Will Closing a Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation (FUT) Incision Site Pull The Hairline Back and Tighten the Scalp?
I’ve noticed during follicular unit transplantation (FUT) surgeries a strip that can be over a centimeter wide is removed from the back of the scalp. Because of this, I’m wondering if closing this significant incision site can potentially pull the hairline back further and make the scalp tighter?
Most of the “pull and stretch” associated with scalp laxity and the tissue removed during the hair restoration surgery comes from the back of the neck area and not the forehead. Unfortunately, you will not get a face lift in addition to the hair transplant.
Some patients in time can almost return to normal laxity, meaning the “looseness” of the scalp is almost the same as it was before the procedure. However, in many cases after a hair loss patient has had several procedures there is a decrease in laxity of the donor area (meaning the scalp could be a bit tighter, but unlikely noticeable to the patient).
Scalp stretching exercises can be used in tighter scalps to improve laxity in the donor area prior to having hair transplantation surgery to potentially avoid some of this issues.
Dr. Glenn M. Charles
Blake – aka Future_HT_Doc
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