Hair transplant is a surgical procedure to restore hair in bald areas of the scalp. Hair transplant technique which is called Follicular Unit Extraction leaves no visible mark on the scalp, the scars that are formed are white scars due to the process of extraction, which are not visible. However, Follicular Unit Transplant technique leaves a linear scar on the back of the scalp.
When old hair transplant techniques are used, or the current techniques are performed improperly, or the patient is a poor healer; scarring becomes a major after hair transplant issue. Scarring may also be due to the removal of the plug which leaves a white scar. Sometimes scarring may also be due to the thickened scars or depression of grafts.
Scarring can be reduced by keeping the recipient sites very small. With the site of size, less than 1.2mm extraction process will leave no visible marks. Doing closure of wounds with suture creates a meticulous closure which reduces scarring as the edges are approximated and are under no tension. Usage of stainless steel staples also minimizes the scarring and reduces the damage of follicular units.
Let’s Talk About the Techniques of Fixing Scars
There are some techniques to reduce scarring. Among them the two most effective scar reducing techniques are
- Hair transplant scar revision
Scar revision is changing the direction of the scar while camouflage is the technique of transplanting hair into the site of the scar. With this said, thickened and flattened scars can also be fixed! Yes, thickened scars are flattened by the cortisone injections while the depressed scars are fixed by the derma fillers. The not so smooth scars can also be fixed with the laser treatments or dermabrasion.
But it is important to know that the treatment of scar depends on the nature of the scar. As each patient has a unique problem which influences the approach to be carried out. Also, an important point to know is the amount of remaining hair that are left.
Scars and Techniques
- The open donor removal of the plug leaves white round scars which can be reduced by excising scars in the same direction as the donor’s hair is removed. After the site, the area is sutured the surrounding hair around the excised tissue are dissected out under the microscopic control which serves as additional grafts.
- If the patient has various rows of round white scars from the old technique of hair transplant. They are visible even more if the patient keeps short hair. These rows of plugs can be removed in a single row of an incision. The excised strip is divided into follicular units which are placed back in the scars. After the redistribution, if camouflage is needed than hair would be extracted from the donor area using FUE technique rather than the FUT technique.
- If the patient has undergone a technique where artificial hair are sewn into the scalp, it results in massive scarring because of the rejection of the body to the foreign fibers. The scarred area is camouflaged with hair transplant scar revision To have the greater benefit of the technique the highest density is placed at the front also because of the blood flow as well which will lead to development and growth of the hair transplanted.
- If the patient has y shaped scar and has a tight scalp, so the patient is treated with hair transplant scar revision by placing some grafts on the affected area.
If you are facing such a problem of scarring after hair transplant, then visit our clinic for a consultation for hair transplant scar revision. There is no consultation fee, and our surgeon will guide you on how effectively the scar can be reduced.