Scarring from a hair transplant, why does it happen and what can I do about it?

Scarring from a hair transplant

Hair transplantation in the past was a seriously invasive procedure. Scarring following a hair transplant has been an issue since then. While the hair transplant techniques have come a long way, scarring is still an unavoidable aspect of the surgical hair restoration.

The prominence of the scars after a hair transplant surgery depends upon the type of technique that you have chosen.

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Scars following FUT Hair Transplant

In the case of FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant), a small hair-carrying strip is removed from the donor area of the scalp. The strip is then dissected to obtain the potential grafts in order to place them at the recipient area. The surgeon then stitches the skin at the donor area. Following this procedure, a linear prominent scar is formed at the donor area.

Scars following FUE Hair Transplant

In FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant procedure, no strip of scalp is removed and each follicular unit is extracted one by one from the donor area. While scarring is inevitable in this condition as well, but these are less noticeable and small circular scars that are spread out over a larger area.

How does it happen?

When a surgeon removes a strip or makes incisions at the scalp, the body heals by natural process forming scars. This is similar to the process when a body heals the wounds after an injury or trauma.

The size of scars depends upon the particular healing characteristics of individuals. People with elastic skin tend to develop wider scars, however, those with less elastic skin might develop finer scars.

The prominence of scars also depends upon the skills and expertise of the hair transplant surgeon. Hair transplant surgeon when performed by an inexperienced or poorly qualified surgeon might create troubles and leave large scars. When the procedure is carried out by a skilled time, your scalp will get rare and less visible scars.

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How to prevent?

While treating the scars following a hair transplant surgery may require you to undergo a laser scar removal procedure or laser keloid removal procedure, preventing them before they happen is a better option. Following are few guidelines on preventing the hair transplantation scars.

  • Do your personal research to find out the expert and board-certified surgeon in your vicinity. If you can’t find one, travel to the other place to do so.
  • Always go for a pre-procedure consultation with your surgeon in order to know about the consequences of the procedure
  • Select a technique for your hair transplant that leaves less or no scars. Hair transplant Dubai clinic offers the latest scarless procedure known as stem cell FUE hair transplant in Dubai. In this method, when hair follicles are extracted from the donor areas, some parts of them are left behind so that they can encourage the regrowth of hair, hence no visible scarring occurs in this procedure.

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Written By: Dr. Cagatay Sezgin

Dr. Cagatay Sezgin is a celebrity hair transplant surgeon with over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation and restoration. He is the First Turkish Board Surgeon to become a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and the Asian Association of Hair Transplant Surgeons (AAHRS). Moreover, he has the honor of becoming the first hair transplant surgeon in the world to perform hair, eyebrow, and beard transplantation all in one case and that too in a single session.

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