It should go without saying that patients should do everything within their power to ensure they avoid a bad hair transplant in the first place, but this is not always possible for patients who have already undergone an outdated procedure that did not turn out the way the patient originally expected. Fortunately, it is possible for a bad hair transplant to be corrected by a skilled and experienced hair restoration doctor.
In fact, there are actually quite a few corrective options available to patients who are not satisfied with the result of a previous hair transplant. In the case of an outdated hair transplant procedure using plugs or mostly mini grafts, a doctor can utilize a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) using micro grafts (1 to 2 hair follicles) to create a more natural-looking result that effectively obscures the undesirable appearance of the previous procedure. In some cases, although its difficult, it may also be possible for the doctor to remove the previously transplanted grafts so they can be separated and rearranged for a much more natural-looking appearance.
Sometimes, a patient’s hair transplant is not actually “bad” by any objective measure, but simply no longer suits the patient’s needs in terms of their preferred hairstyle. Patients who have previously undergone a strip hair restoration procedure, for example, may later decide to keep their hair much shorter than they had before. A shorter hairstyle might reveal the thin, horizontal scar left behind by the Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), so doctors might recommend that the patient consider Scalp Micropigmentation, which is especially effective in covering up the scar from an FUT procedure. Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-surgical procedure that uses advanced medical grade pigment to provide a natural look. It takes 3 to 4 sessions of 1 to 3 hours each. The initial sessions are 2 to 3 hours whereas the subsequent sessions can be 1 to 1.5 hrs.