Can Hair Transplant "Plugs" be Repaired by Lasers or Electrolysis?

December 8th, 2005

Q: After a bad hair transplant, can you use lasers or electrolysis to remove the transplanted hair?

A: Electrolysis does not work well, because the follicular anatomy is distorted and it is too difficult to insert the needle in the right position.

Lasers will work as well with transplanted hair as it will with normal hair but, in either case, it takes multiple treatments.

The disadvantage of both procedures is that they destroy the hair that is removed and they do nothing to improve the appearance of the underlying skin, which is often scarred and made more visible when the hair is gone.

Graft excision, on the other hand, allows the hair to be reused and can often improve the appearance of the underlying skin.

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Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on December 8th, 2005 at 2:08 pm

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