Micrografts and Minigrafts: A New Approach for Baldness Surgery

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Abstract

The main problem in conventional operations for baldness has certainly been the resultant scar. The scar stigmatizes the patient's forehead and frequently gives an unaesthetic and unnatural appearance. Any observer would say the patient is wearing a “hairpiece” or some other artificial element. To minimize this problem, we introduced and improved a new procedure for the treatment of pattern baldness by using microsurgical hair grafts taken from the occipital region. These are inserted, one by one, into the bald area through a small microsurgical knife and with the help of a jeweler's forceps. This technique is based on works of Marrit and Nordstrom, who made use of these micrografts for the first time to hide the anterior line of the forehead after surgery.

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