Surgery to cover bald areas of the scalp may be used to treat . If successful, surgery may be a permanent treatment for hair loss.
The most common types of surgery to treat hair loss include:
- Hair transplant surgery. During this surgery, your doctor will move small grafts (piecesof skin with hair follicles) from areas of your scalp with full hair to areasof your scalp that are bald or thinning. The grafts may include single hairs orup to 30 hairs in one graft. This is the most common type of surgery used totreat hair loss.
- Scalp reduction. Scalp reduction involves removinglarge areas of bald scalp from the head. Sections of the scalp with growinghair are then stretched and sewn together to fill in the baldareas.
- Scalp flaps. Scalp flaps involve moving a large section ofscalp containing hair from the side and back of the scalp to a bald area. Oneside of the flap remains attached to the scalp as the section of scalp withhair is moved to cover a bald area. The complication rate of this procedure ishigher than other procedures because of bleeding, scarring, and infection aftersurgery.
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 healthy.