No ones to have scars from any treatment. People who realize they are about to get it, are anxious of the scars. Considering the advertisement and promotion of transplant services, hair transplant procedures are usually promoted as no-scar processes, but it might not be the truth.
Although hair restoration is technologically advanced to a wide level, still scars are created to some extent because of the surgery involved. Even the scar says the wound would repair on the skin and other tissues. Scarring is natural and heals with the time. Practically, scarring from the hair transplant can be minimized and it is ensured by carefully choosing a professional and reputable surgeon for the procedure. It is also based on the technology used to extract hair follicles from the donor zone and patient’s ability to heal.
The commonly used hair transplant techniques are FUT and FUE.
Scars created during FUT procedure
FUT refers to extraction of a strip of hair follicle bearing skin from the donor area of the scalp and back or sides of the head. The strip is divided into individual hair grafts that are then transplanted on the bald areas. This method results into thin linear scar that fades away within a month and will significantly lighter in a couple of months after surgery. Although if care is not taken as suggested by the surgeon, scar width may increase. Patients should pinch the stitched area after three weeks to enhance the skin laxity and decrease the scar thickness.
In FUE process, hair follicles are individually extracted from the donor area which are then transplanted on the bald region. This procedure is nominal invasive and a precision tool is used to extract the grafts. The patients receive nominal scars in the donor zone. Depending on the required count of hair follicles for the procedure, the count of scars may also vary.
There are different methods to repair the scars such as:
- In FUE technique, hair follicles can be implanted on the scar. In the natural FUE, the hairs grow again like normal hair and then cover the scars.
- Trichophytic Closure method: It decreases the scar in the donor site that occurred when strip excision is followed for hair extraction. This closure method helps to heal the scar tightly and minimizes its visibility.
- Scalp Micropigmentation: It helps to hide the scalp scars. Fine dots are used to provide the appearance of short hair that can camouflage the scar.