A case of squamous cell carcinoma of the scalp after several synthetic hair grafts

Angelo Chiarelli, Antonino Rotilio, Valeria De Min, Vanna Chiarion-Sileni, Giorgio Giatsidis, Leonardo Sartore, Franco Bassetto, Vincenzo Vindigni

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In the early 1970s a novel method for hair restoration was described and gained a large following: hair implantation of artificial synthetic fibers. Though popular, the procedure faced numerous criticisms from the scientific community by the early 1980s, and several major and minor complications in a large number of patients treated were reported. However, there were no reports of any neoplasms as complications of artificial hair implantation. Thus, we report our experience with a novel case of long-term cutaneous neoplastic degeneration of an artificial hair implantation procedure in order to provide new insight on the complications related to this procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-652
Number of pages4
JournalAesthetic Plastic Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012



  • Artificial hair
  • Fasciocutaneous flap
  • Scalp reconstruction
  • Squamous cell carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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Chiarelli, A., Rotilio, A., De Min, V., Chiarion-Sileni, V., Giatsidis, G., Sartore, L., Bassetto, F., & Vindigni, V. (2012). A case of squamous cell carcinoma of the scalp after several synthetic hair grafts. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 36(3), 649-652. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00266-012-9875-4