Reconstruction (Scalp Flap and Tissue Expander)
The most significant indicators of youthful-looking hair are the position and shape of your hairline. Many men and women become increasingly self-conscious as their hair begins to become progressively thinner. Most often, such hair loss is simply a genetic trait. An uneven or high hairline can cause patients to hide their heads by wearing hats or headpieces. Fortunately, Dr. Daniel Rousso can provide state-of-the-art procedures that can improve your hairline and boost your appearance and self-confidence.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Ideal candidates are typically women who have a stable hairline that is higher than desirable and have a relatively loose scalp. If the scalp is tight, it can be loosened with a tissue expander, which adds a step, but is still a viable option. This treatment may not be ideal for men undergoing male pattern hair loss. However, other treatment options can be discussed during a personal consultation with Dr. Rousso or Dr. Adams.
What Are My Procedure Options?
Both the skin flap and tissue expander technique are similar to brow lift surgery, which involves excising skin from the forehead area.
Skin Flap Technique
For patients that have a very large forehead or high hairline, the skin flap technique can lower the hairline by removing the skin on the forehead if a patient has a loose scalp. This treatment is best for patients who are looking for an alternative to hair transplants and desire a natural-looking head of hair.
Tissue Expander Technique
Patients who have a tight scalp and an unusually high hairline can opt for the tissue expander technique. This two-step procedure will require balloon-like expanders to be inserted under your scalp and inflated over a period of six to eight weeks. Once the scalp is stretched out, the expanders are then removed, and the hairline will be pulled forward and lowered.
How Long Will My Recovery Be?
Following your procedure, you will be asked to wear a surgical head wrap to protect your scalp and minimize swelling. You will experience some swelling and bruising, but this should resolve after a few weeks. Typically, staples will remain in place for one week. You may also experience mild discomfort and tightness for a few days. Dr. Rousso can provide medications to minimize pain. You should be able to return to normal activities about two weeks after your surgery.
What Results Can I Expect?
You can expect long-lasting results that will improve the shape and position of your hairline as well as improve facial balance by reducing an elongated forehead.
To learn more about our hair reconstruction treatments, please contact us.