Scalp lift surgery

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The scalp lift treatment at Clínica Sanza in Barcelona consists of performing a superficial tightening of the scalp in order to cover the alopecic areas of the crown and sides, or to enlarge the micrograft donor area in cases where it is scarce.

It is also done in patients who wish to advance the first line of hair implantation, that is, reduce a very clear forehead.


Normally, men with AGA (androgenic alopecia) in the crown or any patient who has suffered an accident with loss of the scalp in the occipital area.

Men or women who want to reduce the space without hair between the eyebrows and the beginning of it, that is, the forehead.

You can see cases of this surgery procedure in the photos that we show you below.


Using this technique, we can cover very extensive baldness and the result is immediate, since with the lifting hair follicles are not reimplanted but the skin expands in such a way that the alopecic area is covered with hair at the time of the intervention.


  • 2 to 3 hours



• Evaluation of the area to determine the adequacy of the treatment
• Follow specific guidelines determined by the doctor
• Analysis and tests on the cardiac and respiratory status


• Local and sedation


• Outpatient or 24-hour admission


• Requires bandaging for 24 to 48 hours
• Medication if required
• Mandatory check-ups after a few days, a few weeks and a few months, according to prescription


• You can wash your hair after 3 days
• Normal life after 3 days without sweating or doing sports for a month
• Do not wear a hat, cap …, or any object that presses on the suture area for 3 days after the operation ; after this time it can be used if desired


  • Hair increase in the desired area, with greater density than an implant
  • Rejuvenated appearance
  • Improvement of the psychological profile and self-esteem of the patient


  • Simple-medium intervention


  • Low
  • Risks of the intervention: visible scarring that must be retouched
  • Risks of any intervention: hemorrhage, infection, impaired healing


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Frequently asked questions about scalp lifting surgery

What is a scalp lift?

Scalp lifting, also called scalp reduction, consists of a surgical hair restoration operation that removes alopecic areas (bald areas) and stretches the scalp with hair forward to replace hairless areas.

Who is a candidate for a Scalp Lift?

Although in Clinica Sanza we carry out the most avant-garde techniques of hair micrografts which allow us great results, there are certain types of patients for whom scalp reduction or hair lifting is an excellent alternative highly recommended to cover both the crown and the entrances and advance the first line of hair in very detached fronts.

Can a scalp lift be used on scarred areas?

Yes, the scalp lifting is a good option in cases where you want to remove an alopecic scar area in some area of the head. Exceptionally, the reduction of alopecia, in certain patients with scars or after-effects of injuries or accidents, can be performed using a scalp expander, a technique that stretches the skin of the scalp that has hair to provide greater coverage in bald areas.

Can a scalp lift be combined with micro hair grafts or any other procedure?

Yes. In certain patients, scalp reduction or lifting is a very effective hair restoration method that can be performed as a single procedure to remove bald areas or in combination with hair micrografts to achieve the desired aesthetic effect and occasionally in combination with other cosmetic surgery procedures such as a brow or eyebrow lift.

When can I resume my normal activities after a scalp lift?

It depends on the extent of the procedure, although usually after 4-5 days you can do the most usual daily activities, and after a month you can do all kinds of physical exercise and sports.

What is the procedure for performing a scalp lift?

The lifting of scalp is an ambulatory procedure, that is to say it does not require internment, it is carried out with local anesthesia and a soft sedation, it can last between 1 to 2 hours depending on the extension, the removal of stitches is carried out to the 10 or 15 days of the intervention. We take off the capillary zone and advance it to cover the alopecic or hairless zone.

Is a scalp lift a painful procedure?

No, precisely the key of this type of surgery is to carry it out minimizing the tension to preserve the hair, so the inflammation is minimal and the eventual discomfort is transitory and easily controllable with an anti-inflammatory and a mild analgesic.

Why do some people think the scalp lift is out of use?

The lack of information and the emergence of certain trends give rise to this erroneous opinion. The scalp lifting is a technique that has been modified with the passage of time and in which we use materials and sutures increasingly refined, so the results are infinitely better than those achieved a few years ago, and although the techniques of hair micrografts have also improved and are the first choice for certain patients, the hair lift is still, alone or in combination with hair grafts, an excellent alternative for a group of specific patients. 

The disadvantage is that it must be performed in the operating room and the price is higher than the grafts, but the result is better to achieve greater hair density than can be achieved with micro grafts, either with the technique of FUE or FUS.


At Clínica Sanza we rely on the Sagrat Cor Hospital, part of the Quirónsalud group, to perform our surgical procedures.
Its prestige, facilities, medical and healthcare staff, as well as its technology are a guarantee.


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