Chicago Hair Institute

Hair Loss Retreatment for Overharvesting

By Dr. Raymond Konior on February 18, 2020

Man sitting on couch feeling his hairCountless people in the greater Chicago, IL have visited Dr. Raymond J. Konior for hair loss procedures. A leader in hair transplants and treatment, Dr. Konior is able to achieve natural results when dealing with male pattern baldness and thinning. He can even revise problems with previous hair transplants from other surgeon that had less than ideal results.

One reason for hair loss retreatment is a condition known as overharvesting. It’s a phrase you may not be familiar with. Below, we’ll discuss what this problem is and how we can address overharvesting by using different hair restoration techniques.

What Is Overharvesting During Hair Transplant Surgery?

During follicular unit extraction (FUE), thousands of hair follicles are harvested from the donor area at the back of the head in order to be placed along the top and front of the hairline where balding occurs.

When too many follicular units are taken from the donor site, it can lead to:

  • Thinning hair around the donor site
  • Bald patches around the donor site
  • Visible scar tissue around the donor site

All of these above issues are signs of overharvesting, which means too many follicular units were removed, causing poor cosmetic outcomes.

Why Does Overharvesting Happen?

Overharvesting tends to be a problem with inexperienced hair restoration surgeons. When a hair transplant surgeon lacks experience, they often do not properly plan their procedure or consider factors that could impact the final results. Thankfully, that’s not an issue here at the Chicago Hair Institute. Regardless, there are many patients in the region who have to deal with the repercussions of overharvesting because of an initial hair restoration that was poorly planned.

Problems Caused by Overharvesting

If you’ve experienced overharvesting, you know just how unsightly the bald patches and scar tissue around the back of the scalp can be. While the areas of the scalp affected by male pattern baldness are no longer an issue, the rest of a person’s hair can look patchy and unnatural. This can lead to serious bouts of self-consciousness as well as a feeling of regret about undergoing hair restoration in the first place.

Candidates for Hair Loss Retreatment

Good candidates for hair loss retreatment are people who have had bad experiences with hair loss procedures in the past. For issues with overharvesting, people with visible bald spots or thinning around the back of the scalp should consider visiting Chicago Hair Institute for a consultation. We can look at the donor site and determine if it’s possible to address the problems the patient is facing.

What Technique Will Be Used to Address the Problem?

The best way to treat overharvesting will usually involve alternatives to FUE. Instead, we may rely on follicular unit transplantation (FUT), which uses a strip of donor follicles taken from part of the scalp. If this is not an ideal option, we could look into nonsurgical alternatives to traditional hair restoration that will help blend the thinning or exposed scalp with the rest of your hair.

The Results of Hair Loss Retreatment

Whatever technique is ultimately used, the results of a hair loss retreatment can be dramatic, particularly for people suffering from overharvesting. Thanks to revision of the previous hair transplant, patients will no longer have serious problems with bald patches and thinning hair around the back of the scalp. We can improve the results of the initial procedure a great deal.

Learn More About Correcting a Poor Hair Restoration Procedure

If you would like to learn more about correcting a flawed hair restoration procedure, be sure to contact a skilled hair restoration specialist. You can reach our practice in Oakbrook Terrace by calling (630) 932-9690. We’re here to help you.

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