During scalp reduction, areas of bald scalp are surgically cut, and skin with hair is brought together with stitches.
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Conditions Treated with Scalp Reduction:
Scalp reduction is utilized to reduce the appearance of a bald patch.
Non-surgical alternatives to scalp reduction are the medications minoxidil and finasteride. Surgical alternatives to the procedure include microscopically magnified minigrafting and hair grafting.
Anesthesia with Scalp Reduction:
Scalp reduction is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Scalp Reduction:
Some patients experience swelling after scalp reduction. It is also possible to have a negative reaction to the anesthesia.
Recovery from Scalp Reduction:
Total recovery time following scalp reduction is two to four months.