Burn alopecia or hair transplantation to the scalp that has been burned as a result of an accident can be done, of course, but treating patients can often be difficult for both the hair transplant specialist and the patient. It requires a great deal of experience and knowledge. As with other reconstructive procedures required in the post-burn stage, this is a multi-stage process that often requires several years of different surgical procedures. This is because graft removal is not as reliable as in healthy, unscathed skin, and hair transplantation needs to be repeated to achieve sufficient density. Also, different burn areas may need to be addressed in separate procedures.
Now you know, there are some factors that determine whether a patient is a candidate for hair transplantation. For example, the amount of hair loss and the availability of suitable donor hair. However, in addition to all these, burn victims must be separated from ordinary people and the hair transplantation process must be carried out with care, patience and continuous psychological support.
Anyone who has suffered a severe burn, suffered, has had to endure this life-threatening situation has already had to deal with unexplained trauma, not to mention a path to recovery. But let’s not forget that most of the time, almost all of them cope with it, accept it and want to move on. And one day he comes knocking on our door in order to look better. Because after hair transplantation, it is possible for the scars to be camouflaged as the hair grows. Helping burn patients who experience permanent hair loss to regain a part of their identity and appearance is one of the subjects that make me very happy in my professional life.
In fact, when we look at the history of hair transplantation, I can say that the idea of hair transplantation began with the application to burn patients. The hair transplant that a Japanese dermatologist applied to burn victims in 1939 made us all get hairy today. Dr. Okuda’s work at that time was documented, and experts continued to develop and refine this system until we got to where we are today with hair transplantation. As I said, the starting point is at the heart of this life-changing procedure, with the goal of helping burn victims.
Burn patients, like others who prefer hair transplantation, are looking for essentially the same result, a natural-looking head structure, moreover, a safe and comfortable, most importantly, a permanent solution. Today, there are techniques designed to help improve the scarring and appearance of a person’s scalp after a burn event. I’m talking about a step-by-step process that improves blood flow. Especially when auxiliary elements such as fat transfer and stem cells are applied to patients with burned scalp before hair transplantation, they offer a chance for natural, healthy hair to grow.
As I said, this is a much more delicate and lengthy procedure than the typical outpatient treatment at a hair transplant centre. However, the main thing is that there is hope for those who need a hair transplant, those who want to look young again, and those who have more burned scalp. For many of these patients, especially those dealing with more severe burns that cover large areas, it is just the beginning and a long way to go to regaining a normal appearance. Having a normal hairline, covering the burn scars with growing hair and, in their own words, “looking more normal” improves the spirit of these people and really makes a difference.