Just like it sounds, a flap surgery for hair loss means surgically moving a flap of skin with hair from one side of the scalp to the other side without completely removing it. The free-form flap surgery involves the complete removal of a flap and placement in the area needing hair. Flap surgery involves a long strip and must be twisted during the placement. Patients are always left with an unsightly knot where the flap was twisted.
This is a surgical and invasive procedure for hair loss. It is not a hair transplant, although it provides immediate results. There are many advanced methods to consider when looking into hair restoration procedures.
The hair flap surgery has been performed for years. When and why depends on your surgeon’s evaluation of your scalp and what is required to achieve the results you’re seeking.
At times, the flap surgery is combined with the scalp reduction surgery in order to completely cover the bald area. This, and the reduction surgery are not for everyone. Only you and your surgeon can determine whether these surgeries will provide you with the look you’re looking to achieve.
What are the risk factors with flap surgery?
There are many risk factors to consider when discussing flap surgery. Hair loss treatments all have risks, but this procedure may include infection and excessive bleeding, to name a few. Your surgeon will discuss all the risk details with you, there are, however, very common problems and aesthetic issues for you to consider and ask about during your consultation:
- Unnatural aesthetics
- Hair will always grow in the opposite direction
- Difficult to style the hair as you see fit
- Complete death of the strip, which means it will not grow hair
- Skin does not attach properly and hangs over the overhead, which is not appealing
- 100% of the time, there’s a visible scar
There are many plastic surgeons that perform flap surgery, hair lifts and scalp reduction surgery on severely disfigured patients due to injury or burns. The majority of professional hair loss restoration specialists will always recommend the least invasive methods first if you qualify as a candidate.
Alternative and less invasive hair restoration options are hair grafting of various size grafts, most common the Strip method hair transplant or the least invasive and the FDA-approved FUE hair transplant system. These options are not only less invasive, but they also provide an aesthetically appealing result.
Empower yourself with all the details prior to your consultation. Then find a hair restoration specialist you can trust, discuss all the details and your specialist will advise you on the best hair loss correction procedure, after they’ve closely evaluated your scalp and overall needs.
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