissue and readying the scalp for transplantation.

Why Perform A Scalp Reduction?

A scalp reduction is not necessary in standard hair transplants, such as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). The treatment has been designed more for curing androgenic alopecia (baldness) and removing the scalp sections impacted by the same.

Scalp reduction may be necessary when there are lower numbers of donor hairs for harvesting or when the patient suffers from cicatricial alopecia. This outcome can happen in the event of surgery, burns, prior traumas or immune system disorders. A reduction in the balding areas of the scalp may be necessary in order to achieve a high hair density and the same rate of success as in hair transplantation.

As hair loss patterns and scalp types vary from one person to another, it is important to assess the scalp thoroughly in order to achieve the best results. If a scalp reduction takes place along with a hair transplant procedure, several sessions will be needed. This can, in turn, lengthen the recovery time for patients. It is therefore essential that professionals thoroughly assess these unique requirements.