Surgery to cover bald areas of the scalp may
be used to treat
hair loss. If successful, surgery may be a permanent
treatment for hair loss.
The most common types of surgery to treat hair loss
Hair transplant surgery. During this surgery, your doctor will move small grafts (pieces
of skin with hair follicles) from areas of your scalp with full hair to areas
of your scalp that are bald or thinning. The grafts may include single hairs or
up to 30 hairs in one graft. This is the most common type of surgery used to
treat hair loss.
Scalp reduction. Scalp reduction involves removing
large areas of bald scalp from the head. Sections of the scalp with growing
hair are then stretched and sewn together to fill in the bald
Scalp flaps. Scalp flaps involve moving a large section of
scalp containing hair from the side and back of the head to a bald area. One
side of the flap remains attached to the scalp as the section of scalp with
hair is moved to cover a bald area. The complication rate of this procedure is
higher than other procedures because of bleeding, scarring, and infection after
What to think about
Surgery may be a more permanent
solution than medicines to treat hair loss, but it is expensive, it involves
surgical risks, and there is a chance that not all hair follicles will remain
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March 12, 2014
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