The Art Of Hair Transplant Repair ($1490 for Scar Revisions)
Dr. Sean has gained expertise in correcting the appearance of many poorly performed hair transplants resulting from poor techniques, wrong, or outdated methods. Bad hair transplant techniques result in pluggy, or unnatural looking hairlines. Unfortunately for many who had bad hair transplants, the results were psychologically disastrous. The sad emotional aftermath of a bad hair transplant could be even worse than feeling of balding.
Dr. Sean Behnam has been a major contributor to new methods, including using ACELL, for correcting the problems caused by outdated hair transplant procedures. The outdated procedures created many cosmetic problems. Unnatural hair lines, pluggy looking, poor hair direction, and inconsistent hair growths were most common. Dr. Behnam has introduced many innovative methods that help with redesigning and restoring of the bad hair transplant techniques. Procedures such as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and in some cases Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) are able to address some of these issues. Dr. Sean uses different techniques to resolve each problem to mimic exactly the way hair grows naturally.
Thanks to Dr. Behnam’s advanced surgical methods, the number of candidates who are benefiting or have benefited from correct hair transplant repair methods will continue to grow as more people become aware that the older procedures can actually be corrected. Dr. Behnam has not only mastered both the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) but also contributed to these techniques. These new techniques allow the most naturally looking hair growth and hair lines. Both FUE and FUT techniques, however, require substantial skills and profound knowledge and are only performed well by limited number of physicians.
If the old scar has to be re-incised, how does this process reduce the appearance of the new scar to make it look it smaller, thinner, and less visible?
It will reduce the tension on the back of the scalp when that strip of tissue is removed. Tension between the upper and lower skin edges is what leads to stretched scars. Dr. Behnam uses a double layer closure during the procedure. This is when “inside of the wound and outsides are closed.” Dr. Behnam uses dis-solvable suture for the inside of the wound and then closes the outside edges using strong staples. The inner sutures reduce tension and the outside staples prevent stretching of the scar. Dr. Behnam also uses the trichophytic closure technique. In this technique, a special cut is made such that the hairs grow into the level of the scar when it heal up and makes it look less visible.
The 3 steps of the the trichytic closure. (top picture) Once the strip is remove, a special cut is made on the bottom edge. This way as the hairs grow out, the hair grow into the level of the scar ( middle and bottom picture)
What if some hairs are also removed along with the scar, what will happen those hairs? Will I have to pay for them to placed?
Four Phases of Healing
Typically, absent the use of ACELL Extracellular Matrix Technology, there are four phases to the process of healing a wound:
- The Inflammatory Phase involves bleeding, narrowing of blood vessels, clot formation, and release of chemical substances that will begin healing.
- Next is the Proliferative Phase in which a matrix or latticework of cells begins to form scar tissue.
- The Remodeling Phase begins after 2-3 weeks when the matrix becomes more organized, strengthening the scar tissue.
- The Epithelialization Phase is the process of laying down new skin covering the scar tissue.
Efforts to improve wound care treatment have focused on developing anti-inflammatory drugs and improving surgical techniques, neither of which address the dis-figuration and loss of function associated with scarring.
ACELL IS A Revolutionary Breakthrough
Regenerative medicine represents a revolutionary breakthrough in wound healing. Extracellular Matrix (ECM) is the material which holds cells together in the bodies of all mammals. ECM is like an information super highway loaded with information telling cells to grow, divide, and differentiate.
The ACELL includes a combination of ECM, growth factors, and proteins which stimulate and guide the process of tissue regeneration. The body recognizes the ECM signals and recruits the appropriate cell factors which differentiate according to what they should be. The process is a recapitulation of developmental biology.