Scalp reconstruction restores the appearance of the scalp after traumatic injuries, removal of skin cancers, or hair loss. Scalp skin is very different from the skin of the rest of the face. The skin is hair bearing, thicker and non-elastic. Small and medium sized defects of the scalp may be repaired with mobilized adjacent scalp skin. Large defects of scalp skin cannot be repaired with transfer of adjacent scalp due to inflexibility of skin. In these situations, scalp tissue expansion or skin grafting from another part of the body will be necessary.
During a consultation visit for scalp reconstruction, Dr. Khosh will examine you to determine the size and location of the defect, and the quality and elasticity of your scalp skin. The consultation will then focus on discussing your options in repair of your scalp. Factors such as your general health status, your aesthetic goals from reconstruction, and timing of the repair will help determine the best reconstructive option. Dr Khosh will then spend time to explain the steps involved in your reconstructive procedure, and your expected recovery.
In the links below, you will find case studies of patients undergoing scalp reconstruction. Please browse these case studies to gain further insight into repair of scalp defects.