Scalp reduction is a procedure that removes the parts of the scalp affected by alopecia. This reduces baldness and improves the treated skin’s overall appearance. The healthier areas of the scalp are then repositioned, which makes the balding area smaller, less noticeable and much more manageable.
A scalp reduction is considered by patients when there are no donor hairs to harvest or if the patient has experienced traumas, burns, surgery or immune diseases affecting their ability to grow hair is a particular area.
The procedure is administered with a local anaesthetic to the scalp, along with a sedative to help relax patients. A percentage of the scalp two to five centimetres wide is removed per session. The scalp is then stitched closed and the bald patch appears smaller.
Scalp reduction is a permanent procedure and does not require maintenance. This is only a suitable solution to smaller areas, where the hair loss is not going to continue.