Here is a patient who had a previous hair transplant strip procedure with a large chain Hair Transplant operation by a physician who had been performing hair transplants for over 30 years. The patient came to me requesting more density in the frontal scalp, but also complaining of a wide strip scar that was elevated with severe numbness. He also complained because the Physician who had performed his last procedure created a second strip scar deviating at one point from the first. He wanted me to take out the unsightly scar and consolidate the 2 scars into one.
When I started to dissect out the strip I noticed small blue thread and assumed it was a small retained suture that dipped below and was missed in the suture removed. To my amazement what I then discovered was that almost the entire length of the strip scar was closed below the skin with non absorbable nylon sutures. These are sutures that are only to be used on the skin surface and removed. They were placed into the subcutaneous layer below the skin and created a significant amount of scarring and was also giving the patient numbness. I removed the suture, which was caked in scarring at this point, and consolidated the 2 scars into one. The results are shown in the photos.
This should be a warning and reminder to prospective patients that when choosing your hair transplant surgeon make sure to do tremendous research into the person performing your procedure. Experience and focus on the singular discipline of hair restoration are imperative, but just as important is the fact that your surgeon should not have a cavalier attitude towards hair transplants, no matter how long they have been performing the procedure, and must convey and strong sense of sensitivity and respect for the art and science of the procedure, as well as keeping up to date on the latest developments in the field. The field of Hair Transplant surgery is the wild west and there are more unqualified individuals performing bad procedures than good. You only have one chance to do things right, so take the time to chose the proper physician who will give you the greatest chance of successfully achieving your goals.
Marc Dauer, M.D.