Should you expect hair transplant scars if you want your hair back? No.
The hair transplant scars after a FUE transplant are undetectable – they are so minimal, and covered by the existing hair, that it is hard for anyone to notice. Plus, they are on the back of your scalp.
A FUT hair transplant on the other hand, leaves you with a larger scar. Though if performed well, this does not have to be unsightly either. It is only more visible, more detectable by the others. If you are left with a scar after your hair transplant, for this or that reason, there is no shame is feeling bad about it. Try to find a surgeon who can enhance your look.
It is best to avoid an accident before it happens. Most hair transplant scars can be camouflaged. To minimize scarring in hair transplants, the hair transplant surgeon should assess your hair transplant and scalp elasticity well. There may still be underlying conditions such Ehlers-Danlos syndrome where the skin elasticity is very high. It is hard to know if an Ehlers-Danlos patient will have hair transplant scars.
In other cases, the surgeon should make tiny incisions, transplant the hair follicles at the natural direction of the existing hair – not too low, not too high. Your surgeon should have an idea about your overall health, how your scars and injuries heal. The eyebrow, beard and mustache hair transplants should also be performed with the same care – smaller incisions, taking the hair follicles one by one, and transplanting them one by one.
As a patient, there are also a few things pre and post-surgery, to avoid and minimize the scars after your hair transplant. You can ask your hair transplant surgeon about what to do and what not to do. Keep a balanced diet, exercise in general (not immediately after your hair transplant though), do not smoke, and the healthier you are, the healthier your skin, and therefore the better the hair transplant results.