Skin cancer hair transplant treatments are not very common. Skin cancer itself has become a fairly common issue in our society so the discussion of skin cancer hair transplant surgery rarely elicits the attention it deserves. Sometimes unusual circumstances can bring this problem back into focus.
For instance, this skin cancer hair transplant patient we present today suffered from a severe form of skin cancer that he luckily was able to address before irreversible serious damage could be done. Once the cancerous area of his scalp was removed via surgery he had to have a skin flap placed on top of the wound to allow for proper healing. Unfortunately this resulted in excessive scar tissue which became a cosmetic problem. The patient continued to have difficulty styling his hair as the scar tissue was far too obvious regardless of his attempts to hide it.
The patient tried to have the scar tissue addressed before visiting Dr. Cooley by having a skin cancer hair transplant by another clinic. Unfortunately, the yield was low and failed to provide the density, coverage and above all, the naturalness necessary to properly and naturally conceal the problems that the patient was experiencing. Dr. Cooley could not isolate what the problem was that prevented full yield from the skin cancer hair transplant the patient received before but the patient put his trust in Dr. Cooley to improve the situation so that he could move on and live his life without having to be concerned about the large scar on the side of his scalp.
Dr. Cooley was confident he could help so a skin cancer hair transplant was planned. The general rule of thumb is that scar tissue has a reduced vascularity so most physicians will approach scar tissue with caution and perhaps recommend multiple small procedures to address coverage and eventual density. Cases like this show that this general approach is not always necessary. Dr. Cooley examined the patient’s case very closely and determined that approximately 1360 grafts would be necessary to provide coverage AND density in one procedure.
The final result of the procedure is impressive and it is a visual contradiction to the general idea that scar tissue cannot accept enough attention in one procedure to consider the attempt a full success without need for subsequent surgical intervention. Each case involving scar tissue must be fully analyzed and considered before attempting surgery but the right case can have incredible success.
Oftentimes when a hair transplant patient has experienced a positive result they begin to realize the potential for additional benefits. It was when the patient began to enjoy the benefits of his first procedure with Dr. Cooley that he began to inquire about the natural androgenic alopecia problem for the back of his scalp in the crown. After another consultation Dr. Cooley recommended a second FUSS procedure along with PRP/ACell and finasteride for the best result possible. Dr. Cooley transplanted 1530 grafts in one procedure for the result you see below. The final result is eight months after the second procedure.