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This guide provides information about Galeoplasty hair restoration, the options and stages involved with this procedure, risks, complications and suitable candidates.

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What is Galeoplasty?

This hair loss treatment is also referred to as scalp reduction, alopecia reduction or male pattern reduction. The procedure involves successively cutting out a portion of the bald scalp and stretching the hair-bearing skin to replace the bald skin which has been removed. Best results are achieved by performing this procedure in successive stages.

What are the Options with Galeoplasty?

The surgery can be performed alone or in combination with other cosmetic hair restoration treatments. Where the operation(s) have left you with full hair and limited scarring visibility, then no other treatments may be necessary. However, surgeons often suggest the procedure to be followed by hair transplantation in order to enhance the fullness of hair and to minimize visibility of scarring. Another option with galeoplasty is to undertake brow lifting to which reduce forehead lines and crow’s feet simultaneously with scalp reduction.

How Long Does Galeoplasty Take?

The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. However, depending on how long the operation is expected to take, general anesthesia may be recommended. Each operation can take around three to four hours. Most patients are able to leave several hours following surgery. If your surgeon deems it necessary, you may be asked to stay overnight in the hospital or facility to remain under observation. Most scalp reductions usually take several operations staged at 3 to 4 month intervals. How many surgeries are required will depend on your skin laxity and the severity of your hair loss. It may take over a year to achieve the best possible results.

Good Candidates for Galeoplasty

A suitable candidate should have enough hair on the back and sides of the scalp to enable the donor hair to be stretched upward to replace the excised bald skin. If you wish to combine the procedure with hair transplantation, you should also have enough hair for donor grafts. Your plastic surgeon will need to assess your suitability on an individual basis. If your hair is too sparse, galeoplasty may not be a suitable hair restoration option.

The surgeon will also consider future possibilities of expansion including the speed of alopecia progression and the laxity or tightness of your scalp skin. The procedure may not be appropriate if the skin is too rigid and lacks the ability to stretch. In addition to having adequate donor hair and suitable scalp skin, you should be in good health overall in order to receive surgery. This includes ruling out any medical conditions which would prohibit surgery.

Galeoplasty Risks & Side Effects

Following the operation you will experience swelling, pain and discomfort. This can be alleviated with pain relief medication. The operated area may also feel numb. These effects are part of the normal recovery process and subside with time. As with many surgeries, galeoplasty does have possible complications, although uncommon. You may be left with visible scarring where the skin was stitched back together, the suture lines. Some patients experience a midline scar in the centre. This is referred to as a slot deformity.  Another possible risk is the skin at the removed bald area stretching backward. These complications are reduced with the skill and experience of a competent plastic surgeon. Before you proceed with galeoplasty, be sure to speak with your surgeon about the possible risks involved and your doctor’s personal success rate.

How much does Galeoplasty Cost? Price Information

Price Range: $$ affordable $$$ moderate $$$$ high-priced

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Cheapest Cost of Galeoplasty: $2,000

Maximum Cost of Galeoplasty: $10,000

Average Cost of Galeoplasty: $6,000

These Prices Usually Include:  surgeon fees only

Additional Galeoplasty costs may include:

-          Hospital or surgical facility fees

-          Anesthesia fees

-          Prescriptions for medications

-          Medical tests

Medicare/Medicaid: Not applicable

Private Health Insurance: May be covered by some plans

Financing: Offered by finance companies

Factors affecting the Cost of Galeoplasty: extent of baldness, how many surgeries are required, location, surgeon’s skill & experience, type of anesthesia, whether overnight hospital stay is required

When asking for a quote, ask the clinic for the total cost including follow up visits and whether any rebates, specials or discounts apply.

How to Find the Best Galeoplasty Surgeon

Galeoplasty is a surgical procedure which requires specialty training and experience. Although any doctor can be a cosmetic surgeon and claim to practice in plastic surgery, invasive surgeries should only be done by a plastic surgeon that is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. To ensure the surgeon is also experienced in cosmetic surgery, find out if they are a member of the ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery). If the surgeon does not have hospital privileges for the procedure, make sure that the surgeon’s facility is accredited, state licensed or certified by Medicare.

Be sure to ask your doctor which procedures they specialize in, where they trained and how many treatments they’ve performed. Obtain lots of before and after photos of patients they’ve treated for the same area using this technique.

Even if a doctor has the right credentials, this does not mean they will be good at performing Galeoplasty surgery. Apart from researching their formal qualifications and training, try to find customer reviews to see the overall satisfaction rate of your potential doctor. Independent recommendations are invaluable for assessing the best doctor or surgeon who is most experienced in the treatment. Don’t be tempted to opt for the cheapest cost without considering the above factors. A cheap center may not offer the experience you desire. Also, you may wish to consider whether you feel more comfortable with a female or male physician.

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