Scarring in hair transplants – is that a real thing or not? Scarring is scary. It is a nightmare. Who would want to have scars, very visible, deep, large, or red scars? Only a few. Maybe noone.
The fear of scarring in hair transplants is a natural one. Scars can occur after all types of surgeries. When it comes to hair transplant surgeries, not all of them cause visible scarring. In the 1990s, the Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT) was more popular. This method involves the removal of a strip of hair follicles with the skin from the back of the scalp, and cutting and transplantation of the hair follicles on this strip to the bald areas. In some patients, this method leaves a scar – a linear and visible one. While the result potentially depends on the surgeon’s skills and the patient’s hair loss extent, most surgeons today decide not to perform FUT operations. FUT can still be better for some patients and in some cases, however, the reliable surgeons prefer the use of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure.
FUE involves the extraction/the harvesting of follicular units one by one, and the transplantation of them. The latest technology is advanced in the sense that robotic devices are used for the extraction. They have tiny – micro needles, and therefore, it is not like cutting. The incisions are tiny, and they heal quickly. The back of the scalp is often covered in a bandage for at most a few days. In the beginning, there are tiny scabs, but these crusts fall off during showering in a few days too. The FUE procedure is not thought to form scarring, does not involve big suturing, leave linear scars. It does not involve cutting large sections on the scalp.
FUE method leaves difficult to detect scars in the back of the scalp where hair grows, and hides these tiny scars. If you had a FUT transplant before, you can undergo hair transplant scar repair.
Remember, if a trustworthy surgeon operates you using top-notch technology, the scarring will be minimal. In rare cases scarring is hard to avoid, and it will develop because some people are more prone to it, but most FUE patients experience undetectable results thanks to the newest technology. It is not right to say all hair transplant operations leave scars.
The horrific stories about large scars are often due to the wrong procedures, and black market operations performed by non-surgeons, in not reliable clinic, and not surgical conditions. FUE does not increase the scalp tension, and cause undesirable results like changing the flexibility of the scalp. One should not expect to see scarring on the recipient area.
If you have too tight or too loose scalp skin, FUE is beneficial too. After a FUE hair transplant, even when you shave your hair, the scars will not show, or they will not look very obvious. Having PRP before and after – or during – the hair transplant can also help decrease the look of the small circular scars. Talking about scars, transplanting hair follicles into the tissues with scars and marks is possible, and yet, the scarred area should have good blood flow.
Finally, the FUT hair transplants leave a linear scar, whereas the FUE hair transplants leave several tiny scars, and not one large linear scar, because the surgeons drill tiny holes on the patient’s scalp. With the improved technologies, one does not need to worry about poor results, disfigurement, scars from hair restoration. Look for surgeons who performed operations with undetectable incisions, natural hair lines, and designs, and you will be happy in the end. Judging the whole industry with a few black market or incorrect operations might put you off. Instead, discover the best results, and talk to a specialist before making your mind.