This hair loss question was answered by Dr. Timothy Carman of La Jolla, CA who is a member of the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians. His professional answer is below.
Three years ago I received a bad hair transplant that resulted in cobblestoning or bumps in the recipient area as well as a bad scar. I have scheduled a consultation with a dermatologist about using a Fraxel laser to smooth the skin. Are there any other non-surgical options? Also, can I sue the hair restoration clinic?
The work that was done, although certainly not stellar, would appear to fall within the category of “standard of care”, so the “suing” issue I believe may be a waste of time. The overall result wherein the follicular unit grafts are placed sparsely more than likely would be the result of “filling in” as many patients request, without attention to the fact that this will be the result when further hair loss occurs. Following the previous “immature” hairline, results in a mismatch between the contour design of the hairline and the density.
As for the raised nature of the grafts as they sit on the scalp, while this is certainly less than ideal, hair that is worn at a “normal’ (i.e. not “buzzed”) length should hide this poorer result. However, I can understand that, as this has evolved the low density you have, your hair probably doesn’t look too good in the “normal” longer style.
The donor scar, as well, is less than ideal. However, it does not appear to my eye that this is a scenario worth giving up on. Although I understand your frustration you should, in the proper hands, be able to:
1. Reduce the scar from the first hair transplant.
2. Increase the density in the hairline and frontal forelock, and;
3. Have the grafts outside the “mature” hairline removed, either by follicular unit extraction (FUE) or laser.
I hope this is helpful for you, and I am sorry you ended up with the result you did.
Dr. Timothy Carman
La Jolla Hair Restoration Medical Center